How Sarah Palin’s Facebook page works

More than one Nathan Deal fan, over the last few weeks, has mentioned that they’ve registered their disappointment with Sarah Palin on her Facebook page – for her endorsement of Karen Handel in the Georgia race for governor.

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It is a logical venue for complaints, given that Facebook is the vehicle that Palin used to announce her support of Handel shortly before the July 20 primary.

But a one-day trip through comments on Palin’s Facebook page shows only one disagreeing post, made more than 24 hours ago:

Louise Stewart Shackelford: I am a big fan but I wish you had done more research before making your endorsement of Handel for Gov. of GA. She is not a good candidate just because she is female.

John Dickerson at Slate may have found the reason for the absence of pushback from Georgia in a short piece on Palin’s use of this social media forum:

Palin’s Facebook page is a key tool in her public brand management. She has used it effectively to project her message, appear connected with voters, and bypass the traditional media (while simultaneously using it to rebroadcast her message).

In a recent Facebook post, she celebrated her 2 millionth fan on the site and the size of her reach. “Two million! Wow! That’s more than some cable news shows. Thank you all and let’s keep the momentum!”

How much work does it take to keep everything so sanitized? To help me find out, my colleague Jeremy Singer-Vine wrote a program to capture comments to Palin’s page before the clean-up crew could arrive. …. All these posts were initially public, if only for a few minutes.

We looked at the comments to 10 Palin posts over 12 days, capturing the deletions in the 24 hours after the posts were live. In that period, a rough average of 10 percent of total posts were deleted.

Dickerson has a link explaining how his program works. Among those comments jettisoned, he says, were “complaints about [Palin's] endorsements of so many female candidates.”

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68 comments Add your comment

AnyoneButHandel

August 3rd, 2010
5:21 pm

Mine were deleted after 2 minutes

Beyond The Rhetoric

August 3rd, 2010
5:27 pm

“Earmarks Could Help Candidates in Midterms; Palin and Tea Party Connections Could Hurt”, Pew Research Center.

http://people-press.org/report/642/

Marge

August 3rd, 2010
5:50 pm

I agree. All of the conservative women I know are supporting Deal because of his legislative record and consistent conservative actions. Today on the Politico website is the article about Palin endorsing women she has never met based on some consulting firm she uses to “vet” the candidates. Women candidates who do NOT want her endorsement were surprised. Palin looks diminshed now that she has chosen the gender of ‘mama grizzlies” over conservatives.
Reference: http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0810/40565.html

Truth

August 3rd, 2010
5:57 pm

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported last week that a federal grand jury subpoenaed state Revenue Commissioner Bart Graham over a meeting he had with Deal about the former congressman’s lucrative longstanding business relationship with the state.

Deal and his business partner Ken Cronan operate a salvage yard in Gainesville that for nearly 20 years enjoyed a no-bid agreement with the state to provide space for inspections of rebuilt vehicles. The AJC reported in August 2009 that Deal intervened with Graham and other state leaders to stop Graham from changing the program that earned Deal and Cronan’s company nearly $300,000 a year.

The newspaper’s report led to a congressional ethics investigation that found Deal possibly violated U.S. House rules. Deal resigned from Congress in March before any formal accusation was made.

No Bid Deal

August 3rd, 2010
5:59 pm

Deal’s record of Adding $8 trillion in debt during his 18 years in Washington is not conservative. He sure liked the $$$ on the $300,000.00 no bid agreement from the State of Georgia.

????

August 3rd, 2010
6:00 pm

See you’ll next Monday at the Handel Palin rally.

not-?????

August 3rd, 2010
6:08 pm

Yes….most of us at the Palin rally will be holding signs that say “Conservative Women for Nathan Deal” See ya there!!!!

WAW

August 3rd, 2010
6:09 pm

Sarah has used best business practices in selling the Sarah brand. That people are childish to believe that Buffalo Bob and Howdy are talking directly to them feeds a personal need. It sold Ovaltine and it will sell Sarah. Oh what you do for me… Sarah?

Billy Joe Poteet

August 3rd, 2010
6:15 pm

I’ll stay with Handel and I’ll see y’all at the Handel victory celebration after the run-off!

Jan in Marietta

August 3rd, 2010
6:37 pm

The AJC article regarding Gov. Palin’s blog is very interesting. Please do similar investigative journalism consistently for all the candidates.Keep it coming! My comments were also deleted from the Governor’s web site. I also asked her (woman-to-woman) to reconsider her support of women candidates without knowing the facts. By the way, Ms. Handel promised to replace the inaccurate voting machines when she ran for Sec. of State. She did not honor that promise and received campaign contributions from the same folks that made and sold the voting machines to GA. That smacks of dishonesty to me.

Travis McGee

August 3rd, 2010
7:09 pm

I do believe that some of you dummies would vote for a serial killer if he ran for office on the Republican ticket.

Used to be Disgusted

August 3rd, 2010
7:14 pm

Family feud in the leper colony.

Rick Patel

August 3rd, 2010
7:14 pm

Oh, please. Almost every website with a comment section has a “flag abuse” tag that regulars use against “trolls” who don’t sing along with the choir. “Progressive” sites which allow the vilest invective against Sarah Palin will delete many comments favorable to her. That’s the way it goes.

GG68

August 3rd, 2010
7:20 pm

Travis McGee

August 3rd, 2010
7:09 pm

I do believe that some of you dummies would vote for a serial killer if he ran for office on the Republican ticket.

Amen!

Levi

August 3rd, 2010
7:20 pm

Im un friending her…

Billy Joe Poteet

August 3rd, 2010
7:42 pm

The AJC just posted a news story stating that Deal has reversed his position on accepting federal funds for education. This is after Handel had stated that she would indeed accept the funding. Maybe Deal thinks there is a “no-bid contract” in the offing?

Billy Joe Poteet

August 3rd, 2010
7:45 pm

@Travis McGee

“I do believe that some of you dummies would vote for a serial killer if he ran for office on the Republican ticket.”

Nope, and I have never voted for a lying muslim either. John D. McDonald would be ashamed of you for even saying that!

Dawgfan

August 3rd, 2010
8:37 pm

@Billy Joe Poteet, Mr. Deal changed his position on Race to the Top because he actually spoke to the public and those affected by it to further understand it. That’s what a true representative of the public does…listens to those they represent.

Beyond The Rhetoric

August 3rd, 2010
8:44 pm

I have the utmost respect for Sarah Palin, her views are normally ’spot on’. Sarah Palin, along with Glenn Beck, contributed greatly to the Tea Party Movement throughout the country. What we used to call ‘The Silent Majority’, is no longer silent. They are now Tea Party members. Although the number of members don’t indicate this, I have talked to many people, Republicans, Independents, and Democrats that support the ideals, but don’t want to get involved in the movement. Their voices will be heard at the polls.

With that said, I honestly don’t believe that Sarah did her homework on Karen Handel. If you think about it, Sarah’s endorsements have not won a general election or taken office to this point. How do we know her judgment on endorsements can be trusted?
Georgians, voting in the Republican Runoff, should seriously look at the candidates plans to correct the many issues that face us today. Sunday’s entire debate can be seen on the Fox 5 News website.

This Sunday at 7:30PM, Deal and Handel will debate on Georgia Public Television. The program will be sponsored by the Atlanta Press Club. Please record or tune in. Be an informed voter on August 10th…..

Beyond The Rhetoric

August 3rd, 2010
8:54 pm

The article regarding Deal’s change of heart on the federal, ‘Race to The Top’ money was written by Ashley Fielding of the Gainesville Times and can be found online at:
http://www.gainesvilletimes.com/section/154/article/36106/

Patrick Hannigan

August 3rd, 2010
9:21 pm

I’m going to assume that is is entirely OK to vote for a serial killer IF she happens to be a Socialist Democrat. Am I right on this?

jarvis

August 3rd, 2010
9:26 pm

There are not female serial kilers.

Legend of Len Barker

August 3rd, 2010
9:28 pm

People are just now noticing that Palin’s Facebook is heavily moderated? That should’ve been an easy one. For a woman as controversial as her, there’s no way all the comments would be positive.

This is just indicative of modern times. Lots of people refuse to challenge their views and go to news (or “news”) sites that confirm their opinion.

Tomhere

August 3rd, 2010
9:31 pm

See you in Tea, Sarah!

Art S.

August 3rd, 2010
9:32 pm

It does my heart good to see the constant whining from the bed-wetting lefties when Sarah Palin is involved in anything. They just can’t stand it! Envy, jealousy and loathing are all part of the left’s teachings in life. Go get ‘em Sarah!

Patrick Hannigan

August 3rd, 2010
9:37 pm

@jarvis
Go back outside and play, son. I was only being politically correct. Neither of us knows whether there are any wymmyn who are serial killers.

Jeff is at it again...

August 3rd, 2010
10:05 pm

Conservatives need to quit bickering over this. For years the ultra right threw their support behind Millner who didn’t have a chance against the Democrats. Now we’re watching them attempt to give the election to Barnes. When will they ever learn?

Irony Amuses Me

August 3rd, 2010
10:17 pm

LOL! I hope the conned nominate Handel for governor. That way Barnes can legitimately run as the less liberal candidate.

John K

August 3rd, 2010
10:18 pm

I guess she doesn’t like “gotcha” facebook comments.

jimmie

August 3rd, 2010
10:20 pm

I’[ll go with Palin anyday over Galloways lies

Just Say No

August 3rd, 2010
10:25 pm

I have two Facebook accounts, not only have my comments been removed, I have been banned from ever posting on her Facebook account again. So much for free speech.

Ted

August 3rd, 2010
10:31 pm

@ Dawgfan and the other whiners:
Ex-Rep Deal changes his mind on federal funds after talking to the people – you say!
Well he keeps telling us of his years and years in State of GA and House of Rep. Don’t you think he should have made up his mind on federal funding of education a long time ago. At least 18 month ago, when the Won took office?
At least Karen was honest and said we should strive for our share.
PS – I guess qwe is bad mouthing the Rep from the northern part of GA. Since both women were not from GA, as many posters here keep reminding us.
By the way – tommorow when you posters go to work, do a quick survey of 10 co-workers. See how many have moved into the state during the past 10 years. Then be sure to make nasty remarks to them about how they are a bunch of transplants.
Please let us know how that works for you, you can post from the Emergency room.
ha

Ted

August 3rd, 2010
10:37 pm

@ Just say no. Well, you too just proved that you have no clue.
“Free speech”? Where, when did you learn that free speech applies to you leaving nasty notes on someones facebook page???
I will help you, because I know you will rush right out and study up on it. Free speech means free political speech and the government should not arrest you. Note I said should not, because with the Won as Pres, it may change shortly.
Now you run along little boy and go do your homework.

mirandalamber2012

August 3rd, 2010
10:48 pm

I been on Palin FB page for awhile. I would be willing to bet that most of the comments deleted are from liberals who dont even bother to discuss the issue but make the typical vile, profane and personal insults that liberals are known for.

Mike

August 3rd, 2010
10:49 pm

@Just Say No

Yeah, free speech…just like my posts on the Daily Kos suddenly disappeared.

Hypocrisy is when you complain when conservatives do exactly what you do.

About the Clayton County Commission...

August 3rd, 2010
11:11 pm

Wole Ralph. The weak link. He’s been promised the Chairmanship. Therefore, he has remained in the Star Constellation. But, he’s the weak link. He’ll give up his seat to run for Chairman…because the Big Kahuna has promised him the Chairmanship. But, Chairman Bell isn’t going anywhere. He likes being Chairman, and he is doing a credible job. He will clobber Wole. Hear me again: He will clobber Wole. This will be a fun race to watch. Eldrin Bell will clobber Wole Ralph. Yes, Wole is the weak link in the Star Chain.

mirandalamber2012

August 3rd, 2010
11:17 pm

Hey Lefties…..Sarah Palin is coming to Atlanta next week. Why don’t one of you lefties file one of your wonderful “ethic” complaints. Oh yeah thats right you cant do that anymore. Bummer!

Chad

August 3rd, 2010
11:53 pm

Who the heck cares? It’s HER page. She can do what she wants with it.

Mike

August 4th, 2010
12:10 am

We’re now investigating the website moderation habits of conservatives in an effort to somehow suggest, what? That a polarizing, controversial politician attracts negative comments? That she and her handlers want to present a positive image? I am shocked … shocked, I say … to learn such a thing happens in the America I know and love.

Sarah Palin’s Facebook page is not a public square for debate on Sarah Palin, and she’s entitled to delete anything she wishes from it and it says nothing about her that it doesn’t say about countless other politicians, artists, corporations and other organizations with a presence on the web.

Get over your busybody selves and go looking for a real problem to expose.

Alabama Communist

August 4th, 2010
12:22 am

One sure thing we know about 1/2 Governor Sara Palin Facebook page. It will lower your IQ by 10 points for every minute you view it…….This amazing discovery just might prove that the Republican Tea Party movement is run by a bunch of retarded idiots

JTK

August 4th, 2010
12:23 am

Why is the child molesting Galloway so worried about Palin’s Facebook page? Who cares? You don’t think every other public figure deletes things off of their pages? I delete people’s comments all the time off mine.

How about investigating Georgia politics and our impending races? Either do your job for your readers (Georgians) or go work for the National Enquirer or some other tabloid paper.

Brian

August 4th, 2010
12:43 am

Whatever you do, just don’t read her tweets…someone should be deleting them for us. Why? Because a new study shows that each Sarah Palin Tweet causes decrease in reader’s IQ.

Read this article, it is HYSTERICAL.

http://www.dailygoat.com/?p=1821

rick

August 4th, 2010
1:28 am

I think it was a good article about how a politician with a facebook account (or anyone else with a facebook account) can automatically censor the comments on that account.

I’m a neanderthal when it comes to social media, but maybe a lot of others were naive like me and thought the presence of all those favorable comments meant there were no unfavorable ones.

Now I know better. Now I know her facebook account and probably most other facebook accounts are just a PR vehicle for that person. I know I’m stupid, I should have known. I mean, that’s fine for Palin and everybody else, if that’s what they want their facebook accounts to be, good for them. But it’s not really genuine “social media” interaction with real people. I so know the truth about it, now, that’s all.

Justin

August 4th, 2010
4:19 am

Only in America could someone with so little qualifications or know-how become such an icon. Keep up the good work, Sheeple.

????

August 4th, 2010
5:54 am

Hours after saying he would reject Race to the Top money for schools, Republican gubernatorial hopeful Nathan Deal reversed course Tuesday and said he would keep the federal funding.

Comments (6)E-mailAt a morning candidate forum, Deal said he would decline the grant money because accepting it would require the state to sign on to a standardized classroom curriculum. Later, Deal told The Associated Press that he was incorrect and that such a curriculum is not a condition of the program.

“I have to stand corrected,” Deal said in a telephone interview. “I would keep the money.”

Karen Handel, Deal’s opponent in the Aug. 10 runoff, told business leaders at Tuesday’s forum that she would accept the money — which could total $400 million — if Georgia is chosen.

????

August 4th, 2010
5:58 am

Here he is Flip Flop Deal, Just like he was for it before he was against i, how he is against it before he was for it. But for sure he is for NO BID ARRANGRMENTS.. Flip Flop Deal too unstable for GEORGIA.

Hours after saying he would reject Race to the Top money for schools, Republican gubernatorial hopeful Nathan Deal reversed course Tuesday and said he would keep the federal funding.

At a morning candidate forum, Deal said he would decline the grant money because accepting it would require the state to sign on to a standardized classroom curriculum. Later, Deal told The Associated Press that he was incorrect and that such a curriculum is not a condition of the program.

“I have to stand corrected,” Deal said in a telephone interview. “I would keep the money.”

Karen Handel, Deal’s opponent in the Aug. 10 runoff, told business leaders at Tuesday’s forum that she would accept the money — which could total $400 million — if Georgia is chosen.”

????

August 4th, 2010
6:01 am

Flip Flop Deal, Georgia’s version of John Kerry.. After all Deal was a DEMOCRAT.

JUST IN

August 4th, 2010
7:40 am

Missouri voters have strongly approved a new law that rejects a key provision of President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul.

Tuesday’s vote approving the ballot measure is seen as largely symbolic because federal law generally trumps state law. But it could portend trouble for the Democratic Party in November’s midterm election.

Legislatures in other states have passed similar measures. But Missouri is the first state to challenge aspects of the law in a referendum.

Missouri’s law prohibits the government from requiring people to have health insurance or from penalizing them from paying for their own health care. That conflicts with a federal requirement that most people have health insurance or face penalties starting in 2014.

Real Deal

August 4th, 2010
7:47 am

Rep. Maxine Waters will make two demands of the House ethics committee Wednesday, according to a source close to her: Release the full document charging her with breaking House rules and finish her trial before the November elections.

The California Democrat’s aggressive maneuver telegraphs a search-and-destroy strategy aimed at picking apart the ethics committee’s findings and methods.

Waters wants the ethics committee to release the full findings of its investigation immediately because the headline allegations, contained in a still-secret “Statement of Alleged Violation,” have already leaked into news accounts, potentially prejudicing how the public views her case. It’s also important to her to have a speedy trial, and the committee already has its hands full prosecuting its case against Rep. Charles Rangel (D-N.Y.), who was hit with 13 ethics charges last Thursday.

The committee found “substantial reason to believe” that Waters broke House rules and federal regulations prohibiting lawmakers from giving or accepting special favors, taking official actions that benefit them financially and behaving in a manner that discredits the House.

It's over

August 4th, 2010
7:50 am

Almost before you could say “Bristol Palin and Levi Johnston are getting married,” the couple has once again broken up.

The daughter of former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin announced on Tuesday that she and the father of her 19-month old son, Tripp, have called it quits. Again.

“It’s over. I broke up with him,” Bristol Palin told “People” magazine on Tuesday, just a few weeks after announcing that the two were going to give their relationship a second try and were engaged (again).