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HMM: Cochran Camp Had Ability to Mute Audience During ‘Hijacked’ Call

And immediately afterward, they used the "blacks harvest cotton" interruption to slam McDaniel's supporters.

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David Steinberg

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July 3, 2014 - 1:46 pm
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At 4:00 p.m. yesterday, the Thad Cochran campaign initiated a conference call with national media. The call’s announced intention was to reiterate the campaign’s statements from a press conference earlier in the day, at which the Cochran camp rebutted the circulating charges of election fraud.

About seven minutes into the call, someone on the line interrupted Cochran rep Austin Barbour to ask:

“Since black people harvested cotton, why is it okay to harvest their votes? Why is it okay to harvest the votes of black people?”

Moments later, Barbour ended his participation in the call, calling it “hijacked,” and he encouraged members of the “national media” to instead contact either himself or Communications Director Jordan Russell directly by phone or email.

Moments after that, Russell started tweeting.

Russell used the incident — as of now, the caller remains unidentified — to slam reporters that are not “legitimate media.” A follow-up tweet indicated that Russell had been referring to Charles C. Johnson, who has been publishing claims that Cochran’s team orchestrated vote-buying. Johnson had tweeted the call-in information for the call 15 minutes prior to it starting, telling his followers to “crash it” with him, as per below.

Russell also slammed “hardcore McDaniel people” with the incident:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Johnson immediately denied that the caller was himself; it certainly does not sound like Johnson’s voice to my ear.

So: did a McDaniel supporter interrupt the call? Was it “hijacked” by a Johnson colleague? Or — as suggested by a person remaining on the call after Barbour exited — was the interruption a plant designed to again tar McDaniel supporters as bigots, which is exactly what Russell immediately did on Twitter?

The Daily Beast, with the gently titled “Racists and Conspiracy Nuts Turn Cochran Call Into The Biggest Campaign Sh*tshow of 2014“, printed the answer to the only question that could possibly shed some light on what actually happened without finding a mole: Was the Cochran campaign able to mute the audience? Wrote Ben Jacobs:

The call lasted about ten minutes before descending into absolute anarchy after a pro-McDaniel blogger obtained the dial-in information and posted it on Twitter. With McDaniel supporters streaming on and the Cochran campaign using a free service where they couldn’t mute callers, it turned into mayhem.

I have no clue where Jacobs got that information about the muting capability. He doesn’t say, and Team Cochran hasn’t offered such a statement.

Wherever Jacobs got that information, it’s false. The Cochran team was able to mute the attendees and didn’t.

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Not muting the call is the tip off. This is more likely a plant to play up narrative of Tea Party being "racist". How do they know it was a TP caller?
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The 'establishments' of BOTH parties are incorrigible and full of career narcissist. Out of touch with the pulse of our Republic is putting it mildly. Corrupt is much more accurate. GOD help us and protect us from these fools. We the People deserve much better.
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"The call lasted about ten minutes before descending into absolute anarchy "

That's not "anarchy". That's chaos. And likely, planned chaos.
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You merit a Pulitzer nomination for this investigation.
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I'm glad I'm not a Mississippi voter. It would be mighty hard for me not to vote Democrat just to spite them.
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It was a Cochran plant, and everybody including the media on the phone call knew it, IMMEDIATELY.
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Would Halley Barbour and sons look better in white with black stripes or black with white stripes? And how much starch should John McCain's straight jacket have?
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Wrong questions. The right questions have to do with the size and quality of the rope.

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