User-Submitted Racist Photos Posted On Official GOP Facebook

The new concerted effort by the Republican party to move online and skew younger keeps backfiring. First, the launch of was met with intense mockery and meme-making, then the Republican National Committee’s Facebook page left racist and hateful images — including photos of President Obama eating fried chicken along with a bigoted caption and others mocking John Kerry and Mother Theresa – in the fan photos section for nearly a week without moderation.

The interactive part of the page, removed as of 1:40pmET on Monday, was meant for user-submitted visual content, but as anyone versed in the internet knows, without a careful supervision the trolls come out quickly. Now, the GOP is learning the hard way just how careful of an eye is necessary after multiple offensive images sat untouched since October 20th. Raw Story is reporting:

Among them was a picture of President Barack Obama eating fried chicken, subtitled with a call to

prohibit interracial marriage. The photo’s caption read: “Miscegenation is a CRIME against American Values. Repeal Loving v. Virginia.”

Miscegenation refers to the “marriage or cohabitation between a man and woman of different races.”

Loving v. Virginia was a landmark Supreme Court case that, in 1967, struck down all of the US’s laws against interracial marriage.

A comment under one photo read: “Racism is necessary in our capitalistic system. To subject ourselves to the the socialist ideal of equality will surelydestroy the American way of life. As a black man, racism has served as a great inspiration for me to work harder. God bless the Republican Party and God bless America.”

A first round of removals this morning took down most of the inappropriate photos and offensive comments, but left up a few crude Photoshopped images including one text graphic that read “OMG, Just Shut Up Obama.” Now, the entire fan photos section has been deleted, but there’s another lesson in this for the GOP: online, nothing disappears. Both Animal New York and Raw Story snagged a few of the more line-crossing images, which can be seen below.

4 Minute Roundup: Twitter’s Real-Time Search Deals; Bloomberg Rising

Here's the latest 4MR audio report from MediaShift. In this week's edition, I look at the deals Microsoft made recently with Twitter and Facebook to incorporate tweets and status updates into its Bing search engine. Google quickly announced a deal with Twitter too, but why should we care? Also, Bloomberg bought out BusinessWeek magazine, but the jewel might well be And I ask Just One Question to Chris O'Brien of the San Jose Mercury News to get his take on the Twitter deals with Microsoft and Google.

Check it out:


Background music is "What the World Needs" by the The Ukelele Hipster Kings via PodSafe Music Network.

Here are some links to related sites and stories mentioned in the podcast:

Twitter-Microsoft Bing Deal Confirmed, but so Is Facebook-Bing at AllThingsD

With Bing, That Sound You Hear Is Facebook & Twitter Saying, Ka-Ching! at MediaPost

RT @google - Tweets and updates and search, oh my! at Google Blog

Google and Microsoft Crank Up Rivalry at the Wall Street Journal

Google Follows Microsoft With Twitter Search Deal Of Its Own at PaidContent

Bloomberg's Pearlstine - Buying BusinessWeek Matches Need - And Desire at PaidContent

Bloomberg LP Puts Another Tool in the Belt. Now Gunning for WSJ? at NYT Media Decoder

Bloomberg Got a Bargain at The Big Money

Bloomberg to Buy BusinessWeek After McGraw-Hill Tires of Losses at the Wall Street Journal

Added Bonus: Here's the entire interview with Chris O'Brien:

Here's a graphical view of last week's MediaShift survey results. The question was: "What do you think about the FTC's rules for blogger disclosure?"

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Also, be sure to vote in our poll about what you think about real-time search.

Mark Glaser is executive editor of MediaShift and Idea Lab. He also writes the bi-weekly OPA Intelligence Report email newsletter for the Online Publishers Association. He lives in San Francisco with his son Julian. You can follow him on Twitter @mediatwit.

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Investors Bet on Another Real-Time Start-Up. Next Up for Hot Potato: Product, Users.

hot potatoHere’s a good way to get your hands on scarce venture capital money: Create a start-up geared around “real-time” sharing and conversations.

That’s the core of Twitter’s pitch, of course, and it has helped the microblogging service raise $155 million, a $1 billion valuation, and forge partnerships with Google (GOOG) and Microsoft (MSFT). Not surprisingly, investors are looking to place money on related bets, from search engines that parse real-time data to location-based social networks with real-time updates, and even real-time photo-sharing sites.

The newest entrant: Hot Potato, a buzzy start-up that’s supposed to let users converse about a particular event, whether they’re attending it in person or watching from afar. When it’s up and running, that is. The five-man crew doesn’t have users or a product just yet.

But that hasn’t prevented the Brooklyn, N.Y-based company from raising about $1 million, sources say, in a round led by First Round Capital and RRE Ventures. A group of smaller investors, including Betaworks, the incubator that specializes in real-time companies, and Ron Conway, the angel investor best known for his Google bet, are also backing the company.

Hot Potato is led by Justin Shaffer, an eight-year veteran of Major League Baseball Advanced Media, pro baseball’s well-regarded Web unit. Shaffer has recruited three other employees (one of whom subsequently left to get an MBA at MIT) to join him.

Shaffer wouldn’t comment about his funding round, but was willing to discuss his start-up’s general plans. They are finishing an iPhone app and plan to submit it to Apple (AAPL) in the next few weeks, he said, and will open their doors once that’s approved.

The big idea is an interesting one. People are already using Facebook and Twitter to converse about events in real time–think about Barack Obama’s inauguration, or Balloon Boy, or last night’s Yankees-Angels game.

Shaffer’s critique of those platforms, though is that “they break at scale–there’s no good way to filter the chatter so that  you, your friends, and a group of strangers with something relevant to say can all connect. Hot Potato, he says, will offer a “curated stream” in real time of all the data coming out of the event in real time. What we’re really focused on doing is bringing together the entire audience of an event, whether they’re at the event or watching at home.”

Business model? TBD, of course. But there are a couple of obvious ways to go. For instance, Shaffer thinks people who opt-in to a particular conversation–say, about an NFL game or a U2 concert–would be okay with seeing “in-stream” ads, as long as they were relevant.

But that’s a problem that’s best tackled once the service is up and running. We’ll check back then.

New Goes All Out On Video is gearing up for a big relaunch on Monday, and has added many an online video project, in addition to featuring video content front and center above the fold in its new layout.

CNN_com Homepage iReport section: iReport will be better integrated into the site, with more hands-on curation, including vetting and commentary by CNN producers.

Facebook partnership: has been at the forefront of online social TV through its partnership with Facebook for the Obama Inauguration and the Michael Jackson memorial live streams. However, such functionality has been doled out sparingly to only the biggest collective events. Now is trying to create such an centerpiece of its own, with a planned live Oprah’s Book Club interactive web event on Nov. 9 at 9 p.m. ET. The 90-minute event will include questions submitted through Facebook Connect and iReport for author Uwem Akpan regarding his new short story compilation Say You’re One of Them.

New web series: In the vein of its Freshman Year series about freshman congressmen, has put together two more first-person documentaries. Americans in Afghanistan is about two American non-profit workers in Afghanistan, and The Handsome Furs Tour Asia features the indie rock band of the same name using a couple of Flip cams while traveling the world.

Trivia game: CNN Challenge will be a news trivia game hosted by Larry King, Wolf Blitzer, Anderson Cooper and Robin Meade about the top stories of the week.

Outside videos: The site will syndicate the popular TED Talks series, videos from the mind-bending interdisciplinary conference, accompanied by follow-up interviews with speakers and additional reporting and commentary.

Also today, MSNBC told Beet.TV it has adjusted its embeddable player to be included on Facebook.

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