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What did Krystal Ball know, and when did she know it?

What did Krystal Ball know, and when did she know it?

The tawdry inner-workings of “StopRush” are being exposed day by day, after an “infiltrator” released recordings and other evidence via The Trenches website.

Among the revelations are alleged use of fake Twitter accounts, employment of an investigator allegedly linked to Brett Kimberlin, and a variety of other tools which, if exposed at the time the Rush secondary boycott was at its height, would have revealed the movement to be even more astroturfed than originally believed.

The recent revelations are important in another respect.

MSNBC commentator Krystal Ball was involved from the start in the StopRush movement, interacting with Angelo Carusone of Media Matters and a Twitter user going by the pseudonym “@Shoq” to form the working group to coordinate Twitter and online contacts with Limbaugh advertisers.  I detailed all this in my post on March 21, 2012, Independent Rush boycott group coordinated with Media Matters.

Ball was one of the organizing participants, as detailed on the FAQ page of the original StopRush online website:

Ball continued to play a role on Twitter in pushing the Rush secondary boycott, but less was known about her participation with the group behind the scenes, such that she likely would have known about all the alleged tactics.

As Stacy McCain points out today, recent e-mails revealed at The Trenches indicate that Ball remained a key member of the group to the present day:

MSNBC host Krystal Ball was in close communication with leaders of an online boycott aimed at advertisers on Rush Limbaugh’s popular radio show, e-mails between the boycott leaders indicate.

Attempting to discover the identity of an infiltrator in their group, the #StopRush leader @Shoq (aka “Shoq Value,” who is believed to be an activist named Matt Edelstein) indicated that Ball had warned another member about the suspected “right wing disrupter.” The other member had “already inquired with Krystal last week, and Krystal said ‘we don’t like or trust this guy,’” Shoq wrote in an e-mail published Thursday by Brooks Bayne at The Trenches.

It is hard to believe that Ball would not know what was taking place behind the scenes at StopRush if she was involved in weeding out infiltrators.

As McCain points out, Ball just landed a spot on MSNBC’s new afternoon show, The Cycle:

MSNBC’s plan for a new 3 p.m. program is illustrative of a cable news trend. It’s an ensemble show with a cast of four fresh-faced political pundits.

The hour long show, given the name “The Cycle,” will start on Monday. It will be hosted by Touré, Krystal Ball, S.E. Cupp and Steve Kornacki, all of whom are contributors to MSNBC, a progressive-leaning cable news outlet. The network confirmed the lineup of hosts on Thursday, after reports by Politico and other news outlets.

I am not calling for MSNBC to fire Ball, not at all.  But I do think that in order for viewers to put Ball’s commentary into perspective, Ball needs to come clean with what she knew about the tactics of StopRush and when she knew it.

I think it would be a great start to the program if on the first show S.E. Cupp asked that question.


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RefudiateObama2012 | June 22, 2012 at 11:44 am

I remember Krystal Ball appearing on Megyn Kelly’s show a few days after she lost her election. She seemed like a very reasonable Democrat. Within a week, she turned into a hyper-partisan hack. Apparently, the DNC set her straight after that first appearance.

TrooperJohnSmith | June 22, 2012 at 11:45 am

The pattern holds steady. Whatever we’re accused of by The Left, they are doing. In this case, Astroturf-ing.

But seriously… Is Krystal Ball her real name?

On my Patented Name Evaluator, it rates very high as both a ‘stripper’ and a ‘pr0n star’ name.

And they laugh at us out here in Fly-Over Country…

Ms. Ball…a slutty acting person…has as her major schtick whining about being “slut-shamed” as a defense of people like the slutty Ms. FLUCK, and her own elector defeat.

But I never heard her defend Sarah Palin. I might have missed it…

Cassandra Lite | June 22, 2012 at 11:54 am

The good folks at MSNBC/NBC are so pleased with Krystal Ball’s involvement, she’s now atop the list of replacements for Ann Curry on The Today Show.

MaggotAtBroadAndWall | June 22, 2012 at 12:21 pm

>> I am not calling for MSNBC to fire Ball, not at all. <<

Not that it matters, but the blog Crooks and Liars implicitly called for S.E. Cupp to be fired from the show when it was announced that she was going to be a host. I won't link to it, but you can Google, "Can MSNBC Really 'Lean Forward' with S.E. Cupp as Host?" and read it if you haven't.

nordic_prince | June 22, 2012 at 1:11 pm

“…a progressive advocate on Twitter and Facebook who takes an interest in media accountability (on Left, ….”


That’s a good one!! Got any more silly jokes?

The “data curators” and Ms Ball built this venture upon a patently false statement they put in the “Who Runs This Site” section. Ms Fluke appeared at a press event staged to appear as a Congressional committee hearing, not a Congressional committee hearing. Furthermore, at this event Ms. Fluke was presented as an innocent law student, not the liberal political operative that she is known to be. Their entire venture was built upon a lie arrogantly placed for everyone to see. No doubt, Ms Ball is well-qualified to comment on MSNBC.

    badanov in reply to Padzu. | June 22, 2012 at 4:53 pm

    Thank you for pointing that out. The event should be dubbed a democratic dog and pony show, which it was.

The presence of S.E. Cupp on this show is not enough to cancel out the fact that Toure is also on it. I won’t be watching.

Why would any rational person watch?

[…] tax-exempt groups like Media Matters and Kimberlin’s Velvet Revolution.UPDATE IV: Linked by Legal Insurrection, Patterico, The Conservatory and Hot Air Headlines — thanks! – and welcome, […]

S.E. Cupp needs to bail on this, there’s nothing to be gained from butting heads with these socialist/progressive/liberals, they have a structural defect in their cerebral cortex that prohibits rational thought

She should have just stuck with her porn star name. Oh wait she did.

I am not calling for MSNBC to fire Ball, not at all. But I do think that in order for viewers to put Ball’s commentary into perspective, Ball needs to come clean with what she knew about the tactics of StopRush and when she knew it.

Yeah, well I am. That’s not how you go about your business as a journalist, even an “alleged” journalist, which is what employees at MSDNC really are.

That kind of activism is simply not kosher for a reporter. Gone. And it should require anyone pressuring them. MSNBC, if it were an actual news organization, would simply not stand for that.