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Tuesday, December 27, 2011

The Wayback Machine and Buzzfeed

Our chapter on mass media discusses opposition research.  New technology allows oppo researchers to gather information and disseminate it more rapidly than ever before. At The Atlantic, Conor Friedersdorf writes about a Tweet by web wunderkind Andrew Kaczynski:
An eagle-eyed Andrew Kaczynski has spotted something of interest on an old Newt Gingrich web site accessible only via the Way Back Machine: circa April 2006, the former House Speaker lavished effusive praise on Mitt Romney for the passage of his landmark health care bill in Massachusetts. 
About the Wayback Machine:
Browse through over 150 billion web pages archived from 1996 to a few months ago. To start surfing the Wayback, type in the web address of a site or page where you would like to start, and press enter. Then select from the archived dates available. The resulting pages point to other archived pages at as close a date as possible. Keyword searching is not currently supported.
At Buzzfeed, Kaczynski has 2008 video of Gingrich talking about the mandate:

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