It’s been a rough day for the Republican National Committee’s Latino outreach website.
On Thursday afternoon, the RNC had to hastily take down the site’s banner, which featured a picture of Asian children, replacing it with an all-caps headline “HISPANIC LATINO STRATEGIC PARTNERSHIPS.”
But other features of the site aren’t working quite as planned, either. The main page features a straw poll asking visitors whether they’re disappointed with President Obama, a talking point Republicans have been pushing as part of their outreach effort. As of Thursday evening, however, Obama was winning the unscientific survey 55 percent to 45 percent — highly unusual on a partisan website.
In another broken feature, the site’s info page, in English “Who Are We?”, is left entirely blank.
There were also serious problems with a “blogs” section, a sparsely populated feed of user posts and press releases designed to showcase Latino Republican voices. The RNC took down dozens of posts Thursday evening, many of which were clearly written by spam bots and consisted of a combination of gibberish and advertising reminiscent of automated advertising feeds like the famous @Horse_ebooks. Portions remained cached via search engines, however.
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Remaining posts, apparently from actual users, were more direct in their headlines. For example: “OBAMA, EL SOCIALISTA.” As of this writing, it had one comment — a spambot advertisement for handbags.