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Joke or Truth? Socialists.com and Communists.com Redirect to Obama Campaign Site

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The Obama campaign has just been hit with a bit of a web-sponsored headache. Specifically, anyone who types in the addresses socialists.com or communists.com on their web browsers will find themselves redirected to...the Obama campaign website.

The Twitterverse is already reacting with no small degree of amusement - and in some cases, alarm - to this odd phenomenon. Take a look at a few of the reactions:

It's highly unlikely that the Obama campaign is responsible for this bit of ironic web-sponsored advertising. More likely, it is a prank being pulled by the campaign's political opponents. The New York Times reports:

It was unclear who purchased the domain names to engineer this bit of not-so-subliminal messaging — in the apparent hope of fueling a belief among some conservatives that Mr. Obama is a socialist or communist.

Those hoping to access information on socialism in earnest are better served at socialists.net, which bills itself as “the home of Marxism-De Leonism” and the official Internet hub of the Socialist Labor Party of America.

Visitors to communists.org and communists.net will probably have to look elsewhere for pertinent information. The pages offer only links to related search terms, which include, according to a rotating list on the latter site, “Chinese Culture” and “Chinese Woman.”

A similar prank was pulled in 2010 by conservative journalist Tucker Carlson, who purchased "keitholbermann.com" and had it redirect to his website, The Daily Caller. Carlson also sent emails pretending to be Olbermann using the domain name.

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