Since September, a blogger calling himself Ulsterman has been blogging on a website called Newsflavor about a series of supposed interviews with a White House Insider who dishes dirt on President Obama and speaks about a rift forming in the Democratic party. He makes a few predictions – such as the departure of Rahm Emanuel and Robert Gibbs. He also incorrectly predicted that Nancy Pelosi would not be nominated minority leader of the House upon the new Republican majority after the November elections. An examination of the evidence seems to indicate that Ulsterman could be none other than Anthony G. Martin, a conservative blogger who contributes to a number of blogs.
One of the names that Martin uses is Welshman. This identity is used for his Twitter and Youtube accounts, both directly tied to him. “Ulsterman” may appear to be a surname, but it is in fact simply referring to a man from Ulster – a province of Ireland, the country nearest to Wales. Ulsterman’s Triond profile (the site which publishes content through Newsflavor), until recently, included a few lines of prose containing the phrase “Ulster is where you’ll find me.” The similarities between the names Ulsterman and Welshman are not alone enough to prove anything, but other evidence exists to further the conclusion.
Throughout the time Ulsterman’s “White House Insider” series appeared, Mr. Martin cited the stories on a blog called Conservative Examiner.
On November 20th, an Ulsterman article appeared detailing Rahm Emanuel’s future. Two days later, Martin published a similar article on Examiner. The two articles are nearly identical, and the Examiner piece even links to the Newsflavor article and quotes large portions of Ulsterman’s writing verbatim. Martin writes: “In addition, one of Rahm’s opponents in the mayoral race is James Meeks, who also has close ties to the Chicago political mob and Barack Obama. Meeks helped raise the funds for Obama’s 2004 Senate bid–a relationship that Obama has downplayed as he has with all of his murky ties to ill reputed figures such as Tony Rezko and unrepentant domestic terrorist William Ayers.”
Whereas Ulsterman says: “As for James Meeks, his own ties to the Chicago political machine are even stronger than those of Odelson – including a long and close personal relationship to President Barack Obama. Meeks played a pivotal role in helping Obama secure both campaign contributions and political clout when Obama ran for U.S. Senate in 2004 – a relationship Obama later attempted to downplay during his subsequent campaign for President in 2008.”
In addition, two articles appeared about Nancy Pelosi – Martin’s article in Examiner on Novermber 20th and Ulsterman’s article on Newsflavor on November 14th. Once again, the articles are nearly identical, and once again, Martin links to Ulsterman’s article, saying “one person suggests blackmail” in reference to the Newsflavor piece. For months, Martin cited Ulsterman’s stories as though they were holy scripture.
But far and away, the most telling piece of evidence is Martin’s November 18th story: “Are ‘deep throat’ and Ulsterman legit? You decide.” He writes: “Ulsterman was writing for News Flavor long before he began this series of conversations with Deep Throat. He writes about world events, U.S. politics, Congress, and a variety of subjects involving all things political. This tends to favor his credibility.” It’s very clear that Martin is pushing the idea of Ulsterman’s credibility while overtly trying to distance himself with disclaimers. But his language betrays his conflict of interest.
“Further, political observers who have carefully scrutinized Deep Throat’s statements have postulated theories about his identity. They think they are close to figuring out who it is and have narrowed the field down to 2 persons, both of whom are top Democratic operatives with considerable experience and who are appalled by the direction in which the Obama team is leading the country.”
“I am reporting a story, pure and simple,” Martin says, but proceeds to vigorously defend Ulsterman. “And so far, every single claim made by the sources I have cited have been confirmed and reported by others.” He says this knowing full well that the predictions about Pelosi were untrue and unfounded. Ulsterman’s “insider” also claimed that Rahm Emanuel had no interest in running for mayor of Chicago, which was proven to be completely false. Knowing these things, Martin still defended Ulsterman.
It would appear that the explanation is simple: Anthony G. Martin is the blogger known as Ulsterman. He writes unfounded articles and publishes them on Newsflavor, a website that will print anything without any sources. Then, he references the Ulsterman articles to back up his opinions. Because his opinions have no facts to back them up, he creates the facts. And, at the end of the day, it may not just be a political argument that he’s trying to win.
Triond pays its writers for how many clicks their articles get. The more people who read the Ulsterman articles, the more money he receives. Even though this amounts to a few pennies or maybe dollars per month, it is still clearly a motivating factor for Triond writers, who often make up outrageous and false stories in hopes of earning easy cash. Is this what motivates Anthony Martin? Or is it fame rather than fortune?
Ultimately, it’s hard to say, but if all of this is true, on thing is for sure: Anthony Martin is a shameless person and has no integrity whatsoever. It’s painful to think about how many people have been deceived by his articles. If he has any integrity whatsoever, he should come out and admit that he is the face behind Ulsterman, and that his White House Insider series is a hoax. It is my hope that he does just this.