Did Some Web Designer Troll Rick Santorum? 4chan's Moot Pictured On Santorum's Website

from the hilarious dept

This one is just funny. First noticed by folks on Reddit, former Presidential candidate Rick Santorum -- perhaps most well known among internet kids for the Google bombing of his name to associate it with... something unpleasant -- apparently has a picture of Chris Poole, better known as moot, the creator of the web's most popular home for internet trolls, 4chan (and yes, there's much more at 4chan, but... ).
The folks over at Betabeat investigated and confirmed that a web design firm built the site, though it's unclear if moot's picture was the work of a sneaky, trolling web designer... or just an attempt to find "regular-looking" people to populate Santorum's site.
Patriot Voices used the startup Nation Builder, a web tool kit for community organizers, as a platform for the site. A representative for Nation Builder told Betabeat that the site was designed by an outside designer at the Pittsburgh-based political consulting and advertising firm Brabender Cox.

Dubbed “the premier Republican spin doctors,” Brabender Cox has a longstanding history of working to promote Republican candidates. In addition to doing work for Mr. Santorum, they’ve also created viral videos and advertising content for politicians like Republican Senator Tom Coburn and Republican Mayor of Indiana Greg Ballard.
Betabeat reached out to the organization but hasn't heard back yet.

Oh, and if you're wondering, it seems likely that the use of the work is copyright infringement. It was pulled from Poole's Wikipedia page, and the image is Creative Commons licensed, but part of that license is that attribution is required. There doesn't seem to be any such attribution. Oops.


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    Anonymous Coward, Nov 7th, 2012 @ 3:03pm

    ...it seems likely that the use of the work is copyright infringement...

    not at all, I would totally believe that Rick and Moot are close friends.

     

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    Tunnen (profile), Nov 7th, 2012 @ 3:03pm

    Well the internet definition of Santorum and what comes out of 4Chan are basically the same thing... =P

     

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    Just Another Limey (profile), Nov 7th, 2012 @ 3:07pm

    Man-Dog love

    Wasn't Rick famous a while back [even in far-away Europe] for his spirited love of man-dog love?

     

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    Just Another Limey (profile), Nov 7th, 2012 @ 3:07pm

    Man-Dog love

    Wasn't Rick famous a while back [even in far-away Europe] for his spirited love of man-dog love?

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Nov 7th, 2012 @ 3:08pm

    Tisk Tisk. Santorum trying to use /b/ as a personal army? That won't end well.

    Let me go get the popcorn!

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Nov 7th, 2012 @ 3:14pm

    Santorum is happy to fulfill moot's request to be the little girl.

     

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    Sage Ross (profile), Nov 7th, 2012 @ 3:23pm

    sweet!

    I took that picture! I would have had trouble thinking of a situation where I'd be proud to have a picture of mine on Santorum's website, but this does it!

     

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    Anonymous, Nov 7th, 2012 @ 3:28pm

    It's dinnertime, and I'm hungry for CHEESE PIZZA!

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Nov 7th, 2012 @ 4:16pm

    TIL: The "the premier Republican spin doctors" have been trolling us for years.

     

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    That Anonymous Coward (profile), Nov 7th, 2012 @ 5:26pm

    You mean republicans scoff at the law?!
    NNNooooooooooo

    I hope they get nailed hard, and then deconstructed over being that stupid.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Nov 7th, 2012 @ 5:35pm

    Looks like fair use to me. How, then, does it seem likely that this is copyright infringement? If it's fair use, then no license - and thus no attribution - is needed.

    I guess only people you like get the benefit of the fair use doubt...

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Nov 7th, 2012 @ 5:41pm

    The lulz are worth more than a token stock-photography fee.

     

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    RD, Nov 7th, 2012 @ 6:15pm

    One law for us...

    "Oh, and if you're wondering, it seems likely that the use of the work is copyright infringement. It was pulled from Poole's Wikipedia page, and the image is Creative Commons licensed, but part of that license is that attribution is required. There doesn't seem to be any such attribution. Oops."

    Oh tut-tut Mike, this is nothing (waving hand away). It's only the common man that gets sued after all. When the rich or politicians do this, its nothing, not even an infraction. When the average person does it, HOLY FUCKING SHIT the world is going to END if they aren't sued into OBLIVION RIGHT NOW DAMN THOSE THIEVING PIRATE SCUM!!

     

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    Alana (profile), Nov 7th, 2012 @ 8:41pm

    Looks like Santorum's site has been rendered...


    *sunglasses*

    ...Moot.

    YEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE EEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEAH

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Nov 8th, 2012 @ 4:37am

    They posted an update on their site.

    "Adrian Chen reports that Moot told him: “…somebody knows how to use Wikipedia, I guess. I assumed someone created a profile on the site and used my photo as their profile pic. Or maybe it was a staffer/designer for the site. Who knows.”"

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Nov 8th, 2012 @ 5:07am

    We love you, Mootles

    BRB, soup.

     

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