Former Revenge Porn Site Operator Readies For Senate Run By Issuing Bogus Takedown Requests To YouTube

from the a-challenger-appears!-and-he's-problematic! dept

Everyone's favorite privacy activist -- former revenge porn site runner Craig Brittain -- is at it again. As the operator of one of the most infamous revenge porn sites, "Is Anybody Down?" Brittain's view on privacy seemed to be that if you ever sent anything on the internet you no longer had any privacy. As he told On The Media's Bob Garfield:

My eventual goal is that everyone will have public information posted about them, preferably naked, that it’ll be a normal thing. It’ll no longer be associated with stigma or shame or humiliation, but it will be normal, in about ten years.

He also had a history of mocking those who asked him to take down the nude photos that he had posted on his site. For example, this was posted to Brittain's site, and preserved by Adam Steinbaugh (Craig took down this and other posts after Steinbaugh wrote about them). What you see below is Craig literally responding "lol" to people freaked out that their naked photos were posted to his site without their knowledge or consent (while the image says "admin," Craig has publicly admitted he wrote and posted those responses).

These days Brittain's very concerned about privacy -- well, his privacy. A few years back, he suddenly became concerned about his personal info being spread around by notoriously salacious entities like… the Federal Trade Commission. Everyone who covered Brittain's settlement with the FTC for his porn site sins was listed on his bogus takedown notice over "unauthorized use" of photos of Brittain. Readers whose irony meters hadn't exploded immediately were advised to quickly take theirs in for recalibration.

Brittain laid relatively low after that, putting the next couple of years into his ride-sharing startup Dryvyng. When his start-up failed to start, Brittain apparently felt all the negative press about his past revenge pornmanship was holding Dryvyng back. The best way to turn that media frown upside down? More bogus DMCA notices. Again, Brittain's stated justifications for the takedowns were inadvertently hilarious. Here's what he wrote on the notice asking for the delisting of a Wikipedia article:

Slanderous, libelous and deliberately misleading Wikipedia entry designed to defame and libel me and my company. Please permanently remove this page (and all of Wikipedia itself, which is a left-wing hive for slander and libel) from Google.

So, that's the mindset Craig's critics have been dealing with. The mindset has shifted. A little. In possibly one of the illest-advised moves of all time, Craig Brittain has decided to run for senator in Arizona. He's picked up a few Trumpian notions along the way (you'll see those in a moment), although his "legalize marijuana everywhere" platform really isn't what's expected from someone hitching a ride on the Trump Train. This is going to clash with Arizona voters who like to hear everyone in the media being called "fake news" but also want MOAR COPS BUT HARDER and JOE ARPAIO DID NOTHING WRONG.

No one running for public office likes closet skeletons popping out at inappropriate times. The problem with Brittain is his skeletons are parading around the entryway, when not leaving the house completely to cruise the main drag.

The day after an article about Brittain's Senate run went live at the Arizona Daily Independent two YouTube accounts were hit with takedown requests for videos containing Brittain at his best/worst. One account hit was Adam Steinbaugh's. The videos targeted contained Brittain's interview with a TV station about his revenge porn site (including the interview where he admits to mocking those asking him to take down content from his revenge porn site, while also admitting that he no longer believes he should have mocked them).

The second account hit on the same day was Matt Jarbo's. His video featured Craig Brittain apparently being caught in the act of buying up paid testimonials for his (still nonexistent) ride-sharing service.

In both cases, the issue cited was… privacy. YouTube suggested blurring faces, etc. to comply but fortunately for both accounts, it did not delete videos or take them offline.

This is just a small part of Brittain's charm offensive. In the comments of the ADI article, Craig Brittain himself (d/b/a "People for Craig Brittain") has showed up to declare the whole thing "fake news." This is actually rather restrained for Brittain. The ADI article points to another piece on his Senate run announcement -- one in which he engaged with the electorate on Facebook by calling the more critical ones "piece of shit" and "whore."

(Craig appears willing and ready to insult all those who don't swear immediate, undying loyalty. One Twitter user made the mistake of following his campaign account -- and the greater mistake of unfollowing it -- and received a bunch of insults by DM for her troubles.)

I've reached out to Brittain's campaign headquarters to see if "they" have any comment on Brittain's abuse of legal processes and social media platforms to shut down criticism. Any comments I receive will be posted, probably in full.

[And here it is, along with Brittain's demand I print it verbatim. {Said demand also printed verbatim.}]

Full Comment, please print verbatim: "None of that happened - some of my many enemies (haters and losers) made up another fake news story, TechDirt is a fake news website, none of these are political questions and they have nothing to do with my US Senate run, this is a fake news story, the American People want to know about my positions on the issues - the real news is that marijuana will be federally decriminalized soon and the budget will be balanced. Make America Great Again.

For more information visit my website brittainforsenate.com".

Again please print in full, do not edit, thank you

"None of that happened." Hmm. Not even the DMCA notices with his name on them? Apparently not, according to Brittain, who responded to my further questions (and my point that people tend not to like Senate candidates who abuse legal systems and social media platforms to silence criticism) with a wall of text. I don't hate you, so I've broken it up into passable paragraphs. I have also added the bracketed, un-italicized commentary at a few key points.

I dispute and fully contest the assertion that any unwarranted or censorious DMCA or removal requests were sent. I have never attempted to censor anyone.

[Quick reality check from Brittain's own Twitter account:]

However, ​the illegitimate use [they aren't] of photographs containing my image in deliberate attempts to defame me constitute obvious copyright violations [they don't] and expose the hypocrisy and lying of people who continuously have harassed me and family on a criminal level for the previous 5 years, including sending death threats, multiple SWAT teams (SWATing), destruction of my property and that of my friends, who have hired individuals to stalk me on an illegal level and have paid anonymous and named teams of Twitter cyberbullies to send abuse to myself and my friends on a level which is fully illegal.

I have never abused the legal system, nor have I ever committed an unjust crime. I have a single violation on my adult record for Vehicular Eluding which happened in December 2002, almost 15 years ago. Any other attempts to knowingly and falsely portray me as a criminal are evidence of lies. As the legal principle goes, False in One, False and All, and so via my enemies lying via spreading false news of convictions that did not happen in order to inflict physical, emotional and financial damages upon myself and my family - including this 'story' which is a key example of fake news - the removal attempts are grounded in the principle of removing the rest of their equally defaming and illegal fake news, which is actually harassment and stalking and has inflicted countless monetary, emotional and physical damages upon me.

[Let's be perfectly clear here: Brittain is arguing a story about removal attempts he denied doing in his first comment -- but admits to here -- are "fake news" and that videos of him being interviewed about his revenge porn site operation are "defaming" and "illegal."]

You will never find a more vigorous defender of free speech, [see above] but it's important for news agencies - especially those funded by and/or operated by members of the US Government - like ABC, NBC, CBS and many others in the mainstream press - to be held accountable for damages they have caused by continuously and constantly lying.

There are no transgressions, I have not done anything wrong with the sole exception of Vehicular Eluding in 2002, 15 years ago, any other allegations are false, defamatory and grounds for a lawsuit, which I would easily win circa [?] Bollea v. Gawker if I simply had the money to hire Charles J. Harder. Sadly, the rigged system is very difficult for the average person to gain justice in and that is part of why I am running for office - to remove the barriers which legally entrench Fake News websites and prevent independent journalists and authors like myself to have full access to free speech. [LMAOOOOOOOOOOOOO]

Speech can only truly be free when it is absolute and that means that the FCC, FTC, and/or any other government agency that interferes with the ability or cost of publishing is fully repealed. These three letter groups are UNCONSTITUTIONAL and I will pass legislation to end all of them - thus fully eliminating the barriers against absolute speech.

It is incredibly hypocritical that I would be targeted for allowing other people to publish speech - all speech is equal, whether it's a nude photograph, a regular photograph, [someone else's nude photograph published against their will...] the work of Marquis De Sade, or the Bible (the Nazis burned all of these things. As a person of Jewish descent I am deeply against white supremacism and racism in any form). You are either 100% for absolute free speech - which includes removing all government obstructions to equal publishing that is equally heard, and doing so means removing the existing networks and putting them back on par with the average person's ability to speak - or you are against 100% absolute free speech, in which case you are against the Constitution and the 1st Amendment.

My opponents are exclusively "Free Speech, except speech I don't like" - I'm only against harassment attempts and lies. Therefore I merely issued corrections to the people in question - to reform defamatory statements, incorrect/lying statements and things intended to cause damage - not to permanently remove their speech but to correct it on a platform which regularly collaborates with the United States Government. Google would not exist without direct funding from the US Federal Government as well as the activities of the State which establish it as a monopoly in its field - monopolies must be put in check. Therefore, removal of videos from a website and a company which is in fact, a Federal Government Monopoly, cannot be censorious. [wat] They're welcome to host the same videos on their own websites, and as long as a single copy exists somewhere online, they're not actually being censored, they're being regulated. [This coming from someone who just ranted against all forms of regulation...]

These are the same people who said nothing when my wildly popular Twitter/Facebook (also Government-Aided Monopolies) accounts were censored for political speech, after railing at me for years, accusing me of being a censor. In fact, many of them celebrated and attempted to organize and press Twitter/Facebook to censor. Therein, as it is equal, if they suppose I am wrong, then likewise they are also wrong. If I am right, then perhaps we are both right. But it can't be one way and not the other. I merely wanted corrections to articles like this one - which is perfectly reasonable.

Ethical Journalism requires that the subject be part of the process, and I have not been part of the process for anything they've printed, which establishes that under the Society of Professional Journalists code of conduct as well as the FTC rules (which TechDirt claims to love but in fact is in considerable violation of, including failure to disclose affiliation with my political enemies, think tanks and corporations), these news agencies are way out-of-line by journalistic and regulatory standards, and are both allowed and encouraged to do so by the US government and donors with deep pockets.

In many ways, this is an example of anti-Semitism [dear god] that I've faced for my entire life, when I was bullied as a child, regularly involved in physical fights with my peers since Kindergarten until almost my 18th birthday, subjected to abuse and neglect of all forms by everyone except my parents, and as I endured things that many other people would consider unimaginable, I never dreamed that I'd grow up into an America dominated by an out-of-control globalist system that regularly and falsely defames me for my attempts to improve the system. [WTF] It is time to end the FCC, break up the speech monopolies and give access to true free speech - where the average person has the same ability to start up a satellite television network as any of the major players, or can easily form their own ISP or deregulated internet or variant - back to the American people who have been criminally prevented by my enemies and their donors of the ability to speak out on a grand level.

Again, if I had the money to hire Charles Harder (and possibly Hulk Hogan too, just to make it fun, Brother) - TechDirt, Gawker, and all of these similar fake news companies would owe me millions upon millions. [Have you spoken to any other Senate candidates lately about their recent litigation attempts?] I will fix the US legal system for all of my fellow Forgotten Men and Women. I will Make America Great Again. I will restore speech and access to the law.

One more time - everything I've said is true, everything else printed in unreliable and fake news TechDirt is a lie.
Arizona voters, I look forward to your support, check out my plan at brittainforsenate.com."


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  • identicon
    Anonymous Coward, 4 Oct 2017 @ 9:31am

    So Craig Brittain is on the side of Shiva Ayyadurai... like we needed any more proof that the latter is completely full of shit.

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      Toom1275 (profile), 4 Oct 2017 @ 9:51am

      Re:

      The censorious asshats both feel emboldened, figuring if Donald "open up libel laws" Trump could be president, then there's a place in government for them as well.

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      Anonymous Coward, 4 Oct 2017 @ 10:43am

      Re:

      Maybe we could arrange a meeting in the traditional style: you know, "two men enter, one man leaves".

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    wshuff (profile), 4 Oct 2017 @ 9:39am

    Good GAWD! It's like his brain took a dump out his mouth and it splattered on the page.

    But just so I'm clear. Craig would be totally ok if I posted those naked pictures of him on a website, but videos of him giving interviews are fake news. Is that it?

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      That One Guy (profile), 4 Oct 2017 @ 3:33pm

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      Well, not his pictures, because's he's not one of those dirty peasants who don't deserve any privacy, he's one of the elite, as you can see by the fact that he wants to be a politician, and they deserve all the privacy.

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    kallethen, 4 Oct 2017 @ 9:41am

    Readers whose irony meters hadn't exploded immediately were advised to quickly take theirs in for recalibration.

    Dammit, I just had mine fixed! It's getting expensive maintaining these lately.

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      Machin Shin, 4 Oct 2017 @ 10:13am

      Re:

      Sadly reached to point that overload protection needs to be added as a standard feature.

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      That One Guy (profile), 4 Oct 2017 @ 3:46pm

      Re:

      If you're going to read the articles here it's worth paying extra for the 'Techdirt Special' warranty, where they'll replace it for free when it explodes yet again. Sure it's a little extra on the bill, but it'll save you a lot in the long run.

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        orbitalinsertion (profile), 4 Oct 2017 @ 7:14pm

        Re: Re:

        Innovation demands we simply make heavy-duty irony meters that are capable of showing just how far off the charts the irony is. Log scale might be a good idea. Analog meters should be able to go much more than full circle.

        Explosion resistance might also be enhanced by converting mere detection into work. Let it power a small generator connected to your home grid or something to bleed off all that overload.

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          XcOM987 (profile), 5 Oct 2017 @ 3:35am

          Re: Re: Re:

          Only on the provision that in an outage you will be allowed to disconnect your house from the grid so you can continue to power your house

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            orbitalinsertion (profile), 5 Oct 2017 @ 5:11am

            Re: Re: Re: Re:

            Chances are that you have to. But that may yet be dangerous for the house unless you have something like old telco battery tanks or a set off of a submarine, depending on what you might read.

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    Name, 4 Oct 2017 @ 9:48am

    Rest assured he will NOT get my vote.

    What a nut job.

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    Anonymous Coward, 4 Oct 2017 @ 9:49am

    If he and the Timecube guy ever have a love child it'd probably an exhibit at a zoo.

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    Baron von Robber, 4 Oct 2017 @ 9:51am

    Trump will support him.

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    fairuse (profile), 4 Oct 2017 @ 9:52am

    Brittain Failed Self Imposed Delusional Test

    A panel of one, Craig Brittain, declared he is delusional.

    The offending sentence, "I have never abused the legal system, nor have I ever committed an unjust crime."

    Lunch time!

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      Anonymous Coward, 4 Oct 2017 @ 10:26am

      Re: Brittain Failed Self Imposed Delusional Test

      "I have never abused the legal system, nor have I ever committed an unjust crime."

      Ok, now I'm interested in what 'just crimes' he has committed.

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        Anonymous Coward, 4 Oct 2017 @ 10:54am

        Re: Re: Brittain Failed Self Imposed Delusional Test

        Ok, now I'm interested in what 'just crimes' he has committed.

        Whatever they were, he's pretty sure he was "justified".

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    tom (profile), 4 Oct 2017 @ 9:59am

    I looked over his Senate campaign site. Several of his stated positions are pretty good and will likely attract a fair number of Libertarian party followers. Given his documented past history, there is no certainty that if elected, he would pay any attention to his stated platform.

    From his website since it seems relevant to the topic in this post.

    "Craig believes the First Amendment protects all speech without limits. He will repeal many unconstitutional regulations on speech."

    Seems rather at odds with his use of courts to limit other's free speech.

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      Anonymous Coward, 4 Oct 2017 @ 12:07pm

      Re:

      His epic wall of text is rather convincingly putting him in the bucket of "train of thought"-driven people and his definition of fake seems to be anything he can't bend to his will (which is not an unprecedented definition).

      At the same time his use of DMCA is legally questionable at best and his attraction to a certain lawyer should start all [censored]-alarms.

      No, Britain has moved from bringing naked pictures of others to bringing naked hypocricy to others.

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      Thad, 4 Oct 2017 @ 12:13pm

      Re:

      Several of his stated positions are pretty good and will likely attract a fair number of Libertarian party followers.

      But he's running as a Republican, isn't he? I don't see a party explicitly listed on his website, but Ballotpedia says he's a Republican.

      Libertarians can't vote in Republican primaries in Arizona, but independents can.

      That's assuming he gets on the ballot.

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    Anonymous Coward, 4 Oct 2017 @ 10:04am

    When trolling online isn't satisfying enough it's time to escalate trolling efforts by going into politics.

    What a time to be alive.

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    That Anonymous Coward (profile), 4 Oct 2017 @ 10:10am

    Since his ego will not let him stay away.

    Craig, I have your nudes & rates you charged to perform.
    That you didn't care if it was men or women, you just wanted to be paid.
    Nice watch.
    You are a boil on the ass of humanity, who believes everything is a plot to get you. You claim you never did anything wrong & even if you did it's societies fault.
    Learn to accept responsibility for your actions.
    No one made you post those pics.
    No one make you mock them.
    No one made you defraud them of money.
    No one made you try to pretend you did nothing.

    You are to blame for your actions. You are so driven to be rich, but you fail to understand it requires work. The world isn't going to hand you everything on a plate, just because you want it.

    I think you have the right mentality to be in Congress, though that says more about the elected cesspool than any qualifications on your part.

    In closing,
    DIAFIRL, Nudes online are forever, Your anger makes me happy.

    TAC.

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      Anonymous Coward, 4 Oct 2017 @ 10:53am

      Re:

      I think you have the right mentality to be in Congress, though that says more about the elected cesspool than any qualifications on your part.

      It is also the reason that people who would do a good job decide not to stand.

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        JoeCool (profile), 4 Oct 2017 @ 11:13am

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        A crooked lawyer runs a revenge porn site that pushes his crooked law business, gets slapped down by the court, and denies he ever did anything wrong... I'm surprised the major parties aren't LEAPING to grab this guy for their party. He's JUST the kind of politician both parties push for major positions.

        /wish I were being sarcastic

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        That Anonymous Coward (profile), 4 Oct 2017 @ 12:10pm

        Re: Re:

        Not the first time I've suggested nuking DC from orbit just to make sure, so we could start over.

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    Anonymous Coward, 4 Oct 2017 @ 10:29am

    I like what you did with what otherwise would have been links to his Senate site.

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    Thad, 4 Oct 2017 @ 10:34am

    As an Arizonan, I welcome him to the race. And hope he splits the vote for Kelli Ward. Because much as I dislike Jeff Flake, he's better than either one of those two dinguses.

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      That One Guy (profile), 4 Oct 2017 @ 3:35pm

      Re:

      Talk about horrifying. If a raging hypocritical asshole like this is the better option your other choices have got to be beyond horrible.

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        Thad, 4 Oct 2017 @ 4:33pm

        Re: Re:

        Brother, I live in a county that elected Joe Arpaio six times.

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          That One Guy (profile), 4 Oct 2017 @ 4:54pm

          Re: Re: Re:

          Point taken. Also, ouch.

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            Thad, 4 Oct 2017 @ 5:04pm

            Re: Re: Re: Re:

            (In our defense, when we finally voted him out last year, it wasn't close; he lost by double digits.)

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            Thad, 4 Oct 2017 @ 5:54pm

            Re: Re: Re: Re:

            Adding: But I think you misread me. I'm saying Flake is the best of all the (Republican) options, not Brittain.

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              That One Guy (profile), 4 Oct 2017 @ 6:57pm

              Re: Re: Re: Re: Re:

              Okay, that is better, I was thinking that you were saying that Brittain was the 'best' candidate available, which would be all sorts of horrifying if true.

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                Thad, 4 Oct 2017 @ 10:55pm

                Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re:

                Yeah, I can see the pronoun trouble now.

                Jeff Flake is the incumbent, and he's looking at a tough primary challenge from Kelli Ward (who mounted a primary challenge against McCain last year and, obviously, lost). She's polling ahead of him right now.

                It's not clear whether Brittain will get on the ballot; he's probably got an uphill battle ahead of him. But my comment was that if he could peel some votes away from Ward and help Flake get the nomination, I'd breathe a little easier. I don't want Flake to win the general, but I'd rather see him win it than Ward.

                The likely Democratic candidate is my rep, Kyrsten Sinema. I've got my issues with her, most of which boil down to the nature of Arizona politics; if you want to get elected in most districts in this state, you have to be pretty conservative, even if you're a Democrat. But I still consider her an improvement over Flake (who I think is a decent guy but whose politics I don't support at all).

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    David, 4 Oct 2017 @ 10:38am

    Fascinating

    Brittain definitely makes it sound like he needs to decriminalize a whole lot more than just Marihuana.

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    Jordan Chandler, 4 Oct 2017 @ 10:42am

    curious

    Who takes work from this guy? Who would be this guys' attorney or campaign manager?

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    Anonymous Coward, 4 Oct 2017 @ 1:21pm

    Could we get a legal injunction requiring Craig Brittain's parents issue a letter of apology to humanity for not having used contraceptives? Has such a thing ever been done? "We are sorry he exists" would be sufficient.

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    Hugo S Cunningham (profile), 4 Oct 2017 @ 2:11pm

    Wikipedia-- one article down

    Somebody took down the Wikipedia article on "Craig Brittain", but the article on "Is Anybody Down" is still there, despite ongoing attempts to water it down.

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      That One Guy (profile), 4 Oct 2017 @ 3:41pm

      Re: Wikipedia-- one article down

      Hopefully 'his' article is reinstated quickly, if he's going to try to run for public office people need to know just what kind of scum he is.

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    Atkray (profile), 4 Oct 2017 @ 2:54pm

    Fake news

    Great, now someone who will agree with ootb that this site is fake news.

    Looks like Craig can use the help too.

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    That One Guy (profile), 4 Oct 2017 @ 3:40pm

    Dammit Trump...

    One narcissistic nutjob makes it into office and now others are crawling out of the woodwork to see if they can make it into office too.

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    Anonymous Coward, 4 Oct 2017 @ 4:58pm

    "TechDirt is a fake news website". Well, he's right there!

    Techdirt's take turns turvy-topsy! My recollected impression is that Techdirt said publishing those video/images -- AND similarly the Hulk Hogan video -- was perfectly okay, taking the position of Brittain now seemingly disparaged above: anything that gets onto a recording device is fair game forever.

    But now that he's emerged as a Trump-like candidate, it's totally consistent (in Techdirt's practice) to turn on him and do a hatchet job.

    It'd be handy if Techdirt now stated a firm position on revenge porn or public exposures as of Hogan. It's not explicit anywhere above; all you do is use the topic for clicks, still free to reverse on me yet again in next piece.

    As is Brittain free to betray what says now in unlikely event elected. That'd certainly be Trump-like.

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      Anonymous Coward, 4 Oct 2017 @ 4:59pm

      Re: "TechDirt is a fake news website". Well, he's right there!

      [This is one of the many pieces that to me strongly suggest the PR scams of ginning up public fights, like pro wrestling in print. Hollywood had/has innumerable contrived dust-ups for publicity. My suspicion is based on that I NEVER see even links to Techdirt, let alone its alleged influence except on Techdirt itself. Is Brittain in league with Techdirt? Or only taken in by its chutzpah?]

      PS: intentionally late because who cares? Techdirt is a lightweight piece that just won't swirl down the tubes.

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        Anonymous Coward, 4 Oct 2017 @ 5:00pm

        Re: Re: "TechDirt is a fake news website". Well, he's right there!

        TWICE NOW the three dashes for "markdown" haven't worked. I suspect Techdirt removed that because I like.

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          Anonymous Coward, 5 Oct 2017 @ 1:55am

          Re: Re: Re: "TechDirt is a fake news website". Well, he's right there!

          TWICE NOW the three dashes for "markdown" haven't worked.

          Did you tick the box? How did it look in Preview?

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            ryuugami, 5 Oct 2017 @ 4:09am

            Re: Re: Re: Re: "TechDirt is a fake news website". Well, he's right there!

            How did it look in Preview?

            Heh. Do those posts look like they were made by someone who clicks "Preview"?

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        Anonymous Coward, 4 Oct 2017 @ 5:07pm

        Re: Re: "TechDirt is a fake news website". Well, he's right there!

        Apparently you care enough to commend and then respond to yourself twice. I think you'd make a fine running mate to that scumbag.

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      Anonymous Coward, 4 Oct 2017 @ 6:49pm

      Re: "TechDirt is a fake news website". Well, he's right there!

      I like how you had to turn around and suck the cock of a revenge pornographer to get your digs in against Techdirt. Nice going, dickhead!

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    orbitalinsertion (profile), 4 Oct 2017 @ 7:30pm

    Right wing cranks sure like to give this mysterious left wing credit for lots of good things. They are apparently also insanely powerful.

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      ryuugami, 5 Oct 2017 @ 4:16am

      Re:

      Recall that conservatives, subspecies Foxnewsius Americanus, were unhappy that anyone can edit Wikipedia... so they made their own.

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        orbitalinsertion (profile), 5 Oct 2017 @ 5:24am

        Re: Re:

        Yes, i remember when it went up. Mostly due to "creation science" cranks.

        Of course, "the left", in their view, is frequently the former right, from which they seem to be receding at somewhere near 0.5c. "Kill a Commie for Mommy" Reagan would be some kind of communist in their book if they actually had to deal with a live version, as opposed to the beatified state he currently occupies.

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    Wendy Cockcroft, 5 Oct 2017 @ 5:52am

    @SenatorBrittain?

    Holy flip, he hasn't even been elected and he's set up that Twitter account? Won't it be funny if he falls on his face in the election? Honestly, that's cheeky, people.

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      Thad, 5 Oct 2017 @ 1:13pm

      Re: @SenatorBrittain?

      I don't think that's much of an "if"; I think it's less a question of whether he'll win the general than whether he'll even get enough signatures to make it into the primary.

      That said, I never thought Trump would win the primary, let alone the general, so I've learned never to count anybody out, no matter how unlikely they seem.

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    Jeffrey Nonken (profile), 5 Oct 2017 @ 9:10am

    I know there are people who do not love their fellow human beings and I HATE PEOPLE LIKE THAT. -T. Lehrer

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