The Daily Beast evidently has very low standards when hiring writers over there. Kevin Poulsen, who was previously banned from the Internet for committing espionage against the United States as well as other crimes, has doxxed the man who allegedly made the infamous, doctored video of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, in which her vocal pitch was lowered and the video was purposely slowed to make her seem even less articulate than usual. She looked drunk or impaired which if you have watched Pelosi at all is pretty much normal.
The black man named Shawn Brooks from the Bronx wished to remain anonymous but The Daily Beast outed him anyway. There’s a whole lack of journalistic ethics here and these same people shrugged when a whole cadre of liberal individuals doctored videos concerning President Trump. Double standard much? The guy who supposedly made the video (and he aggressively denies it) is a manual laborer who runs a series of Facebook pages and websites promoting President Trump and conservative policies. His name and identity were not public until Poulsen got a hold of them.
Poulsen, a former black hat hacker who was banned from using the Internet from the 1990s until the early 2000s, revealed it in his Daily Beast article. He was the first to be banned from the Internet and frankly, he should never have been allowed back on. He unveiled the man’s employment history, where he has lived and is currently residing, a run-in with the law and an outstanding California arrest warrant, and his first and last name. That’s called ‘doxxing’.
Poulsen’s sordid past makes the alleged video maker’s past pale in comparison. He’s a real piece of work.
NEW: I went looking for the Russian troll behind the 'Drunk Pelosi' viral video hoax. Turns out he's an itinerant forklift operator from the Bronx who's been secretly running hard-right "news" outlets across social media for years. Also, not Russian. https://t.co/mChiyVqy0B
— Kevin Poulsen (@kpoulsen) June 1, 2019
From Big League Politics:
“In November 1989, Poulsen was indicted on 19 counts of conspiracy, fraud, wiretapping and money laundering. If convicted, the charges could have brought him up to 37 years in jail. But Poulsen did not go quietly. He fled and was beyond the reach of law enforcement for 17 months.
“Poulsen had burrowed deep into the giant switching networks of Pacific Bell, exploring and exploiting nearly every element of its computers. His forays led to a now-infamous incident with KIIS-FM in Los Angeles. Each week, the station ran the “Win a Porsche by Friday” contest, with a $50,000 Porsche given to the 102nd caller after a particular sequence of songs announced earlier in the day was played.
You doxed a black guy in NYC who wanted to remain anonymous bc he was afraid if people knew he was conservative it would hurt him
You outed him anyway
He posted a doctored video of Pelosi
Will you do the same for the thousands of libs who post doctored videos of Trump?
— SETH WEATHERS (@sethweathers) June 2, 2019
“On the morning of June 1, 1990, the trio of songs was played on the air. Businessmen, students, housewives, and contest fanatics jammed the lines with auto-dialers and car phones. But Poulsen had a different method. He and his associates, stationed at their computers, seized control of the station’s 25 telephone lines, blocking out all calls but their own. Then he dialed the 102nd call — and later collected his Porsche 944.
“But that wasn’t all. He allegedly wiretapped the intimate phone calls of a Hollywood actress, conspired to steal classified military orders, cracked an Army computer and snooped into an FBI investigation of former Philippine president Ferdinand Marcos — all while working on national security matters.
Reminder that the DB did basically the same thing a few months ago by going after a pastry chef who happened to work at Mar-a-Lago and posted some conspiratorial stuff online: https://t.co/jeKxqHe7fr
— (((AG))) (@AG_Conservative) June 2, 2019
“Poulsen was found guilty and imprisoned for five years for his crimes, and was then banned from the Internet until 2004 when he persuaded his probation officer to allow him access to the world wide web.
“Poulsen revealed as much when writing for Exile:
“Eighteen months after my release, with one year of probation remaining, my probation officer was ready to let me loose on the Net. But the proposal came with a caveat: I had to find an Internet service provider that would agree to monitor my actions and give my PO access to the traffic reports on demand.
“Yes! I was in. I now knew enough about the Net from the mainstream media to suppose that it was as rife with surveillance and snooping as with hardcore porn and illegal gambling. I thought it would be a breeze.
Hold up. If Wikipedia is to be believed, you are a felon & were the first person in America to not be allowed to use the internet after being released from jail & now you’re shaming other people who do stuff on the internet b/c you don’t like their politics? Do I have that right? pic.twitter.com/aKNInOl4Bw
— LB (@beyondreasdoubt) June 2, 2019
“Considering now, 15 years later, Poulsen used his Internet privileges to dox a private individual, one must wonder if his former probation officer is scratching his head and contemplating whether he made the correct decision.”
Poulsen begins his piece with, “The video that racked up millions of views and sparked a national conversation was uploaded by a sports blogger from the Bronx, currently on probation for domestic battery.” What a nasty spin to put on all this with no solid proof.
Thousands could be a tough lift, but if you can take a second to point me to the most recent one that 1) Presented the video as authentic from behind a news facade; 2) Fooled millions of people, including the president’s lawyer (or anyone of equal stature) and 3)
— Kevin Poulsen (@kpoulsen) June 2, 2019
From The Daily Caller:
“During a phone interview, Brooks said that he was not responsible for creating the altered video and told the Daily Beast that there were other admins on the Facebook pages who could have posted it.
“According to the Daily Beast, Facebook confirmed the existence of six other admins on the page. But they also reportedly deleted those accounts under their “real name” policy last week after determining all six accounts were controlled by Brooks.
“Brooks responded late Saturday night by posting what he said was a current screenshot of the page’s admins, showing that there were a number of other admins still active.
“Brooks, who is currently on probation after pleading guilty to domestic battery, argued that the media chose him as the “fall guy” because of his background.
“Part of the “background” Brooks cited was his turn to conservatism after losing his job to illegal immigrants during the presidency of Barack Obama. After several years of driving a forklift at a warehouse in Queens, Brooks told the Daily Beast that the higher-ups started bringing in illegal immigrants who could do the same work for less money.
“I was working there four or five years and I was being paid pretty well,” he explained. “And then they started bringing these guys in vans through the side door. This was going on for months. Then all of a sudden they told me, ‘We can’t pay you anymore.’”
“The Daily Beast went on to claim that Brooks admitted to earning $1,000 in ad revenue from the video before Facebook tagged it as a fake, at which point the revenue was stopped.
“Since the publication of the article, Brooks has fired back on Twitter, refuting a number of the claims.
“Brooks also dispute quotes from an unnamed woman the Daily Beast claimed was his ex-girlfriend, arguing that he was not from the Bronx and said that the article was a combination of cherry-picked comments and outright fabrications.”
3) Spawned a national dialog that included former cabinet officials and newspaper editorial boards, then I’ll get started Monday morning.
— Kevin Poulsen (@kpoulsen) June 2, 2019
I guess anyone who does an unflattering meme of a Democrat these days qualifies as a Russian troll according to Poulsen… that and all Trump supporters. However he obtained this man’s information it was unethical. He used it to silence this man and smear him. As Twitchy put it, “We don’t care if a unicorn delivered the information to Andrew on a pillow of Skittles, what he did was wrong.” Yes, and a lawsuit should be forthcoming.
Let it be known far and wide that @brianstelter retweeted this. The self-proclaimed media watchdog is cool with other journos hunting down a random guy and doxxing him because he posted a joke video critical of a Democrat. This is why we hate most of your profession. https://t.co/YKIMwVW7p1
— Carl Gustav (@CaptYonah) June 2, 2019
OOF! Twitter lights Brian Stelter UP for sharing ‘truth’ about HOW CNN doxxed Trump gif-maker https://t.co/C5niEwCixH
— Twitchy Team (@TwitchyTeam) July 9, 2017
There's a difference between trolling and journalism that's not properly fact-checked. Just making sure you note this to your followers.
— Art Tavana (@arttavana) July 8, 2017
Truth and @CNN are a marriage of inconvenience.
— Reaganesque (@TheReaganWay) July 8, 2017
Current admins of Politics Watchdog as of 12:42am. But somehow I'm running all those accounts according to fake news the daily beast. And the female admin doesn't exist too according to Poulsen.
So as many will see that an article of me has been posted online by a left leaning site called the daily beast. I'm…
I never said I made 1000 dollars. That’s a lie. This guy just made up a bunch of shit and added my past history (which isn’t all true) and have convinced you all that everything he wrote was true. Bottomline is I never made the video. I shared it just like thousands of other ppl
— Shawn (@sportsgurufsr) June 2, 2019