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RamboLiberal Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-09-10 06:51 PM
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Keith Olbermann Hoax: Did Tucker Carlson Pose As Olbermann In Emails?
Did Tucker Carlson perpetrate a hoax by posing as Keith Olbermann in a series of emails?

On Tuesday afternoon, a set of emails surfaced on the Philadelphia news site Phawker. Phawker said that the emails showed the "100% for real" correspondence between Olbermann and Philadelphia Daily News columnist Stu Bykofsky over the weekend. In the emails, "Olbermann" talks about his boss, MSNBC President Phil Griffin, in hyperbolic, insulting terms.

In one email, "Olbermann" says that Griffin is "not my boss (thank god), nor is he intellectually qualified to be...I'll be anchoring on election night 2012, long after Phil Griffin has moved on to a job for which he's actually qualified, perhaps on QVC."

In another, "Olbermann" writes that "I could have Phil Griffin fired tomorrow if I felt like it, trust me. And if he keeps yapping about me in public, I may. For the moment, however, keeping Phil around is like having a drunk chimp in the office -- more amusing than threatening."

The incendiary emails seemed too good to be true -- and, as it turns out, they were. The emails from "Olbermann" came from keith@keitholbermann.com . That's an address that is not owned by Olbermann, but by Tucker Carlson, conservative pundit and editor of the Daily Caller website. In July, Carlson announced that he had purchased the domain name KeithOlbermann.com, and told Politico that people could email him at Keith@KeithOlbermann.com -- the same address that the emails to Bykofsky came from.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/11/09/keith-olberman...
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arcane1 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-09-10 06:55 PM
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1. One wonders what motivated that jackass...
to not only purchase that domain name, but to publicly encourage people to email him there?
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GoCubsGo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-09-10 07:30 PM
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16. As Jon Stewart said....
Edited on Tue Nov-09-10 07:30 PM by GoCubsGo
He's a dick.

I think Jon was too kind.
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monmouth Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-09-10 06:57 PM
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2. Tucker is so jealous of Keith but to be so transparent about it...wow..n/t
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Salviati Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-09-10 06:58 PM
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3. Wow, I didn't think it was possible for tucker to be even more of a douchbag than he was...
Serves me right for having such little faith in his douchebaggery skills...
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Merlot Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-09-10 06:58 PM
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4. That goes way beyond "hoax"
And possibly has legal ramifications...If it were me, I'd be looking into recourse.

Although I have to say I'm surprised that someone in KO's position had not have bought his domain name.
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Bucky Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-09-10 06:59 PM
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5. Shockingly immature. The work of a man who hasn't earned his place in the world
How like a Bush he is.
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jgraz Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-09-10 07:00 PM
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6. Spoiled little rich baby
What an EPIC FAIL of a human being.
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sakabatou Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-09-10 07:19 PM
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14. I hope so.
Anyone know what this can be filed under?
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A-Schwarzenegger Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-09-10 07:00 PM
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7. One can only hope.
Would be sweet to see him wiggle on that hook.
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malaise Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-09-10 07:02 PM
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8. Back in the day I posted about
Fucker Carson's bow tie and my view that he really thought he was Richie Rich. Well the cartoon character took off the bow tie a few days later. He really is a pathetic little rich boy.
I hope KO sues the pants off of him.
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Vinnie From Indy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-09-10 07:03 PM
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9. I guess Carlson can add immature, unfunny dumbass to his resume now
What a clown!
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Ian David Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-09-10 07:04 PM
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10. Tucker obviously needs to find a more healthy outlet for his man-crush. n/t
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blogslut Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-09-10 07:08 PM
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11. Tucker Carlson is 41 years old
Physically, that is.
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frylock Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-09-10 07:13 PM
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12. tuckercarlsonisadouchenoz.com is available to be registered..
just sayin....
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Recursion Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-09-10 07:18 PM
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13. Also, remember the "From" header of an email means absolutely nothing
Other than the fact that the sender wants that "From" to display in your email. You can send letters appearing to be from president@whitehouse.gov if you want (and I often do, when I'm bored).
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dgibby Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-09-10 07:29 PM
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15. Wonder if Tucker would like to receive E-mail from DU.
:evilgrin:
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laughingliberal Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-09-10 07:32 PM
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17. K & R for exposing RW scum. nt
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pacalo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-09-10 07:49 PM
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18. If Keith wanted to pursue this legally...
While impersonating another person is not illegal per se, but doing the impersonation in order to harm, intimidate, threaten or defraud other people is considered to be a felony. Therefore, people who post fake profiles on social networking sites like MySpace or Facebook could be charged and sentenced if found guilty.

Emails impersonations are illegal under the US CAN-SPAM act, but it can be very difficult to catch the impersonator. Mainly because the impersonator would not receive the reply you send. However, looking at the email address, one can figure out whether it is authentic or not.

Laws Against Posing As Someone Else On The Internet
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jgraz Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-09-10 08:00 PM
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19. Ah... I'm just imagining FTucker getting perp-walked.
Oh... that's a nice mental image... :evilgrin:
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