The media that gave us Chris Matthews, Jackass and “Hurl” hacks into Sarah Palin’s email account..

…and of course, they blame her.

What are the media thugs going to do next, mug her and blame her for walking down the wrong alley? Where are the police when we need them?

Just another reason why this newsreport from the Onion is so true.

UPDATE: Gawker describes their incompetent hacking efforts while also blaming Palin:

Did the internet just cause Sarah Palin to destroy evidence? The potential Veep is in a bit of trouble for conducting state business using her personal, unarchived email address (gov.sarah@yahoo.com) instead of her official account (which is, of course, subject to laws requiring the retention of government records). Emails from that Yahoo account are already being sought in connection with the Troopergate investigation. Now comes word that Anonymous, the fun-loving Internet trouble-makers based loosely around the message board 4Chan, gained access to another Palin email account: gov.palin@yahoo.com. It looks legit! The offending posts, screenshots, heretofore unseen family photos, and emails have all been deleted from Imageshack and 4Chan. But we have them. You want to read Sarah Palin’s email?

Ok, sad thing first: a good Samaritan reset the password and tried to alert Sarah. But he also posted the new password, causing multiple people to try to log in at once, freezing the account for 24 hours. And now, the account has been deleted!

I may as well come out of the closet and admit that I’m a still-on-the-fence voter who thought that it was time to have a Democrat in the White House. I don’t agree with the Dems on foreign policy, but foreign policy doesn’t change when the President changes, it’s just marketed in a different way. Foreign policy is run by the malign unelected gargoyles of the state department, and elections can’t change that. I agree with Dems on most domestic issues.

I don’t object to what the press did because they’re picking on Palin, I object to what they did because I think that people who hack into other people’s email are criminal scum.

This is just one of many illustrations of how the press has turned into a fairly powerful thugocracy. They crow about the fact that they’re above the law. They aren’t guardians of our freedom, they’re not the voice of the people. They haven’t been for years.

If you woke up one morning to find 10 newsvans parked in front of your house and a swarm of reporters banging on your front door, would you feel:

1) apprehension and dread, as if you were about to be attacked by a many-tentacled monster

2) overjoyed that the unbiased guardians of freedom were blessing you with their attention

Most people would probably choose 1). According to a Gallup poll, most people think the media is less trustworthy than used car salesman.

I wonder what the results would have been if hackers and purse snatchers were included on the list of professions.

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24 Responses to The media that gave us Chris Matthews, Jackass and “Hurl” hacks into Sarah Palin’s email account..

  1. The media hacked in?

    Wasn’t it some guys from 4chan? How is that the media?

  2. mary says:

    How did the information get from 4chan to the media. Are the ‘jounalists’ at Gawker and Slate trolling the trolls?

    I didn’t link to the Gawker article at first because I’d rather not link to information about someone’s stolen email, but I added the update because the article also describes their pathetic attempts to use a stolen password to open Palin’s account.

  3. How did the information get from 4chan to the media.

    Because 4chan is a public and relatively popular forum, and those who hacked her account posted it there. They’re part of “anonymous”, the notorious 4chan group.

    Didn’t you read the article?

  4. Okay, you actually included the 4Chan information in your update. Why do you think the media are behind this if you’ve already posted that it was Anonymous?

    I’m confused.

  5. mary says:

    I’m kind of out of the hacker loop, so I had no idea 4chan was popular. I thought it was one of those troll sites the NY Times portrayed as a source of all internet evil. Is this where reporters are getting all of their stories lately?

    The ‘journalist’ from Gawker says:

    Now comes word that Anonymous, the fun-loving Internet trouble-makers based loosely around the message board 4Chan, gained access to another Palin email account: gov.palin@yahoo.com. It looks legit! The offending posts, screenshots, heretofore unseen family photos, and emails have all been deleted from Imageshack and 4Chan. But we have them. You want to read Sarah Palin’s email?

    Ok, sad thing first: a good Samaritan reset the password and tried to alert Sarah. But he also posted the new password, causing multiple people to try to log in at once, freezing the account for 24 hours. And now, the account has been deleted!

    This asshole is openly admitting that he’s using this password to try to get into the account to publish more private information, then he whines about the account being deleted. Pathetic

  6. mary says:

    the press didn’t initiate the hacking (as far as I know) but what they did (publishing the information, blaming the victim) was worse. And, they’re also criminally liable.

  7. the press didn’t initiate the hacking (as far as I know)

    Your headline:

    The media that gave us Chris Matthews, Jackass and “Hurl” hacks into Sarah Palin’s email account..

    From your post:

    What are the media thugs going to do next, mug her and blame her for walking down the wrong alley?

    From your update:

    I don’t object to what the press did because they’re picking on Palin, I object to what they did because I think that people who hack into other people’s email are criminal scum.

    If you didn’t think the media were behind it, why did you say they were?

    And if you don’t think that they did it, why the outrage? Do you think that no one should report on the fact that hackers broke in to a vice-presidential candidate’s private email account?

  8. The media (Gawker) hacked into Palin’s account.

    No, they did not. Anonymous did. Nothing in the Gawker article or the Salon article indicates that anyone other than Anonymous did. Nothing in the Gawker article mentions their “incompetent hacking efforts”.

    Where are you getting this stuff?

  9. This Wired story has the most information that I’ve seen on it, and it says:

    A person claiming to be the hacker who obtained access to Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin’s private Yahoo e-mail on Tuesday has posted a supposed first-person account of the hack, revealing the relatively simple steps he says he took to crack the private e-mail of the Republican vice-presidential candidate.

    The story was briefly posted Wednesday to the 4chan forum where the hack first surfaced. Bloggers have connected the handle of the poster, “Rubico,” to an e-mail address, and tentatively identified the owner as a college student in Tennessee.

    So obviously not the media.

    Could you have misread the original article?

  10. mary says:

    The person who broke into Palin’s account says:

    The “white knight fucker” was the /b/tard who thought that going through Sarah Palin’s email wasn’t cool. He logged in, changed the password, and sent an email to a friend of Palin’s warning her and letting her know the new password. Unfortunately, he then posted a screenshot of this email to let the other /b/tards know their fun was over. He failed to blank the password, and they all tried to log in and change the password — which tripped the automated Yahoo! freeze. Since then, the account has been deleted. “Rapidshit” refers to rapidshare.com — i.e., rubico wanted to download the emails, put them into one file, and put that file up on rapidshare for /b/tards and the world at large to download. But he panicked, or didn’t know how to download the emails, and so pawned that task off on Anonymous, which he didn’t realize wasn’t monolithic and in his favor.

    Alex Pareene of Gawker says:

    Ok, sad thing first: a good Samaritan reset the password and tried to alert Sarah. But he also posted the new password, causing multiple people to try to log in at once, freezing the account for 24 hours. And now, the account has been deleted!

    Which indicates that he was trying to use this password to illegally enter Palin’s account, and that he was frozen out, indicating a failed hacking attempt.

    If ‘rubico’, Pareen or others who tried to access Palin’s account had written authorization from Palin to look at the files, then ‘rubico’, Pareen and others haven’t committed a crime.

    If they accessed her files without her permission, then a crime was committed. You can call it hacking, you can call it breaking and entering, you can call it anything you want.

    If you want to argue this with the feds, feel free.

  11. mary says:

    Hmmm..”Wired” says:

    ..the story was briefly posted Wednesday to the 4chan forum where the hack first surfaced. Bloggers have connected the handle of the poster, “Rubico,” to an e-mail address, and tentatively identified the owner as a college student in Tennessee.

    Threat Level was unable to reach the student by phone because his number is unlisted. A person who identified himself as the student’s father, when reached at home, said he could not talk about the matter and would have no comment. The father is a Democratic state representative in Tennessee.

    So, maybe the title should read “A Democratic state representative’s son and the media that gave us Chris Matthews, Jackass and “Hurl” hacks into Sarah Palin’s email account..”

    Whew. It was already too long..

  12. So, again I need clarification. Are you standing by your claim that the media hacked into Palin’s account? Or not?

    Which indicates that he was trying to use this password to illegally enter Palin’s account, and that he was frozen out, indicating a failed hacking attempt.

    In what way does it indicate that the writer was trying this? Reporting on the activities of others now implicates the writer in the activity?

    This is a very bizarre take on this event. Too bizarre from me, I’m afraid.

  13. mary says:

    Pareen says: “causing multiple people to try to log in at once, freezing the account for 24 hours. And now, the account has been deleted!”

    That sounds like a first person account of his own activities to me. And did he get Palin’s contact list from rubico? That’s not clear.

    Here, an Australian publisher debates about whether he should have posted the stolen emails. Reader reaction was basically negative. One reader says:

    I don’t expect you to delete the post dude, but how about removing the screen shots of the Private email? Or better yet, often you use images that convey the idea of a story, so instead of Sarah’s email, why not replace them with some of your own showing that private info had been put up?

  14. That sounds like a first person account of his own activities to me.

    It is quite obviously and plainly not a first person account. Such an account would contain things “when I tried to log in, I found the account had been deleted”.

    I’m kind of stunned that you’ve interpreted this in such an imaginative way. There is literally nothing in any of these articles that would suggest that the writers have hacked the account. And while it’s conceivable that some might have tried themselves, I doubt they would. The incident is under investigation, as they all report, and they’re likely to know that their IP addresses would be detected.

  15. mary says:

    The incident is under investigation, as they all report, and they’re likely to know that their IP addresses would be detected.

    Well, then, we’ll see what happens. But anyone who works on the web can find out how fake an IP.

    Still wondering how he got that contact list…

  16. Still wondering how he got that contact list…

    Because it was posted on 4chan.

    But anyone who works on the web can find out how fake an IP.

    Including the guy who hacked the account. He was going through at least one proxy. But he figured that an investigation would find him anyway. That too was reported.

  17. Samuel says:

    To those trying to disassociate the MSM, Democrats, and Leftest hackers, that is a tough job you can have, I wouldn’t want to trade places. The MSM is so in the tank for Obama and anti-Republican, even if they didn’t participate in the actual hacking the spirit of their objectivity is so twisted that any feigning of outrage on their part on behalf of Palin would appear gratuitous at best. Certainly at this point a majority of the public would expect the Media and Democrats to use this if they could get away with it.

    The MSM has been so embarrassingly bias that even a substantial number of Democrats understand this, I certainly understand this, and except the most bias members of my family as well, thay also understand this. Independents numbers are closer to Republicans in their perceptions, only a Kool-Aid drinkers would see otherwise.

    The perception on these matters does cause some to mix the MSM, Leftest Bloggers, and Partisan Democrats because many of these people could be expected to do such a thing in this political season, only people blind on the left fail to notice. Barak should be ahead by 15 points right now but for all this personally destructive crap, along with a lack of true outrage from Barak supporters who in their hearts are gleeful of such efforts, all this robs Barak’s campaign of much needed oxygen.

    The stupidity of the left is as they search for any Palin equivalent of a Jeremiah Wright, or William Ayers, or religious fanaticism they leave themselves open for the same and it seems to me Barak has more to worry about in this regard.

    I used to be a Democrat and have been on the other side of Republican attacks so I know it never occurs to Democrats that these are more effective for Republicans not because they are better at it, rather they are more disciplined and also Democrats can’t get out of their own damn way.

    Come October when Republicans pin the trash that Reverend Wright, William Ayers and all of Barak and Bidens’ gaffs, lies etc., onto their asses Democrats will fail to understand that the rules, groundwork was laid by their friends at KOS, MSM and Democratic Party. The Democrats have cheered this on an have determined the rules for what vetting is.

    The Republicans may not hack email to get there, they don’t have to. Willie Horton was first introduced into the campaign by Al Gore, true Sexism was introduced not by the Republicans but the DNC and MSM, first towards Hillary (who I supported in the Primaries), and then towards Palin. The Republicans will use what they are given and the Democrats have given so much more and don’t think the Republicans havn’t taken notes.

    While the Democrats are shooting wildly in all directions at McCain and Palin, the Republicans are saving their best “God Damn America clips” and mini “William Ayers documentaries” along with what they may have for October. Whatever the Dems have left I guarantee it won’t come close.

    I am disgusted with both parties but have long lost my sympathy for the Democrats, the Republicans have about one or two more cycles to prove they can learn, but I will never put Barak in the White House while Democrats control the House and Senate, which by the way I believe is McCain’s best argument (divided government) for being elected if he dared use it.

  18. Samuel says:

    By the way Mary, good job and glad to see you posting on things political again.

  19. Jeha says:

    indeed, neither party can be fully trusted. However, on balance, the Dem’s domestic policy is better than the Republicans. Still, if they’re serious about pushing their agenda, they do not need the presidency, and a divided government would keep both parties’ extremes in check.

    Then again, unlike most Europeans, I am not a Roman citizendon’t presume vote in your election.

  20. mary says:

    Still wondering how he got that contact list…

    Because it was posted on 4chan.

    Was it? I’ve avoided looking at the 4chan site. After reading the NYTimes article on Trolls, I’ve been wary of wandering into their lair. I did know a few people who might call themselves ‘hackers’, but that was back in the ’80’s, when they used bearskins, knives, 1’s and 0’s. These punks who use sissy pre-packaged software and google to hack are really beneath contempt.

    DPU, do you know how to translate this? (from the hacker)

    In the past couple days news had come to light about palin using a yahoo mail account, it was in news stories and such, a thread was started full of newfags trying to do something that would not get this off the ground, for the next 2 hours the acct was locked from password recovery presumably from all this bullshit spamming.

    What was the ‘thread full of newsfags’ up to?

  21. mary says:

    Still, if they’re serious about pushing their agenda, they do not need the presidency, and a divided government would keep both parties’ extremes in check.

    Mc Cain and Palin are both fairly courageous (for politicians). I don’t agree with most of their ideas about ‘family values’ and the economy, but in an emergency, you can count on them not to lose their heads. The Democrats usually panic, and that’s why I’m wary of voting for them.

    Having McCain as President with a Democrat-led congress would probably work best

  22. mary says:

    By the way Mary, good job and glad to see you posting on things political again.

    Thanks, Samuel, but I probably won’t be posting about politics very often. Before 9/11, I leaned towards the dems, but I was mostly apolitical. After 9/11, I got interested in politics because it seemed like the best way to work towards bringing the perpetrators of 9/11 to justice.

    I realize now that neither party has any interest in doing that. The Saudis, Emirates princes, Pakistanis and Muslim Brotherhood types who were responsible for the attacks haven’t even gotten a slap on the wrist since 9/11. So, I’m back to being apolitical, taking flying lessons, spending more time on work.

  23. mary says:

    By the way Mary, good job and glad to see you posting on things political again.

    Thanks, Samuel, but I probably won’t be posting about politics very often. Before 9/11, I leaned towards the dems, but I was mostly apolitical. After 9/11, I got interested in politics because it seemed like the best way to work towards bringing the perpetrators of 9/11 to justice.

    I realize now that neither party has any interest in doing that. The Saudis, Emirates princes, Pakistanis and Muslim Brotherhood types who were responsible for the attacks haven’t even gotten a slap on the wrist since 9/11. So, I’m back to being apolitical, taking flying lessons, spending more time on work.

  24. What was the ‘thread full of newsfags’ up to?

    Not “newsfags”, “newfags”. And I have no idea what he’s talking about.

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