John Huppenthal Most Likely Did Not Post on White Nationalist Site Stormfront.org

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I'm supposed to be off this week, using vacation time I don't normally use. But to quote Al Pacino in The Godfather, Part III, "Just when I thought I was out, they pull me back in."

See, I happened to spot an item on Tucson Weekly's website by writer David Safier titled, "Is There A Huppenthal/Stormfront Connection?"

I have some information relevant to that question, which is why I feel the need to break radio silence.

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Uriel Garcia
Huppenthal, a poster to Stormfront? Probably not.

For the uninitiated, Stormfront.org is a white nationalist message board, owned by former Ku Klux Klan leader Don Black.

See also:
John Huppenthal's Top Ten (Alleged) Comments as a Sock Puppet (w/Update)

Schools Superintendent John Huppenthal, as nearly everyone knows, recently admitted to posting comments to various blogs under such sock puppets as "Thucydides" and "Falcon9."

Former Congressional candidate Bob Lord was the first to out Huppenthal as a serial sock-puppet-user on the influential, lefty site Blog for Arizona. All credit is due Lord and his compatriots.

The local media simply has been following the Lord. Me included.

The superintendent even broke down in tears during a press conference on the subject, and there have been calls from all sides for his resignation. Huppenthal, who is running for re-election, refuses to do so.

On Stormfront, there are several posts under the handle "Thucydides" from February of this year.

Safier concludes that Huppenthal probably visited the site, at the very least.



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14 comments
MrHappyoftheWest
MrHappyoftheWest

Sssooo the point of this story...is that there is no story. Cool beans, dude! ("We're journalists, we're just following up on leads." OK, but a --lead-- isn't a --story--. "But we need content to fill pages to please our advertisers." Ugh.)

fishingblues
fishingblues topcommenter

Dang, let's report on things that 'most likely did not' happen, right Stephen?    

TommyCollins
TommyCollins topcommenter

I just don't give a guy who is a publicly elected official much credit when he hides behind a nickname to post his apparently true thoughts and feelings, regardless of the venue. 


Now that we know the true feelings of Mr. Hup we can do the right thing and vote him out of office. 

MaskedMagician1967
MaskedMagician1967 topcommenter

John huppenitwit is yet another odious cretin who so richly deserves to get his ass handed to him.

TommyCollins
TommyCollins topcommenter

But, if he did, does he have the intestinal fortitude to own it? Not likely.

Tomas
Tomas

Hmmm.... Yes, it's a common user name. Most popular forums probably have at least one user who picks it. Still, it DOES make sense for the owner of a white rights forum to protect the privacy of its users, and yes, that even includes misleading journalists who ask questions about personal information of the users. As for Google alerts, I doubt Stormfront allows Google to scrape its website for things like Google alerts, much like I can't Google Facebook status updates unless they are explicitly made public.

Conclusion? Not enough evidence pointing either way. He could have authored those posts. But maybe he didn't. 


marcy
marcy

@Tomas

Clearly Stormfront is indexed by search engines, a simple search reveals that fact.


That you can't Google non-public Facebook status updates is because those are accessible to anyone, including search engines, who isn't logged into Facebook with the proper permissions to view those updates.


Stormfront forums can be read by anyone without needing to log in.



MaskedMagician1967
MaskedMagician1967 topcommenter

Lol and why is that Robert?

The man has publicly embarrassed himself, the ADE, and the State of Arizona.

TheyCallMeMrTibbs
TheyCallMeMrTibbs

@marcy @Tomas  "Stormfront forums can be read by anyone without needing to log in."  True but doesnt mean google alerts will deliver everything on that site. Depends on several factors including how reference is made. In 2013, there was a major prob w/Google alerts accuracy.  Several articles written about it in tech blogs. Google seems to have addressed it since then. sorry 2 geek out.


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