Via Mediaite: A baseless rumor insinuating that Fox News pundit Glenn Beck may be guilty of rape and murder is spreading rapidly online thanks to a loose-knit gang of Internet pranksters whose stated mission is to skewer the bombastic talk show host using his own methods.
Their exploits are chronicled on a two-day-old website with a URL that says it all: GlennBeckRapedAndMurderedAYoungGirlIn1990.com.
"This site exists to try and help examine the vicious rumour that Glenn Beck raped and murdered a young girl in 1990," reads a blurb at the top of the home page. "Why won't Glenn Beck deny these allegations?"
Don't miss the fine print at the bottom:
"Notice: This site is parody/satire. We assume Glenn Beck did not rape and murder a young girl in 1990, although we haven't yet seen proof that he didn't. But we think Glenn Beck definitely uses tactics like this to spread lies and misinformation."
Regardless whether or not Mr. Beck himself is actually guilty of using all these tactics (feel free to argue about that amongst yourselves), the website serves as a veritable textbook on how to construct Internet smear campaigns, from uploading spurious documents, to posting video propaganda on YouTube, to spamming Yahoo Answers with leading questions, to ranting disingenuously on Craigslist.
Read more about it:
• GlennBeckRapedAndMurderedAYoungGirlIn1990.com (site no longer exists)
• Digg: Glenn Beck Raped and Murdered a Girl in 1990
• YouTube: Glenn Beck: Did He Murder & Rape a Young Girl in 1990?
• Anti-Beck Backlash Hits Nauseating Extreme with 'Murder and Rape' Meme