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Ron Paul Sues To Unmask Online User

One of the key points behind Ron Paul's success in this Presidential campaign (as well as in 2008) was his reputation for actually “getting the internet” and making good use of it to promote his message and motivate and activate his supporters. But it appears that perhaps he doesn't quite get the internet that well. That's all I can think after reading the details of a dreadfully short-sighted lawsuit that he filed to try to unmask some anonymous internet users. Basically, some random internet users created a pretty dumb, racist and offensive anti-John Huntsman attack video, essentially questioning his “values” because he speaks Chinese. However, it was posted by a user under the name NHLiberty4Paul. And, at the end it briefly says “Vote Ron Paul”/Mike Masnick, TechDirt. More here. (In this AP file photo of Jan. 7 New Hampshire debate,  Jon Huntsman answers a questions as Rep. Ron Paul listen)

Question: Are you more/less likely to support Ron Paul as the result of his lawsuit to unmask an anonymous Internet user?

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D.F. Oliveria is a columnist and blogger for The Spokesman-Review. Print Huckleberries is a past winner of the Herb Caen Memorial Column contest by the National Association of Newspaper Columnists. The Readership Institute of Northwestern University cited this blog as a good example of online community journalism.

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