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Cassandra Fairbanks fights back against the slur heard round the world

Cassandra Fairbanks, the slur heard round the world and the complicity of crimes of omission

There’s a dearth of info on the recent (possibly historical) civil suit announced only days ago regarding activist-journalist Cassandra Trump who was accused of sending coded white power symbols. And from the White House press room, no less! Surely a scandalous and sensational enough story that the tweet from former NYT writer and current senior reporter at Fusion was almost instantly spun into an article at the Independent UK.

The Independent is a bastion of respected international journalism, somehow despite such recent clickbaity headline stretches as the April 29th article alleging that Donald Trump may be in the Illuminati as evidenced by his use of the “OK” hand symbol. In fact, that was the same day that Emma Roller tweeted a picture of Mike Cernovich and Cassandra Fairbanks flashing the “OK” hand gesture with the caption “Just two people making a white power hand gesture in the White House.”

The suit, which was picked up pro bono by Barnes Law, is sure to fail unless they can prove Emma Roller acted with malice and “knowingly and recklessly” persisted in her slanderous dissemination of disinformation. Considering the fact that the very next day, the ADL published an article entitled (as if it could be any clearer), “No, the ‘OK’ gesture is not a hate symbol.” This article was made known to Emma but she still refused to delete her tweet “until the eve of the suit” as the complaint asserts.

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“I was trolled!” The laughable defense

Emma Roller’s laughable defense that she was “trolled” into becoming the source of slander that led to libel (the slur heard round the world) in the Independent UK and Israel’s Ha’aretz, two widely recognized and respected international media sources is only the latest successful media hoax by the trolls at 4chan.

The history of media hacking by the collective (composed, legend tells, of neck-bearded hackers & other assorted basement-dwelling antisocial miscreants)  reveals a stunning exponential increase in the sophistication in means, as well as speed and scope of exposure mustered in each advancing media hack/hoax . In a sense, the supposed “Anonymous” may be growing to rival Wisner’s Wurlitzer in it’s heyday. Frank Wisner was a former CIA operative involved in amassing the international rolodex of media contacts, influence makers, artists and front organizations to coordinate all these contacts. The volume “A MIghty Wurlitzer: How the CIA played America,” by Hugh Wilford takes its title from a supposed “quip” by Frank Wisner, who described his rolodex and the ensuing “media organ” that resulted as a “mighty Wurlitzer” that was “capable of playing any propaganda tune he desired.”

Interestingly enough, mass media seems to always (intentionally or not) get 4chan completely wrong. Perhaps the perfect illustration being the initial coverage of /b/ by a Fox news affiliate back in 2006. During the Fox news coverage of the “hackers on steroids” the piece begins with the sad tale of a “former anon” as well as interview with a “current anon.” (If you ask me, most likely they’re in fact the same troll, but that’s purely conjecture).

 

“I believe they’re domestic terrorists,” a woman exclaims. Immediately cut to a scene of stock video of an exploding van. The video itself flashes for just under three seconds & most eyes would be drawn to the blast rather than the “demonstration” disclaimer in the upper left hand corner of the screen. From originating the digital update to the classic bait and switch, the rick-roll to convincing Oprah to spout a meme from Dragonball Z, 4chan has been for years slowly creeping into the mainstream.

4chan’s mass media hoaxes continued to grow culminating in Marblecake Day, the commemoration of the precision hack of Time’s 100 most influential people (moot, the 4chan admin was at the top of the list and the top below him spelled out “marblecake, also the game”). For Marblecake day (which spread out for a week or two at least) Youtube was invaded with a stream of pornography. The YT invasion, like many of 4chan’s exploits had to be brought to the attention of the media by anon themselves. 4chan’s hoaxes are generally personally embarrassing to the “hoaxed” themselves.

The NSA failing to advise hospitals of a patch that would have prevented their systems from being shut down when a vulnerability their back door allowed was exploited was kept quiet for the same reason, shame.

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Who even IS Anwar Ibrahim?

“I was trolled” is a laughable defense according to Richard Barnes, pro bono attorney for Cassandra Fairbanks. It’s a sure admission that due diligence, journalistic integrity and commitment to broadcasting the truth was lacking when Emma Roller fell for the 4chan “OK hoax.”

 

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Maybe they coulda checked KnowYourMeme next time?..

Doubtful though, CNN didn’t even know 4chan wasn’t a single person last time I checked…



Emma Roller didn’t even retract her statement or delete the tweet once the ADL none too subtly entitled article, “No, the “OK” gesture is not a hate symbol” was published May 1, just days after the April 28th tweet by Roller which resulted in the Independent UK article (shared over 40,000 times) of the 29th. Barnes and Fairbanks may pick up a suit against Independent as well. Cassandra, who is half Puerto Rican, had used the “OK” hand gesture regularly long before the February 27th initiation of Operation O-k-k-k.

Not only does the history of /b/’s meddling with media expose how little outsiders seem to understand the dense labyrinth of inside jokes, codes & culture of the infamous 4channers, but the breakdown of trust in traditional media that has only grown since the wish fulfillment analysis of Brexit and Trump’s victory revealed major deficits in traditional media forecasts. Will normies ever learn?

Interview with libeled journalist Cassandra Fairbanks’ attorney Robert Barnes

I interviewed Robert Barnes of Barnes Law Group June 7th about the upcoming libel suit against Fusion reporter Emma Roller in regards to her libeling Puerto Rican journalist by referring to her as a “white supremacist.” Emma’s tweet became the slur heard round the world when it was picked up by Independent in the UK and shared 40,000 times there as well as in Israel’s Ha’aretz. Most news sources are neglecting to mention the death threats and harassment and the story being publicized in major publications around the world to downplay it as a “frivolous” suit based on being offended by a tweet.

Check out the interview transcript here at Soundcloud. This will be incorporated in my coverage of the Cassandra Fairbanks case at the Inquisitr. Read the first article based on my interview with Cassandra.

https://soundcloud.com/user-700447471/robert-barnes-law-interview

Puerto Rican journalist Cassandra Fairbanks fights back against the slur heard round the world

Kek must have been smiling that day when Cassandra Fairbanks and Mike Cernovich were caught red handed, in fragrante delicto, as it were, showcasing (and from the White House press room no less) the latest covert white power hand signal… according to the trolls at 4chan anyway. And what exactly was the nefarious sign by which they subversively signaled their neo-nazi inclinations? The “ok” hand gesture. Mike Cernovich’s fortuitous appearance with Cassie might seem merely coincidental to the uninitiated in the ways of Meme Magic, but for the Egyptian god of random Chaos (often portrayed in his 21st century avatar of Pepe the Frog) nothing is merely coincidental.

 
Continue reading at The Inquisitr and check out the interview I did with her June 3, Cassandra’s first since the suit dropped, here.