Long before BuzzFeed published unverified files and anti-Trump claims that were refuted by Robert Mueller, founder and CEO Jonah Peretti created a fake website and an e-mail address in the name of prominent rights for advocates John Lott to disseminate disinformation.
Peretti, the former director of Brooklyn-based non-profit Eyebeam technology, used the name Lott in 2003 to make people think that Lott had changed his mind about an important piece of weapon law that protected arms manufacturers from offensive lawsuits to expel them.
In 2003 I was already relatively familiar to those who think the discussion about firearm control is important because of my book "More Guns, Less Crime." Peretti sent e-mails under my name to convince people that I had changed my mind and opposed the Trade. The e-mails then urged the people to ask their congressmen and senators to oppose the law. -John Lott via Fox News
Lott explains Peretti's deception in a Monday Op-Ed that you can read below.
John Lott Via Fox News
BuzzFeed, a popular "news website", is once again ashamed for publishing fake accusations against Donald Trump. BuzzFeed's anonymously reported report claimed that President Trump had ordered his former lawyer, Michael Cohen, to lie to Congress about a proposed business deal in Moscow. Reportedly, two federal law enforcement officials, not mentioned by name, claimed that the Special Counsel Robert Mueller's office had the goods. It was claimed that they had collected e-mails, texts and testimonies that showed the explosive claim.
The story dominated the news on Friday, with the Democrats arguing for a deposition from Trump. MSNBC & # 39; s "Morning Joe" opened with the announcement that this revelation was "a great one". CNN & # 39; s "New Day" host John Berman claimed that the revelation was so dramatic that he almost spilled his coffee.
But towards the end of Friday, the office of Special Counsel Robert Mueller made a very rare reprimand, stating that the BuzzFeed account was not right & # 39 ;. This was hardly BuzzFeed's first shame. Trump reminded people: "It was BuzzFeed who completely discredited & released" File, "paid by Crooked Hillary Clinton and the Democrats."
BuzzFeed's culture of fake news starts at the top with founder and CEO Jonah Peretti, who has a history of deliberately spreading false information. He has used fraudulent websites and e-mail accounts to pretend to be people he wants to slander. I was one of his victims.
The first victim of Peretti was MBA student Jeff Goldblatt, who had set up a dating service, the rejection hotline. This was inadvertently in competition with Peretti's newly created rejectionline.com. Peretti's sister and co-founder, Chelsea, contacted Goldblatt for information about his company. She & # 39; interviewed & # 39; him, under the false identity of the New York reporter Vanessa Holmes.
Then Jonah Peretti founded the website JeffGoldblatt.com, on the pretext that it was the personal website of Goldblatt. Peretti sent e-mails from me@JeffGoldblatt.com which, according to Goldblatt, "contained multiple lies about me and portrayed me as an arrogant jerk that bragged about how I stole the idea of the New York City Rejection Line."
Goldblatt contacted me after Peretti did the same to me in 2003. In my case, Peretti set up AskJohnLott.org and used the email address john@AskJohnLott.org. Peretti's expropriation of my name was not for financial gain, but to support arms control.
I pretended to be me, sent Peretti hundreds of thousands of emails that lobbied against the proposed "Law on protection of legal trade in weapons". This bill, which was discussed at the time (it was finally adopted in 2005), protected arms manufacturers against abuse lawsuits that were exclusively designed to put them out of business with overwhelming legal costs. Peretti even bought ads for his fake website on Google and the advertising that promoted "my" was at the beginning of all search results.
In 2003 I was already relatively familiar to those who think the discussion about firearm control is important because of my book "More Guns, Less Crime." Peretti sent e-mails under my name to convince people that I had changed my mind and opposed the Trade. The e-mails then urged the people to ask their congressmen and senators to oppose the law.
Some of the recipients were people I knew, and some of them wrote back using the email address John@AskJohnLott.org and wondered why I would have changed my mind. But Peretti went on with the mockery that I was myself in several e-mail chains.
I first heard about the website of James K. Glassman, a former columnist from the Washington Post, who later served as Deputy State Secretary for Public Diplomacy. He shared the e-mail exchange with me that he had with Peretti's fake John Lott.
Peretti also used my name and photo to advise people about violating arms control laws. Soon I got hundreds of angry phone calls from people who were upset that I advised them to break the law.
My e-mails to john@AskJohnLott.org with the question who was behind the effort, were ignored. The registration of the website did not help, because it was supposedly registered for me.
I spent money to find out who was behind these efforts. When I addressed Peretti, he denied any involvement. After I had accepted lawyers, Peretti finally added a disclaimer on the website stating that he intended to parody me. But he still refused to delete the website or stop sending e-mails.
Goldblatt did not have the money for a legal battle, so I recorded it in my case.
After a year and a half, we finally reach a legal arrangement. Peretti, who worked for a company called Eyebeam, publicly acknowledged: "The AskJohnLott.org site was created by The Eyebeam Atelier, Inc. This site is never linked, approved or otherwise affiliated with John R. Lott, Jr. E -mail sent from the AskJohnLott.org domain that was found to be from Lott, was never associated, approved or otherwise affiliated with John R. Lott, Jr. Eyebeam deeply regrets some confusion and offers a formal apology to John R. Lott, Jr. of the settlement are confidential. "
Peretti also apologized to Goldblatt and JeffGoldblatt.com came down. I have received a secret money bill.
People wonder again how BuzzFeed is so & # 39; fake & # 39; could publish news to Trump. They do not have to look any further than BuzzFeed & # 39; s CEO and founder Jonah Peretti.
John R. Lott, Jr. is a columnist for Good Non Profit. He is an economist and was formerly chief economist at the Sentencing Commission of the United States. Lott is also a leading expert in the field of weapons and op-eds on that subject and is carried out together with the Crime Prevention Research Center. He is the author of nine books, including More Guns, Less Crime & # 39 ;. His latest book is "The War on Guns: Arming Yourself Against Gun Control Lies (August 1, 2016). Follow him on Twitter @johnrlottjr.