The George Soros-funded activist group Moveon.org has admitted it was behind a hoax Youtube video in which it appeared the ticker outside News Corporation’s Manhattan headquarters had been hacked and reprogrammed with an anti-Fox News script calling for revolution.
MoveOn.org admitted it set up fake identities for the alleged hackers and even released a misleading video in which a man, with his face disguised, purported to confess he was behind the Fox News hacking.
The entire scheme, it turns out, was meant to promote the June 23 launch of what MoveOn labels “the largest economic campaign we have ever run.”
The campaign, titled “Rebuild the Dream,” is co-sponsored by Van Jones, President Obama’s former “green jobs” adviser. Jones resigned in September 2009 after it was exposed he founded a communist revolutionary organization and implied the Bush administration was complicit in the 9/11 attacks.
The YouTube video, titled “Fox News Got Hacked. Real,” has garnered more than 310,000 views since it was posted last month. It shows several people emerging from a subway outside the Manhattan headquarters of News Corp., the parent of the Fox News Channel.
The video focuses on the changing Fox News ticker, which is apparently reprogrammed to read: “We are being lied to. Right wingers are destroying the middle class and trying to kill our unions. The country is not broke.”
Continues the supposedly hacked ticker: “We are the richest country in the world. USA is twice as rich as China. Our economy is bigger than most of Europe combined. We are not broke. We are being lied to. We will rise up We will fight back. We will spread the truth.”
The video was posted by a YouTube user named “hiropro999,” which has now been exposed as MoveOn.org.
In an interview with the Huffington Post, leaders of MoveOn not only admitted their group was behind the video but revealed the organization crafted the video in less than two months, consulted actual hackers and made an elaborate identity for hiropro999. MoveOn set up online accounts, an email address and even a fake “explainer” video in which an unidentified man takes credit for being the “hacker.”
The organization reportedly swore everyone involved to secrecy and declined media requests addressed to hiropro999.
“I was alternatively thrilled and worried,” one MoveOn staffer involved in the project told the Huffington Post. “The bottom line is, we are in an ever-changing frontier in terms of how people communicate online. You have to take risks within reason in order to have an impact.”
The bottom of the YouTube video promoted a website June23.org, which now forwards to MoveOn’s new site for its “Rebuild the Dream” project with Jones.
That site also admits Moveon was behind the Fox News hoax.
“MoveOn Civic Action released a faux Fox News hack video to send the message: We are being lied to. The American people have the right to know that the country is not broke and we shouldn’t be cutting vital services families depend on,” states the site.
The site says that on June 23, “Van Jones will be joined by The Roots, artist/DJ Shepard Fairey, and other celebrity guests in New York City to kick off the movement to rebuild the American Dream.”