Osama bin Laden Donates to Obama website a scam

A conservative activistOsama bin Laden is driving a lot of traffic to his column, “OBAMA ACCEPTS ‘OSAMA BIN LADEN’ DONATIONS” but there is just one problem — the author admits to using fraud to make those donations.

In politics it’s pretty much legal to say just about whatever you want. It is the responsibility of the person who is being accused of such things to disprove the claim. Folks like Klein hide behind the constitutional right of free speech but what Klein said goes a little beyond free speech — it appears to veer into electioneering and fraud. You see, Klein points out that the staff from their website, WND, made the two donations “using a Pakistani Internet Protocol and proxy server, a disposable credit card and a fake address”.

I’m not a legal scholar, but that sounds like intentional and willful fraud done with malicious intent and in this case, to cause harm to a political campaign and smear the name of President Barack Obama.

Klein, or the staff from his website, used the name “Osama bin Laden” to make two small donations. When websites generate large portions of their income from ads, they have motivation to make their columns as salacious or compelling as possible in order to drive up traffic. If traffic on a website is high, a small portion of those visiting the website will click on the ads. The more clicks they get, the more money they make. WND is filled with those types of ads.

Here’s an example of a PPC (pay per click) ad:

The more people who click on it, the more money that will go to support the website that published the column.

Now here at Watchdog Milwaukee, we make no claims that we are free of bias. Everyone has their bias. It is part of how we are hard-coded as human beings. But as a citizen journalist, I am at least honest in my columns. That is not something that all bloggers can say and it appears that Klein has taken such a great liberty



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