4chan Founder’s Pic Ends Up On Rick Santorum Website: Prank or Coincidence?

25 years ago, “Where’s Waldo” asked sharp-eyed viewers to find the odd man out in a collective of normal people. Today, Redditors have found a new Waldo, and his name is “moot.”

Always written in lower-case, “moot” is the online handle of Christopher Poole, founder of  4chan, a famously anarchistic forum of aggressively anything-goes thought and actions. So how does “moot’s” photo end up on conservative Christian and former presidential hopeful Rick Santorum’s “Patriot Voices” website? “moot” assures that he is not the responsible party, so could Santorum really be a covert progressive?

There are so far no conclusive answers, but questions have been put out to website designer Brabender Cox, a political consulting/advertising firm with a long-time Republican association. If it’s a coincidence, it’s a hell of a coincidence; if it’s a prank, someone’s getting fired. If it’s a hack, it’s impressive. No matter what though, it’s hilarious.

 

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