Ron Paul’s supporters say that he’s the only politician in the Presidential race who “isn’t lying to us.” But at least one of those supporters may have. On Tuesday, an industrious, computer-savvy Paul fan apparently took over the Twitter accounts of the bands No Doubt and Rise Against, as well as solo artist (and X Factor judge) Nicole Scherzinger.
The TM Daily Post wrote about (and fell for) the two No Doubt tweets, which said “Today We Officially Endorse Ron Paul 2012″ and “if you actually read what Ron Paul is saying, you will discover that for the first time in your life a politician is not lying to you.”
By Wednesday afternoon, the Southern California band had deleted those and put up a disclaimer. “Our Twitter account was hacked last night. No political endorsements at this time. Love, No Doubt.”
Rise Against’s endorsment tweet read “We endorse Ron Paul this 2012 too. We love you Ron!,” as Billlboard‘s Jillian Mapes notes.
The politically progressive Chicago punk band was more firm in their subsequent explanation, tweeting, “We were hacked. As you would all assume, We DO NOT support Ron Paul.” (In a 2008 video interview on YouTube, Rise Against’s Tim McIlrath said he liked Paul’s opposition to the Iraq War but that other things about him were “a little sketchy.”)
No Doubt, Rise Against, and Scherzinger (whose Twitter account featured a similar message to the second No Doubt tweet and was deleted without comment) are all signed to Interscope Records, a possible common thread for hacker access.
Liza Eckert at Death and Taxes says the stunt is not consistent with what Ron Paul’s campaign is supposed to stand for.
“If Paul’s supporters — who are notoriously enthusiastic — truly believe their personal freedom and responsibility rhetoric, this would completely fly in the face of that,” she wrote. “Nothing says “I don’t care about your personal freedom” quite like violating someone’s privacy by hacking into their social media and putting words into their mouths.
Commenters on Eckert’s story rightly pointed out that there was still no proof the hacker was an actual Ron Paul supporter. Being Ron Paul supporters, they also had a Hunstman-double-agent alternate scenario.
But perhaps “WilliamPitt,” a commenter at the Democratic Underground message board, summed up the whole thing best:
GOD DAMMIT… I was all set to support Ron Paul because Nicole Scherzinger, No Doubt and Rise Against were for him. Now that they’re not, I have to find another candidate.