You know, every time I think that I should explain to you people about how to stay private and anonymous on the Internet, I find myself wandering into a signals intelligence rabbit hole that would make normal people have a paranoid episode and decide that, really, no one should use the Internet.
I don’t want to make people think that, so I am not sure where to begin.
Then, I see people causing major material damage by not following basic protocols that I thought did not need to be explained to any serious person.
So, let’s start with that.
Rule 1: Don’t give away your own identity.
This one is pretty easy to follow, and there are no advantages to not following it.
If people would just follow this rule, it would actually solve the problem for most people who have this problem.
The top writer for Fox News host Tucker Carlson has for years been using a pseudonym to post bigoted remarks on an online forum that is a hotbed for racist, sexist, and other offensive content, CNN Business learned this week.
Just this week, the writer, Blake Neff, responded to a thread started by another user in 2018 with the subject line, “Would u let a JET BLACK congo n****er do lasik eye surgery on u for 50% off?” Neff wrote, “I wouldn’t get LASIK from an Asian for free, so no.” (The subject line was not censored on the forum.) On June 5, Neff wrote, “Black doods staying inside playing Call of Duty is probably one of the biggest factors keeping crime down.” On June 24, Neff commented, “Honestly given how tired black people always claim to be, maybe the real crisis is their lack of sleep.” On June 26, Neff wrote that the only people who care about changing the name of the NFL’s Washington Redskins are “white libs and their university-‘educated’ pets.”
All fair statements so far. I have no problem with Asian doctors, but I would not get LASIK for free because I could just get PRK or LASEK instead, and not permanently damage my cornea.
Neff worked at Fox News for nearly four years and was Carlson’s top writer. Previously, he was a reporter at The Daily Caller, a conservative news outlet that Carlson co-founded. In a recent article in the Dartmouth Alumni Magazine, Neff said, “Anything [Carlson is] reading off the teleprompter, the first draft was written by me.” He also acknowledged the show’s influence, telling the magazine, “We’re very aware that we do have that power to sway the conversation, so we try to use it responsibly.”
While working at Fox News, and while a reporter at The Daily Caller, Neff was a frequent poster on AutoAdmit. Also known as XOXOhth, it is a relatively unmoderated message board like 4chan aimed at lawyers and law school students in which racism and sexism run rampant. The board’s vulgar content was previously the subject of much criticism, and two Yale students sued anonymous posters on the site in 2007 alleging they had defamed them and made threatening remarks. The Hartford Courant reported in 2009 that the lawsuit was quietly settled after some of the posters were identified.
Neff, who posts on the board under the username CharlesXII, is widely revered on the forum, with many posters knowing the person behind the account works on Carlson’s show. He has spent years posting about history, offering his political opinions, and detailing aspects of his personal life.
You’re either anonymous, or you aren’t.
You can only pick one.
After learning of Neff’s posts on the board through an email from an anonymous tipster, CNN Business was able to positively identify CharlesXII as Neff by reviewing messages he has posted throughout the years on the forum and matching them up with publicly available information about him.
Among the details which make clear that CharlesXII and Neff are the same person: CharlesXII indicated on the board that he had gone to Dartmouth; Neff is an alumnus. CharlesXII said he had been working for nearly four years in his current journalism job in Washington DC; Neff has been working for Carlson at Fox in Washington since February 2017, according to his LinkedIn profile, which appears to have been removed after his resignation from Fox News. CharlesXII said on the board that he got his start in journalism after he turned down law school and instead took a fellowship; Neff told the Dartmouth Alumni Magazine that he took a fellowship with the Collegiate Network.
Rule 2: Don’t give away variables about your identity.
If you want to be anonymous, you want to not write any information that narrows you down in any way.
I learned this when I was six years old, from a Milton Bradley game, Guess Who, rated for people ages six and up.
If you are trying to post stuff anonymously online, but do not understand how processes of elimination work, I need you to put down your keyboard right now and go buy that game.
CharlesXII also wrote a parody version of the song “We Didn’t Start The Fire” and posted about it on the board, including a screen shot of an email he received from Carlson praising a lyric in the song. Neff sang the parody song at a Daily Caller Christmas party a few years ago, according to a person familiar with the event.
Even more clearly identifying, however, were photos that CharlesXII posted to the forum in 2018 to the forum after visiting a museum in Egypt. In three of the photos, a reflection of Neff is visible snapping the pictures in the artifacts’ glass enclosures.
I think I learned about that problem from the plot of a crime mystery novel.
Though really, I think I learned the concept from looking at mirrors as a baby.
That is when I learned about reflections.
In 2015, Neff started a thread on AutoAdmit mocking a woman, with whom he was friends on Facebook and whom he described as an “Azn megashrew,” sharing posts she had written about her dating life. He has continued to post to the thread and mock the woman, whom CNN Business is not identifying, as recently as late last month. In his first post in 2015 starting the years-long thread, he explained that “through circumstances” he couldn’t “quite recall,” he became Facebook friends with the woman and thought her posts about dating were amusing.
In March 2020, Neff started another lengthy thread mocking a separate woman with whom he was connected on social media. The woman had posted about freezing her eggs, and Neff apparently found that worth deriding in the AutoAdmit forum. He began posting about her in March of this year, in a thread he titled “Disaster: WuFlu outbreak endangers aging shrew’s quest to freeze eggs.” Neff posted to the thread, which racked up dozens of comments as users ridicule the woman, as recently as June 28.
On the forum, Neff has also expressed bigoted views. In 2014, he joked about “foodie faggots.” And in the same year, he started a thread titled, “Urban business idea: He Didn’t Do Muffin!” He joked one item could be, “Sandra Bland’s Sugar-free Shortbreads!” In August 2019, a user started a thread titled, “We should just buy Canada and kick the Canadians out.” Neff commented, “Okay but what do we do with the millions of Chinese people.”
More recently, in February 2020, Neff called Mormonism “an inherently cucky religion.” On June 5, a user on the forum commented in a thread, “Didn’t Michael Brown rob a store and attack a police officer? And wasn’t [George Floyd] a piece of shit with a long criminal record? Jfc libs.” Another person commented, “It doesn’t matter to these people.” Neff then replied, “It does. The violent criminals are even MORE heroic.” On June 16, a user started a separate thread about a video showing a Black man assaulting an elderly white woman in New York. Neff commented on the thread, “And to think, if this guy got killed in some freak incident while being arrested, we’d have to endure at least three funerals in his honor.”
On May 27, Neff wrote that Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Ilhan Omar, Ayanna Pressley, and Rashida Tlaib — known collectively as “The Squad” — want to “MAKE YOUR COUNTRY A DUMPING GROUND FOR PEOPLE FROM THIRD WORLD SHITHOLES.” Responding to a thread on June 27 about whether “whites fear what’s going to happen to them in 10-20 yrs,” Neff wrote that he has “no plans to stay” in the country “that long.” In December 2019, he said that “once Democrats have the majorities to go full F**K WHITEY, things are going to get really wacky really quickly.” He argued at the time that there is a “large minority of whites who are fully supportive of a F**k Whitey agenda” and that “there’s a suicidal impulse to Western peoples that honestly feels almost biological in origin.”
I can’t even write at this point that it is nice to see that he clearly knew just how bad things are, and how bad they are going to get.
We could already tell he knew that, just from what Tucker says.
In February 2018, a user on AutoAdmit posted, “At some point in the future, all ur xo posts (w/IRL name) will be public record.” One person commented, “I stand by every poast.” Neff upvoted that comment.
Well, you aren’t standing by it now – are you, Neff?
I don’t even want to make the obvious points here – that everything he wrote is true and reasonable, or funny, or both, and that CNN is a Fake News organization, and the enemy of the American people, which investigates people for ideological impurity in ways that would make Soviet secret police blush.
None of that is new information.
I want to ask why such a high level operative for our collective survival agenda wasn’t taking his position seriously.
I guarantee you, when they sent their people to infiltrate our organizations, they understood the stakes and played it cool.
It is a shame that we do not have mandatory military service like in South Korea, because that is the mindset that people need to take. It’s fine if your first steps to ethnic self-awareness happened in comedy trolling environments, but by the time you are in a high level position in an influential institution, you need to have gone back and deleted those posts before CNN found them.
If you want to blow off steam and be politically incorrect, the healthiest way to do this is with real life friends. Otherwise, do it anonymously, and make sure you’re anonymous.
Neff – you did great work. The most important work of anyone, in fact.
You just did not take your work seriously enough. This lax attitude harmed Tucker Carlson, and our collective survival agenda.