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Who is Melissa Clouthier?

January 19, 2011

Good question! I’m glad I asked.

On November 28, 2010, Clouthier is a right-wing pundit opportunistically celebrating Cablegate for embarrassing Barack Obama and confirming the right’s worst fears about Iran. She even approvingly quotes Der Spiegel‘s defense of the leaks, and links to the “good coverage”  provided by Wikileaks own media partner The Guardian.

On December 5th, 2010, Clouthier is suddenly an anti-Wikileaks pundit who proclaims that Julian Assange “should be hung by his thumbs.”

On December 6th, 2010 (the next day), Clouthier is the proud owner of a new web domain named julianassangemustdie.com. A screenshot of the complete Whois record is linked to the image below.

On January 12th, 2011,  Clouthier is a thoughtful pundit opposing violent rhetoric while supporting free speech. Clouthier retweets the following: “No one can defend inciting to violence, but suppressing expression of one’s views is a different matter.”

On January 17th, 2011, Clouthier is a devotee of nonviolence and civil disobedience. She celebrates Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. linking to a speech in which he said: “The only weapon that we have in our hands is the weapon of protest.

On January 18th, as befits her new nonviolent persona, Melissa Clouthier is no longer the listed registrant for julianassangemustdie.com.

Can I buy it? No. GoDaddy sadly informs me that julianassangemustdie.com is not available, but helpfully recommends julianassangemustdie.info as its “BEST VALUE!” at $1.99 a year.

So, did Clouthier dump the domain, or has her registration been anonymized by request? Speaking of Anonymous, I note that Clouthier’s personal website has been offline since this afternoon. I wonder if Clouthier has any thoughts on this or on her chameleonic public persona. I’d love to ask her these questions directly but she currently has me blocked on Twitter.

For more on “Death Threat Domain Names” and GoDaddy, check out this illuminating blogpost and a curious response from the company here.


  • Blue Shoes

    I followed Ms. Clouthier’s Tweets for a while just after the tragic Tucson, AZ shootings. It was mostly mockery of the quote “#newtone” the Right had to adopt. During the Memorial Service, chameleon does not even begin to describe it. When Pres. Obama spoke about 9 year-old Christina Greene, Ms. Clouthier was reportedly moved to tears and mentioned her daughter at one point. Through Twitter I asked her how she would justify her “assangemustdie.com” to Christina Greene. She blocked me.

  • http://twitter.com/jaraparilla Gary Lord

    The great thing about being a wingnut is that your arguments don’t need to make any sense at all. Obviously, it’s not about logic or even common sense. Long live the Lizard Brain!

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