BirthOrNot.com: Anatomy of an Internet Hoax

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Pete Arnold, AKA Zeeboid, is in the captain's chair when it comes to media requests.
​Yesterday, we told you that Pete Arnold, the father at the center of the BirthOrNot abortion poll, is actually Zeeboid, a right-wing internet troll.

Today, in an effort to make his trollish ways even clearer, we have put together a handy time line of exactly how Pete Arnold foisted this hoax upon the media.


Although Arnold is continuing to keep up the charade that this stunt is
sincere (see his latest blog post at the end of this entry), a
close look at the chronological order of his internet activity prior to the story makes clear
that this was a well-orchestrated hoax from the very beginning.

Perhaps the most telling part of the timeline is his foresight: He registered the GoDaddy URL and the YouTube channel on May 17, two months before the baby was conceived on July 23.

Timeline of BirthOrNot.com Internet Hoax
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    December 2009: Pete trolls Daily Kos's pro-choice page as "Zeeboid," writing, "The term "pro-choice" is used by men and women who support a woman's right to kill an unborn child.

    The term means that a woman has the right to determine whether or not she will be pregnant by killing a baby that has already been conceived.

    Also Refered to as Pro Abortion."

  • May 17: Registers www.birthornot.com URL with GoDaddy.com. Also creates the birthornot YouTube channel.
  • July 23: Baby conceived, according to claim that she's in her 17th week on 11/19/10.
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This comment thread on Gawker proves that BirthOrNot.com is an epic troll job by Pete Arnold, AKA Zeeboid

Since our post yesterday outing Pete as the internet troll Zeeboid, he has taken down the couple's personal YouTube channel. He also posted this new entry on birthornot about all the press attention he's getting:


Word of the day: Intense

There has been a lot of attention about this today, and I would like to spend a moment to address some of what I'm reading.

First of all, your comments are appreciated. Though there are indeed many hateful. For every ten comments that are negative or spiteful there is one that is positive enough to blow them out of the water. We have even had multiple people (accounting for approximately 6% of those who have sent us a message) who have offered to adopt if the vote result is Abort.

We have had multiple interviews today. The entire experience has been rather dizzying, and we are both surprised and impressed at how many have taken interest. Most of the interviewers have been very nice and professional, which is something I had not expected. Two radio talking heads we talked to were pretty clear in their attempts to steer the conversation, which we expected. I have been honestly surprised by how all of the local, national, and international media we have talked to so far has been shockingly "professional". One thing is cretin; I am very much looking forward to my return home from my trip to hold Alisha and have a nice long talk about what we have experienced thus far.
To date, over 319 different news outlets have written about BirthOrNot.com, according to Google News, including the LA Times, CBS, MSNBC, and CNN International.

UPDATE: John Kalal admits Pete Arnold is Zeeboid the Internet Troll

UPDATE 2: John Kalal's mugshot: Meet the wholesome spokesman for BirthOrNot.com

UPDATE 3: Alisha Arnold loses job after BirthOrNot hoax

UPDATE 4: Pete Arnold admits BirthOrNot was a hoax


The Birthornot Files:



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