Paul Krugman of The New York Times might be experiencing the dark side of the Internet. Some person reportedly hacked his IP address and is now downloading child pornography. Hey, he tweeted about it. Oh, and his address has been used to sign up for live sex cams. The publication, his employer, is now involved. And he tweeted about it. We’re not going into the activities he says occurred through his IP address, I’m sure they’re not true. Krugman is a Nobel laureate in economics. He’s a liberal. He’s wrong. I can’t stand most of what he says, but that’s America; there are going to be a lot of liberals who just hold garbage political views. I know there have been shocking cases where you’d never thought someone would be accused of ‘heinous crime x’ and it happens, but I don’t think this is the case. Krugman deleted some of the more salacious live tweets about this matter, but the Internet is forever. Our friends at Twitchy also touched upon this.
The atavistic, tribalist instinct here might be to use this as an opportunity to make mean-spirited jokes, but this is actually a genuinely horrifying situation and I wouldn't wish this upon anyone. https://t.co/ZWcWaR909R— Esoteric Jeff (@EsotericCD) January 8, 2020
Is... Krugman livetweeting himself being phished? https://t.co/psZWAUZBnz— Alex Griswold (@HashtagGriswold) January 8, 2020
I have questions. pic.twitter.com/ke3TKg7kTX— JERRY DUNLEAVY (@JerryDunleavy) January 9, 2020
The Times is now on the case.— Paul Krugman (@paulkrugman) January 8, 2020
Deleted original tweet. Times thinks it may have been a scam. Anyway, will have more security in future— Paul Krugman (@paulkrugman) January 9, 2020
Politics aside, I do agree what some—like National Review’s Jeff Blehar (aka ‘Esoteric Jeff’)— have said in this being a terrible and frightening situation. Blehar also noted that this situation is different from former Vanity Fair editor Kurt Eichenwald live-tweeting about him and his family discussed tentacle porn. Yeah, apparently Eichenwald’s wife didn’t think it existed, and he decided to let the world know that this was the topic of discussion with his family. That’s weird and awkward. And to tweet about it; are you nuts? Krugman wasn’t looking for this to happen. At the same time, I do think that maybe he shouldn’t have announced this to the world and let his employer handle it. That’s just me.
Flashback: Again, what the hell, Kurt?
Sigh. Ok, I'm a dumbass. Believe it or not, my kids & I were trying to convince my wife that "tentacle porn" existed. I tried to find...(1)— Kurt Eichenwald (@kurteichenwald) June 8, 2017
While hentai (until now, I thought it was called manga) was on screen as part of search to prove 2 my wife tentacle porn exists, what....(1)— Kurt Eichenwald (@kurteichenwald) June 8, 2017
...some to show her it was real. But I couldn't find any - & ended up w/ this. My family reads my twitter feed, so they know this is true.— Kurt Eichenwald (@kurteichenwald) June 8, 2017