FACT CHECK: Ed and Brian Krassenstein — Paid to Post, Ponzi Schemes & Fraud?

FACT CHECK: Ed and Brian Krassenstein — Paid to Post, Ponzi Schemes & Fraud?

I want to take time to dispel 3 myths about Ed Krassenstein and me that are being pushed by far-right groups, likely Russian bots & even some on the left. My followers deserve it. The 3 myths:

  1. We Ran Ponzi Schemes
  2. We were convicted of Fraud.
  3. We Are Paid to Tweet

Myth: We Ran Ponzi Schemes & We were convicted of Fraud.

There are graphics and memes posted saying that we ran Ponzi (or pyramid) schemes. This is a flat out lie. This rumor stems from the fact that one of our businesses was investigated because it sold banner ads to an organization which ran investment schemes. This organization marketed and disguised themselves as 17 different legitimate businesses and we believed they were. Not to mention a publisher is not responsible for vetting all ads, just like Google doesn’t vet all ads they sell.

In fact Google and Facebook sold ads to the very exact organization, and the amount spent with Google and Facebook was an order of magnitude higher than they spent for ads on our sites. Despite the investigation, we were never arrested, charged or convicted of a single crime.

We did turn over funds to the government that we received from this organization as part of a civil settlement. We could have fought it in court and won, citing CDA 230 of the communications decency act, but the cost (monetarily, emotionally, and time wise) would have been greater than simply settling. The full story about this emotional rollercoaster we went through 2 years ago can be found here. The Daily Beast wrote about this ordeal, but refused to post all the facts.  Additionally, the writer for the Daily Beast, who published this article, Lachlan Markay, has a history of disgusting behavior towards both my family and myself.

Although the government, in their initial complaint for forfeiture alleged that we committed wire fraud, after the investigation they realized that we didn’t have deeper ties to this criminal organization, like they believed, and thus never filed charges. The best evidence that we did not commit a crime is the fact that after a 2 year investigation concluded, the government didn’t charge us with one.

Myth: We Are Paid to Tweet

Of course we do not get paid to tweet. A video began circulating thanks to irresponsible reporting by Alex Jones’ InfoWars and the Far-right leaning Gateway Pundit, which showed me saying something like “We get paid by the higher ups to sow division and tweet at Trump”.

It turns out that the video was a clip of a parody video we had made for the intro to a podcast we had been working on. Despite the fact that I posted the actual, unedited video, clearly showing this was a joke, InfoWars and others have continued to push this false narrative. The full video can be found here.

We also chronicled how the spread of this edited video propagated through fake news outlets like InfoWars and The Gateway Pundit here.

In conclusion, there is no doubt that those against us will continue propagating these lies. It’s to be expected and frankly I’m not too concerned about it. What does concern me is that people who trust us to cover this Trump fiasco will fall for these lies without doing the proper research. That’s what these group want to happen. They want to discredit those who speak the truth, those who speak out and those who counter their narrative.

It’s not about the truth for them. It’s about pushing forward a corrupt agenda that only suits a small portion of our population. I hope that whenever someone sees these lies posted they will counter with a link to this thread. I am an open book. Everything I say here can be backed up with evidence, documents and my past posts.


Brian Krassenstein

John McCain is a Dying Hero — Trump Supporters Want him in Prison — By: Brian Krassenstein

John McCain is a Dying Hero — Trump Supporters Want him in Prison — By: Brian Krassenstein

I’m going to make this incredibly brief.  Today, as you know, the media picked up on the fact that long-time Republican Senator and war hero, John McCain, admitted that he was the one to turn over the Steele dossier to the director of the FBI at the time, James Comey.  To anyone with half a brain, regardless if you believe that the contents of the dossier are a “fake news hoax” or entirely accurate, when a U.S. Senator is handed a document alleging that a Presidential candidate is conspiring with a hostile foreign nation in order to undermine our democracy, there is ONLY one thing to do, turn it over to the freaking FBI!

While I personally have yet to see even one claim found within the Steele dossier discredited, even if every single claim was false, McCain’s actions show that he is a man of integrity and honor, and he will go down in history for just that.

Today, while reading the comments on a tweet from conservative media personality, Chuck Woolery I literally felt like I was going to vomit, thinking about Senator McCain and his family at this incredibly difficult time in their lives. I want to put these comments front and center along with the names of these disgusting individuals (at least their comments are disgusting in my opinion) so that when Trump goes down, and McCain gets the honor he deserves, perhaps after his death, these idiots are immortalized online for eternity:

Curt Kemper said: “It is treason and he should be charged for it. Unfortunately the agency that would do it is busy chasing their tails with the fake dossier.”

Beverly Meares said: “What a pathetic petty jealous hate filled old man!”

Gary A Wagner said: “TREASONOUS”

Cindy said: “He needs to be held accountable for this mess….oh wait I think God is taking care of that soon!”

Tom McComb said: “His hatred of the President is greater than his respect for America. RESIGN.”

Chris G said: “What a horrible person McCain has become. I feel for his family. He is humiliating them and has tarnished the name for future generations. My vote for him is one that I will always regret.”

Yes America, this is what’s wrong with us. Many of the people supporting our president are wretched human beings.

The Blog of Brian Krassenstein

I’ve decided to launch this site so that I can express some of my thoughts, ideas and grievances in a longer format than I usually do on Twitter.  While I will of course continue to tweet, if I ever get the urge to express myself in more than the 280-character limit that Twitter affords us, this is where I will do it.

For those of you who know me, welcome to my blog.  For those of you who don’t, my name is Brian Krassenstein and I have an opinion!

Recently I’ve been a bit political, some would say.  Donald Trump actually did this to me.  Personally I’m amazed that this man was able to ascend to the Presidency, while to me, it seems obvious he’s a crook.  It’s one thing if you were tricked into voting for him, but another if you still support him.

Over the days, weeks and months ahead I will give my thoughts on a variety of topics, both political in nature and not.  It’s not up to you to agree with me.  All I ask is for you to listen!