This reaction to a simple domain name forward is all too common.
My headline is purposely inflammatory and isn’t fair. This post is more a commentary on the state of knee-jerk reactions and associations. More on that later.
If you type BernieSander.com (missing the last ‘s’) in your browser, it will forward to a donation page for Joe Biden.
Bernie Sanders supporters on Reddit flipped out about this, saying it is a sneaky tactic by the Biden campaign.
And Fox News picked up on it, only admitting at the end of its story that the Biden campaign might not actually own the domain.
In fact, it looks unlikely that the campaign owns it. Historical Whois records show that the domain was owned by someone in Houston for a long time. It actually forwarded to BernieSanders.com during at least some of that time. Then, someone in California acquired the domain before adding Whois privacy to the domain name.
But I suppose that doesn’t matter. In this knee-jerk world, Bernie supporters blamed Biden.
Now, back to that headline. I’ve noticed is that whenever someone that supports a political party or candidate does or says something stupid, their competitors often associate every one of their followers with this. So, saying Bernie Sanders supporters are stupid because of their reaction to this domain name forward is wrong. It’s just some of the supporters.
I see a lot of “liberals think this” or “conservatives think this”, often because one person who says they speak for liberals or conservatives says something. Just because one person who identifies as liberal or conservative (or Democrat or Republican) says or does something, doesn’t mean everyone in that camp agrees.
I wish people would just think for a second before jumping to snap judgments.
OK, that’s the end of my soapbox.
[Update: someone has been trying to sell the domain name on NamePros, adding further evidence that the Biden campaign doesn’t own the domain.]