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Pranksters Paper the NRCC's Latest New Media Drive

BY Nick Judd | Friday, June 8 2012

The National Republican Congressional Committee's latest gambit for media attention involved a live feed of a printer as it churned out paper with the names of people who signed an online petition to repeal the Affordable Care Act.

Looks like it may have worked too well. Over at Threat Level, David Kravets writes that pranksters started submitting bogus names ranging from "hello twitter" and "HelpI'mStuckInthisPrinter" to names less printable in family-friendly quarters of the Internet.

"Then, just after 6:30 p.m. EDT, the printer stopped and the time frame froze. At press time it hasn't come back," Kravets wrote last night. It's still down at present.