Skip to comments.Washington Post blogger duped by fake Twitter congressman, and: Blame Bush!
Posted on 09/09/2010 3:38:34 PM PDT by Tolerance Sucks Rocks
On a scale of forgetting your pencil at home to forgetting your 50th wedding anniversary, this ranks somewhere around forgetting your lunchbox.
But its still funny.
Last week, a Washington Post columnist started a Twitter hoax. This week, a Washington Post columnist fell for one.
Jonathan Capehart, an editorial writer and columnist, took "@RepJackKimble (R-Calif.)" to task Monday for tweeting that "Bush fought 2 wars without costing taxpayers a dime." Capehart responded in a blog post that President Bush advocated for "two giant tax cuts that weren't paid for and two big wars that were largely kept off the main federal balance sheet." He added a chart from the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities to back up his argument.
Although Capehart stands by the budget deficit numbers, neither he nor anyone else can stand by the congressman. A "correction/clarification" appended to his post says: "The Twitterer RepJackKimble cited below is not a real member of Congress."
The episode serves as an oddly fitting footnote to last week's Twitter-themed controversy at the Post. The paper suspended its sports columnist Mike Wise for publishing fabricated information on Twitter -- after Wise explained that he'd cooked up a fake scoop about Pittsburgh Steeler quarterback Ben Roethlisberger's suspension from the team to prove a point about how journalists are quick to use information found Twitter as a source.
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Our favorite homosexual activist, hit-piece journ0list/blogger, next to that horrid Eugene Robinson.
Have you heard that Eugene Robinson is a homo? I have not heard that, but I hope its true.
No, just that Capehart. I can see where my post reads that way and I knew it did before I hit “post.” LOL.
Maryland “Freak State” PING!
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