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Right Wing Journalism Fail: Breitbart.com Interviews ‘Bono’

5:49 pm - 03/21/2012
This is just classic. Last night, the geniuses at Breitbart.com were trumpeting a HUGE EXCLUSIVE STORY, in which their ambush specialist Jason Mattera scored an EXCLUSIVE interview with U2 singer Bono.

Only problem with this BOMBSHELL: it wasn’t Bono. Apparently, Mattera encountered a guy with an Irish accent wearing sunglasses who looked sort of like Bono, and conducted an EXCLUSIVE BOMBSHELL INTERVIEW that blew up in his face: ‘DC’s Bad Boy Reporter’ Ambushes Bono Impersonator by Accident.

(Update: actually, this Bono impersonator doesn’t even have an Irish accent.)

When the mini-Breits realized that they had been bamboozled, they just 404ed the page, with no retraction or statement of any kind, and marked the video “private” at YouTube to hide the evidence of their hilarious screw-up.

But of course, the Internet never forgets, and now the heirs of Andrew are stuck in a moment they can’t get out of. Here’s a transcript of this BOMBSHELL EXCLUSIVE:

Mattera: By dodging taxes on royalties are you raiding the poverty programs you purport to champion?

Bono: No.

Mattera: No? Don’t you want governments to be generous with other people’s money and not yours?

Bono: I don’t have control over that…

Mattera: How do you not have control over that? It’s your company. Are you not in charge of your own company?

Bono: It’s not my company.

Mattera: You have no say in what U2 does?

Bono: Not particularly.

Mattera: You don’t? You don’t have a say in what U2 does?

Bono: No.

Help — I’ve started laughing and can’t seem to stop. Looks like it’s not going to be A Beautiful Day for the Breitbrats.

What a bunch of idiots.

(And by the way, these right wing masterminds still have not fixed the millions of broken links at their sites.)


Correction: buried at Breitbart.com, we find an Editors’ Note by Joel Pollak that admits no mistake:

Last night, we removed an article about Bono at the request of the videographer who had provided the links to the videos upon which the article had been based.

These people are pathologically unable to admit any errors, even one as ridiculous as this.


The video is just priceless. A few questions in the impersonator DEFINITELY knows what's happening and is more than happy to let Mattera dig himself deeper with his indignant questions. The scary music in the background is icing on the cake.

13chapters 21st-Mar-2012 09:54 pm (UTC)
Mattera: You have no say in what U2 does?

Bono: Not particularly.

Mattera: You don’t? You don’t have a say in what U2 does?

Bono: No.

lastrega 22nd-Mar-2012 11:00 am (UTC)
It's funnier because it's kinda true.
very_veggie 21st-Mar-2012 10:03 pm (UTC)
Too bad there's no video--sounds hilarious!
chaya 21st-Mar-2012 10:08 pm (UTC)
There is, but it's not working... go to the source
jesskat 21st-Mar-2012 10:15 pm (UTC)
Quick, before it gets taken down again!

YouTube video
doverz 22nd-Mar-2012 12:06 am (UTC)
OMG, hilarious!!!
alryssa 22nd-Mar-2012 12:37 am (UTC)
suzycat 21st-Mar-2012 10:15 pm (UTC)
He barely even resembles Bono!
schmanda 21st-Mar-2012 10:22 pm (UTC)

Fake Bono for all the awards.
chaya that gif:21st-Mar-2012 11:29 pm (UTC)
latin_lunatic 21st-Mar-2012 10:22 pm (UTC)

Somebody's getting fired...
crossfire 21st-Mar-2012 10:28 pm (UTC)
I love how he totally never actually says he's Bono and just lets Mattera assume he is. "You don't have control over what U2 does?" Um, no, he doesn't you dumbshit.

Priceless. Absolutely priceless. Clearly the reason why right-wingers are so angry about "gotcha journalism" is because they are so fucking bad at it.

Edited at 2012-03-21 10:34 pm (UTC)
jesskat 22nd-Mar-2012 08:06 am (UTC)
It's also clear the guy at first thinks the reporter is joking as he laughs when he's asked for an autograph, then realizes "OMG this joker is actually serious" and just goes with it.
astridmyrna 21st-Mar-2012 10:28 pm (UTC)
layweed 21st-Mar-2012 10:30 pm (UTC)
It's like that one time on ONTD someone posted a "Guess Who?" and it turned out to be THE WRONG PERSON ENTIRELY AND NOT EVEN REMOTELY SIMILAR.

I just wish I could remember who that post was talking about.
ohmiya_sg 21st-Mar-2012 10:34 pm (UTC)
Rhianna, right? XD
365reasonswhy 22nd-Mar-2012 12:00 am (UTC)
There was also one about Alex Pettyfer that was hilarious.
tabaqui 21st-Mar-2012 11:22 pm (UTC)
Ooooh, man. What utter goobers.
hiddenfantasy 21st-Mar-2012 11:30 pm (UTC)

Burn on you, dumbass. BURN! (I really need a Kelso icon XD)
astridmyrna 22nd-Mar-2012 12:03 am (UTC)

Fucking loved that shows. Though I wished that...
[Spoiler (click to open)]Hyde and Jackie would patch things up.
fightingwords 21st-Mar-2012 11:48 pm (UTC)
You guys, the site is only following in the footsteps of the legacy that Breitbart left. You're being so mean.
ecrivais 21st-Mar-2012 11:49 pm (UTC)
Oh my god so much second hand embarrassment.
365reasonswhy 22nd-Mar-2012 12:00 am (UTC)
lol at them trying to hide that video
nesmith 22nd-Mar-2012 12:08 am (UTC)
So, in the wake of Breitbart's tragic passing they're turning the site into pure self-mocking satire, right?
jesidres 22nd-Mar-2012 04:51 am (UTC)
...hasn't it always been that way?
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