How Did D.C.'s Conservative Master of Ambush Journalism Get Snowed by a Bono Impersonator?

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March 21 2012 4:23 PM

How Did D.C.'s Conservative Master of Ambush Journalism Get Snowed by a Bono Impersonator?

It was even better than the real thing. Jason Mattera, the conservative video ambush artist -- he'd just made TMZ after irritating the hell out of Chris Rock -- saw that Bono would drop by a pre-Grammy celebration in Los Angeles. He had some questions about Bono's work with One, and the tax exile status of one of his interests. He pounced.

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You can probably see and hear the problem. This guy, average in height and non-Irish in accent, is not Bono. According to Erik Wemple, he's Pavel “Bonodouble” Sfera, whose nickname sort of tells the story.

"Oh boy, did I get punked," said Matter in an e-mai. "Hysterical. Hey, it was bound to happen, especially with all the interviews I do." He was about as good-humored with me as he was with Wemple. "I will ambush every impersonator until I get to the real Bono."

Mattera's taken the video off his public feed. The Blaze, Glenn Beck's website, has added a long correction to its story about the video. Breitbart.com simply deleted the story.

David Weigel is a Slate political reporter. 

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