A Jim West twitter. At least not this particular one. So if you ever see or hear of such pretending to be me know now and know forever, it’s rubbish and falsehood. Else what happened to the sad and sorry reporter from the Washington Post may be your fate as well:
Washington Post writer Jonathan Capehart fell for a fake congressional Twitter account Monday night, writing a story based on the hoax @RepJackKimble account (via New York Observer). “Rep. Jack Kimble” is a fake Republican congressman from California’s nonexistent 54th district. Capehart wrote an article baesd on a tweet the account sent last week: “Why have the wars cost so much under Obama? Check the budgets, Bush fought 2 wars without costing taxpayers a dime,” the tweet read. Capehart called that tweet a “stunning bit of fiscal ignorance,” and went on to analyze the nation’s budget and fiscal health.
Whatever happened to the journalist’s dictum – ‘check and double check’? (Though that said, I do confess to finding it funny that the reporter took a tweet at face value as a legitimate source. Sort of like trusting Wikipedia.)
UPDATE: I’ve learned from the good folks at WordPress how to disable the ‘twitter’ aspect of the ‘share’ feature, so there! HA! Take that J. Thompson and C. Brady! HA!!!!
- Washington Post Blogger Doesn’t Get the Joke (observer.com)