Anyone familiar with U2 frontman Bono and his charity work should know that gotcha journalists attempting to expose celebrities as tax dodgers could probably find a better target. But that didn't deter conservative activist and Breitbart.com contributor Jason Mattera from trying to punk the altruistic singer.
Posing as a fan, Mattera — known for his sneak-interview attacks on liberal celebrities and politicians — thought he was ambushing the real Bono outside an L.A. event, peppering him with questions about U2's alleged tax-dodging in Ireland. The problem was, the man Mattera was grilling was actually a Bono impersonator named Pavel Sfera. Ignoring the questionable accent, Mattera proceeded to promote the video on Sean Hannity's radio show Tuesday, proud of his work.
When Mattera learned that he actually hadn't spoken with Mr. Good Voice, but rather some dude who has a website called BonoDouble.com, he made the best of it, laughing it off in a follow-up call to Hannity, who had originally been fooled as well. Mattera told a Washington Post blogger:
"I got punked. I thought I got Bono. I didn't. I got his impersonator apparently. Hats off to him. He got me — and how!"
Mattera subsequently removed the faux-Bono video from Breitbart.com and his YouTube channel, but his ball-dropping will live in infamy. He'll always have his Biden "hit" job though.