Racist Troll Poses as Ammon Bundy on Twitter, Gets Plenty of Media Coverage
Here’s one I saw coming.
On Monday I had a discussion with TPM editor Nick Martin, and told him I was skeptical that the @Ammon_Bundy account on Twitter was actually Bundy, because it had just been created a few days before.
.@nickmartin I’m skeptical about this account - it was just created in the last couple of days.
Lots of mainstream news outlets have been basing stories on tweets from this account in the last week; here’s one of the most recent from Mediaite, published today: Bundy Son: ‘We Are Doing the Same Thing as Rosa Parks’ | Mediaite.
Well, folks, my troll radar was 100% accurate. At the press conference held by these armed goons today, the real Ammon Bundy confirmed that he is not on Twitter and the account is an imposter — although he added that whoever was behind it was “doing a pretty good job.”
The person who created this fake account has now come out; it’s a racist right winger who was purposely trolling the “liberal media” — and unfortunately, lots of journalists fell for it, big time. If you go to his actual Twitter account, you’ll see a whole lot of gloating goin’ on.
The screenshot above shows what the Twitter page now looks like.