Sponsored Content

Intermarkets' Privacy Policy

Donate to Ace of Spades HQ!

Recent Entries
Absent Friends
westminsterdogshow 2023
Ann Wilson(Empire1) 2022
Dave In Texas 2022
Jesse in D.C. 2022
OregonMuse 2022
redc1c4 2021
Tami 2021
Chavez the Hugo 2020
Ibguy 2020
Rickl 2019
Joffen 2014
AoSHQ Writers Group
A site for members of the Horde to post their stories seeking beta readers, editing help, brainstorming, and story ideas. Also to share links to potential publishing outlets, writing help sites, and videos posting tips to get published. Contact OrangeEnt for info
Cutting The Cord And Email Security
Moron Meet-Ups

« "Jussie Smollett, Part 2:" Desperate Abortion Mouse Blames Kari Lake for Break In At One of Her Campaign Offices | Main | The Country Only Has 25 Days' Worth of Stored Diesel Fuel, the Lowest Level Since 2008 »
October 28, 2022

Fake News Media Punked by Crisis Actors

Those guys I posted about earlier? The one who said he had Tesla payments to make and wasn't sure how he'd make them?

F A K E News. And they got all sorts of media to report on it.

A pair of pranksters posing as laid-off Twitter employees tricked multiple media outlets Friday as the public anxiously awaited news on whether Elon Musk had begun axing staffers.

CNBC's Deirdre Bosa interviewed two people who identified themselves as Twitter employees and were seen near the company's San Francisco headquarters carrying cardboard boxes.

Skepticism immediately emerged on social media. One of the pranksters said his name was "Rahul Ligma" -- a reference to a popular internet meme -- and held a copy of Michelle Obama's book "Becoming" aloft while speaking to reporters. The other said his name was "Daniel Johnson."

CNBC, Bloomberg, the Daily Mail and NBC were among the outlets that reported layoffs were underway after the duo spoke to the media.

"Ligma" is of course a prank name. Like "Bofa." Bofa Deez Nuts, meet Ligma Balls.

Daniel Johnson speaks for itself.

ABC7 Bay Area reporter Suzanne Phan also tweeted about the alleged Twitter employees, writing that one had claimed "he was terminated during a zoom meeting."

LEAVING TWITTER: an employee leaving Twitter today. Says he was terminated during a zoom meeting. Doesn't know where he is going to work next. Says he is going to spend time with his family. #ABC7newsbayarea #ABC7now #Twitter #SF #BayArea pic.twitter.com/Txvs5fsa9y

-- Suzanne Phan (@SuzannePhan) October 28, 2022

They also had a great quote in a video report. I wish I'd watched it -- because now, of course, that report has been deleted in embarrassment from YouTube.

But Stephen L. Miller posted the quote from a report that went over a "mainstream media" (LOL) channel.

Stephen L. Miller @redsteeze

"I have to touch base with my husband and wife"

Just absolute legends.

Paul Lee

Quite ironic that a major news outlet failed to do basic diligence and fell for a crisis actor prank, resulting in the spread of misinfo, on the first day of new ownership. All you had to do was ask to see a badge or look for bird-themed stuff in the boxes. Also we don't use Zoom


Mr. Ligma's prized copy of Michelle Obama's "auto" biography is a nice touch.

I cropped it out, but there's a whole bank of cameras and microphones in front of him, recording every dumb word he says.

Maybe he's mixed up in this Paul Pelosi situation, too.

digg this
posted by Ace at 04:30 PM

| Access Comments

Recent Comments
JQ: "Heatwave, Wolfus! It's only low 40s here ..."

Skip: "G'Day everyone ..."

Ciampino - Thank you but I don't need a fork....: "Hiccups = Air barfs ..."

Wolfus Aurelius, Dreaming of Elsewhere [/i] [/b]: "Up early. Have to decide if I will go work out. ..."

Skip: "Now I don't want to get up ..."

JQ: "Yeah, I've gotten so far as to pick up the phone t ..."

Wolfus Aurelius, Dreaming of Elsewhere [/i] [/b]: "[i]I remember the saga of poor Chekov... so sorry ..."

Ciampino - Thank you but I don't need a fork....: "281 How many people read the native language bein ..."

Noah Bawdy: "Locked out of everything again. ..."

JQ: "I remember the saga of poor Chekov... so sorry for ..."

Wolfus Aurelius, Dreaming of Elsewhere [/i] [/b]: "[i]Today was a bit *down* for me... Was at Dad' ..."

Farmer: "dude in MI-- How awful! My condolences to you! ..."

Recent Entries

Polls! Polls! Polls!
Frequently Asked Questions
The (Almost) Complete Paul Anka Integrity Kick
Top Top Tens
Greatest Hitjobs

The Ace of Spades HQ Sex-for-Money Skankathon
A D&D Guide to the Democratic Candidates
Margaret Cho: Just Not Funny
More Margaret Cho Abuse
Margaret Cho: Still Not Funny
Iraqi Prisoner Claims He Was Raped... By Woman
Wonkette Announces "Morning Zoo" Format
John Kerry's "Plan" Causes Surrender of Moqtada al-Sadr's Militia
World Muslim Leaders Apologize for Nick Berg's Beheading
Michael Moore Goes on Lunchtime Manhattan Death-Spree
Milestone: Oliver Willis Posts 400th "Fake News Article" Referencing Britney Spears
Liberal Economists Rue a "New Decade of Greed"
Artificial Insouciance: Maureen Dowd's Word Processor Revolts Against Her Numbing Imbecility
Intelligence Officials Eye Blogs for Tips
They Done Found Us Out, Cletus: Intrepid Internet Detective Figures Out Our Master Plan
Shock: Josh Marshall Almost Mentions Sarin Discovery in Iraq
Leather-Clad Biker Freaks Terrorize Australian Town
When Clinton Was President, Torture Was Cool
What Wonkette Means When She Explains What Tina Brown Means
Wonkette's Stand-Up Act
Wankette HQ Gay-Rumors Du Jour
Here's What's Bugging Me: Goose and Slider
My Own Micah Wright Style Confession of Dishonesty
Outraged "Conservatives" React to the FMA
An On-Line Impression of Dennis Miller Having Sex with a Kodiak Bear
The Story the Rightwing Media Refuses to Report!
Our Lunch with David "Glengarry Glen Ross" Mamet
The House of Love: Paul Krugman
A Michael Moore Mystery (TM)
The Dowd-O-Matic!
Liberal Consistency and Other Myths
Kepler's Laws of Liberal Media Bias
John Kerry-- The Splunge! Candidate
"Divisive" Politics & "Attacks on Patriotism" (very long)
The Donkey ("The Raven" parody)
Powered by
Movable Type 2.64