Wednesday, March 21, 2012
How To Dismantle an Atomic Bombshell
And here it is, kids -- your daily helping of unbelievably delicious schadenfreude, served up on a silver platter. If you don't know who Jason Mattera is, all I really need to tell you is that he's a disciple of Andrew Breitbart -- a young padawan to Breitbart's jedi master in the dark art of shitty, ultimately self-embarrassing journalism.
To wit, this:
"As part of the promotional rollout for his new book, Hollywood Hypocrites, Jason Mattera yesterday unveiled an ambush interview he conducted with U2 lead singer Bono. Or at least, that's who Mattera thought he had ambushed.
The video was posted at conservative websites like Breitbart.com and Glenn Beck's The Blaze, but was later marked 'private' on YouTube and pulled from Breitbart.com. Why? As explained by The Blaze,'There is widespread discussion on Twitter that the person Mattera interviewed in the videos may have been a Bono impersonator.'
During an appearance on Sean Hannity's radio program yesterday, which includes a brief snippet of the Mattera interview with 'Bono,' Hannity and Mattera touted 'bad boy reporter' Mattera's impressive ambush interview skills. Asked by Hannity how he managed to get an interview with 'Bono,' Mattera replied that it was 'basic shoeleather journalism.' (Hannity promised to run the video on last night's edition of his Fox News program, but said on Twitter this morning that Mattera's appearance was preempted by election coverage and that they would run the video tonight instead.)
Mattera and Hannity complained about how 'Bono' refused to answer Mattera's inquiries about controversy over U2's taxes. As Mattera put it, 'He just filibusters forever without any actual explanation.'"
So, yeah. Moron interviewed a Bono impersonator.
Wanna know how I'm sure of this? Because the interview took place on February 8th at the Village Studio party honoring Jimmy Iovine, here in Los Angeles. And I was there. So were Dre, Lana Del Rey, Skylar Grey and a couple of other well-known artists and musicians. So was a Bono impersonator. Know who wasn't there -- who never set foot as far as I can tell in the very entrance tent where Mattera did his interview, which by the way someone like Bono never would've had to walk through to get inside anyway? Fucking Bono. The place would've gone ape shit if Bono had really been there.
Good job, dumb-ass. And Breitbart's legacy of fail remains intact.