The Mirror

Did WaPo Fall For A Fake Source?

Betsy Rothstein Gossip blogger

“Wait, this guy at a Trump rally is really named ‘Clinton Sanders’?”

The question came from Politico‘s Kyle Cheney on Twitter Thursday.

Indeed, in a story published Thursday by WaPo political reporter Jenna Johnson includes a tweet by a man allegedly named “Clinton Sanders.” The story is from a Trump rally this week in Greensboro, N.C.

WaPo has since been cutoff from Trump events.

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Giving a fake name to reporters is unfortunately not new in this presidential campaign.

In April, Baltimore Sun reporter Ian Duncan got fooled into thinking a man he was speaking was named Jack Mehoff (say it 5 times quickly to get the idea).

The story no longer has the name Jack Mehoff. Instead it’s “Jack Morris.”

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In May, ABC News was fooled by two shirtless trolls at a  Hillary Clinton rally. They are a comedy duo called “The Good Liars.” They lived up to their name and gave out fake names like “Dan Stifler” and “John Nelson.”

Their real names are Jason Selvig and Davram Stiefler.

The Mirror sought comment from Johnson and Duncan.

“I talked with the vendor at a rally in Greensboro, N.C., and he said his name was Clinton Sanders,” Johnson told The Mirror. “We identified him as such — just as we have with the dozens and dozens of others at Trump rallies we have quoted.

Be careful out there, reporters. Lots of liars on the loose.