BASIC SHOELEATHER JOURNALISM  1:51 pm March 21, 2012

Conservative ‘Bad Boy’ Ambush Reporter Sticks It To Bono (Impersonator)

by Jim Newell

Jason Mattera is the official Bad Boy Reporter of Washington, D.C. — always wearing his rebellious leather jacket, pickin’ up chicks with his Harley, showin’ ‘tude to the Man, the Liberals. The guy will do anything! He’s a wildcat, and he don’t care. Just check how he stuck it to Bono in this video shot last month, calling out that Irish fuck on his taxes — what kind of Irish fuck cheats his taxes but also tries to “save Africa”? WHAT IS THAT? Stupid hypocrite Bono! Expose him! Sean Hannity aired the audio on his radio show yesterday, while The Blaze and Breitbart.com each posted the ambush video. But wait a minute… why is the Breitbart.com story page down? Why are the YouTubes now private? Was there some sort of… problem… The Blaze? “There is widespread discussion on Twitter that the person Mattera interviewed in the videos may have been a Bono impersonator.” Oops!

Media Matters has dutifully recovered Mattera’s pulled ambush video where he’s yelling at a Bono impersonator, about his taxes. You may watch that up top. Who could’ve known? The impersonator’s different voice and nonexistent Irish accent are pretty convincing.

It’s all so sad. Just listen to how excited Mattera and Hannity were on the radio yesterday, gloating about this latest coup for 11 minutes. “The master of ambush video strikes again,” Hannity tells us. In a sense!

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.”

[Media Matters]

 
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Barb March 21, 2012 at 1:56 pm

He's the poor man's Baba Booey!

Pres.Beeblebrox March 21, 2012 at 2:12 pm

I see O.J., man, and he be lookin' scared….and Baba Booey to y'all!

johnnymeatworth March 21, 2012 at 2:45 pm

Baba Booey! Baba Booey! Larry Mullen, Jr.'s penis!

actor212 March 21, 2012 at 1:56 pm

Um, it don't even look like Paul Hewson….that should have been the first clue

In fact, it looks more like Jeff Dunham.

"Hey, Dunham! Why does your dead terrorist still talk? Huh? HUH?"

Biff March 21, 2012 at 2:13 pm

SILENCE! I KILL YOU!

Gratuitous World March 21, 2012 at 1:57 pm

last month he nailed Elvis on his Drug War hypocrisy. s.h.o.e.l.e.a.t.h.e.r.

actor212 March 21, 2012 at 1:59 pm

Next up on Mattera's radar: exposing FDR's polio and the great liberal media coverup.

Sue4466 March 21, 2012 at 1:57 pm

Guess Jason Mattera still hasn't found what he's looking for.

ChernobylSoup March 21, 2012 at 2:01 pm

That's just wrong.

Sue4466 March 21, 2012 at 2:03 pm

Comedy always comes down to timing.

ChernobylSoup March 21, 2012 at 1:58 pm

So the reporter still hasn't found what he's looking for?

Barb March 21, 2012 at 1:59 pm

Hilarious!

actor212 March 21, 2012 at 2:00 pm

I guess Mattera got the Unforgettable BURRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRN!

Gratuitous World March 21, 2012 at 2:02 pm

bono – he's doing it with or without you

Maman March 21, 2012 at 1:58 pm

Perfect. Stupid and nasty. Just what I am looking for in a journalist.

mrpuma2u March 21, 2012 at 2:39 pm

The first part of being a journalist should be have a friggin clue as to who is really a celebrity. With those glasses on, I coulda done a better Bono impression. Again, hardcore right wing values do not make up for stupidity and incompetence (See Sarah Palin)

JohnnyQuick March 21, 2012 at 5:00 pm

I'm amazed Hannity found someone as dumb as his dumbself to work with. How often does that happen?

BaldarTFlagass March 21, 2012 at 1:59 pm

Turns out it was Sonny Bono he ambushed.

MozakiBlocks March 21, 2012 at 2:01 pm

Now that would have been a neat trick.

Doktor StrangeZoom March 21, 2012 at 2:12 pm

It's not like he can run away or anything

Chichikovovich March 21, 2012 at 2:01 pm

Mattera had the instinct to hide behind a tree. Good shoe-leather journalist that he is, he knew it was just a matter of time.

Baconzgood March 21, 2012 at 2:21 pm

TREE LIBEL!

Biel_ze_Bubba March 21, 2012 at 9:09 pm

That certainly explains the refusal to answer questions.

jtalaska March 21, 2012 at 1:59 pm

Thats the same thing as doing it with a transvestite.

Canmon March 21, 2012 at 1:59 pm

I think that's Chaz Bono.

Goonemeritus March 21, 2012 at 2:00 pm

Bono/ impersonator what’s the difference, if you’re willingly Irish or pretend to be you should be held to account.

SexySmurf March 21, 2012 at 2:00 pm

I know he doesn't look anything like Bono, but in Mattera's defense, what are the odds that there would be two douche bags in the world who dress in all black and wear sunglasses in doors?

actor212 March 21, 2012 at 2:01 pm

ROY ORBISON LIBEL!

Oh. Wait…

Chet Kincaid March 21, 2012 at 2:49 pm

Horatio Caine libel. YEAAHHH!!

gingerland62 March 21, 2012 at 4:57 pm

Have you ever been to L.A.?

SwanSwanH March 21, 2012 at 2:01 pm

Sometimes you can't make it on your own
Sometimes you can't make it
The best you can do is to fake it
Sometimes you can't make it on your own

bumfug March 21, 2012 at 2:01 pm

Next up, expose Rich Little's poor performance as Federal Reserve Chairman.

Callyson March 21, 2012 at 2:02 pm

Time for Bono to Beat on the Brat.

WiscDad March 21, 2012 at 2:38 pm

fwap fwap fwap fwap….like that? Ohhh…that's brat with a long a sound. My bad

BlueStateLibel March 21, 2012 at 2:03 pm

Guy doesn't even vaguely look like Bono. As we do a tit-for-tit, and interview Tina Fey about physics, thus making Sarah Palin look like a fool.

actor212 March 21, 2012 at 2:20 pm

Oh come on now! Every one knows that Bono takes a page out of Saddam Hussein's book and sends out body doubles!

Hell, he hasn't performed with the band since 1989! That's actually one Ciaran O'Sullivan fronting for "the Udge", "Adam Playton" and little "Joey Mullins"

chicken_thief March 21, 2012 at 2:37 pm

Goodness,. Make Sarah look like a fool?! Is that possible?

OneYieldRegular March 21, 2012 at 2:57 pm

Guy looks more like Dr. No than like Bono.

Crank_Tango March 21, 2012 at 5:55 pm

Somehow I think that would end up making Snowkunt look a lot smarter about physics than she actually is.

But I like where you're going with the tit-for-tat. I think we need more tits for whatever the hell we can trade for them.

BaldarTFlagass March 21, 2012 at 2:04 pm

Can't wait till this guy runs across Tortelvis and Dread Zeppelin.

He sure works in mysterious ways.

Baconzgood March 21, 2012 at 2:42 pm

Any man who brings up Dread Zeppelin can drink from my canteen any day.

C_R_Eature March 21, 2012 at 6:23 pm

5,000,000 Tortelvis Fans can't be wrong.
But every single one of Breitbart's So-Called "Journalists" are.

doloras March 21, 2012 at 7:10 pm

Bring back Gary Bibb!

C_R_Eature March 21, 2012 at 7:29 pm

Fresh Cheese and Cheese

SayItWithWookies March 21, 2012 at 2:05 pm

Well, it's better than Mattera's last ambush video, in which animatronic Abraham Lincoln just kept avoiding the issue of Reconstruction and said the same shit over and over again.

dadanarchist March 21, 2012 at 2:19 pm

Even worse was his interview with that Socialist harpy and welfare queen, Helen Keller. Mattera reported that not only did she refuse to answer any questions, she wouldn't even look him in the eye.

chicken_thief March 21, 2012 at 2:40 pm

How was he sure it was Helen? – by the bruises on her shins.

NorthStarSpanx March 21, 2012 at 2:58 pm

According to the Right, the real Ambush Videographers are Katie Couric and Charles Gibson.

Callyson March 21, 2012 at 2:07 pm

By the way, Jason, how much have *you* done to help people living in poverty?
Thought not…

BaldarTFlagass March 21, 2012 at 2:08 pm

Hey, I thought O'Keefe was the "Bad Boy" darling of the right!

WiscDad March 21, 2012 at 2:29 pm

Dude…It was O'Keefe impersonating Bono

Beowoof March 21, 2012 at 2:08 pm

Liberals aren't allowed to use the tax structure set up? Typical, tax benefits are only available to people who are rich and willing to be pricks to the poor. I understand the right so much better now.

Sassomatic March 21, 2012 at 2:08 pm

Meanwhile, in Vegas, a reporter from the Daily Caller has cornered a drag queen to yell at her about Sony Bono's voting record.

SorosBot March 21, 2012 at 2:09 pm

Next will be his groundbreaking ambush of both Barack Obama and Joe Biden!

OK Fred Armisen and Jason Sudeikis.

RadioStalingrad March 21, 2012 at 2:09 pm

Oldest Alinsky trick in the book, use an impersonator to fool your unwitting enemies. You think this guy could learn a thing or two from James O'Kweef.

Biff March 21, 2012 at 2:18 pm

Damnit, beat me by 3 minutes.

freakishlywrong March 21, 2012 at 2:10 pm

So is that asshole going to show the "sting" tonight? His viewers won't know anything. Hell they can't see, hear or read, so, why not?

BaldarTFlagass March 21, 2012 at 2:19 pm

And, "What the hell is a Bono?"

YasserArraFeck March 21, 2012 at 3:11 pm

it's what you get when you take Viagro

James Michael Curley March 21, 2012 at 2:19 pm

Sting is going to be on Hannity tonight? I want him to make Hannity blow up like a big, bloated, pock marked balloon and float into the air.

Baconzgood March 21, 2012 at 2:12 pm

“bad boy reporter”? is that sort of like being the valedictorian of summer school? Like the use of " "

Biff March 21, 2012 at 2:12 pm

Little Jimmy O'Queef weeps.

RadioStalingrad March 21, 2012 at 2:29 pm

JOKe queefs.

Lionel[redacted]Esq March 21, 2012 at 2:13 pm

In a way, this is a step up in journalism for Hannity and the Blaze, as their story is not based only on the ravings of a deranged mind, but on the ravings of a celebrity impersonator. Cronkite would be proud!

actor212 March 21, 2012 at 2:14 pm

Jason Mattera self-punked? Self-pwned?

It's a beautiful day

OneYieldRegular March 21, 2012 at 2:15 pm

I can't believe FOX put this on the air. They usually exhibit such professionalism and accuracy.

actor212 March 21, 2012 at 2:15 pm

Boy, quality control sure has collapsed ever since Breitbart died…

chicken_thief March 21, 2012 at 2:43 pm

"died"….. or was MURDERED?!!!! We may never know….

actor212 March 21, 2012 at 2:52 pm

Maybe he died in an ambush reporting?

GOPCrusher March 21, 2012 at 4:24 pm

Are we sure he's really dead?

Serolf_Divad March 21, 2012 at 2:15 pm

This reminds me of the time we visited the Thomas Wolfe house with my high school English teacher. My teacher started interrogating a character actor who played one of the guests (Thomas Wolfe's mother took in boarders when the writer was a child) about all going ons that are described in Look Homeward Angel and the actor really had no clue. It was pretty embarrassing.

Doktor StrangeZoom March 21, 2012 at 2:16 pm

I was thinking of doing an ambush interview with Hannity, but decided instead to interview a Labrador retriever who was far more pleasant to deal with. The only downside is that my arm is now tired from hurling a tennis ball across the park. Thank god for the "Chuck-It" tennis ball hurling apparatus!

gingerland62 March 21, 2012 at 4:53 pm

"Labrador retriever who was far more pleasant to deal with"

as well as more interesting and intelligent.

dadanarchist March 21, 2012 at 2:16 pm

"the person Mattera interviewed in the videos may have been a Bono impersonator.”

Sounds like he's ready for the big leagues – when does he get called up to the The Game (Fox)?

SoBeach March 21, 2012 at 2:17 pm

"…but said on Twitter this morning that Mattera’s appearance was preempted by election coverage and that they would run the video tonight instead."

Wonder what he'll do tonight now that he and his boy wonder "journalist" got punked. I'm going to go out on a limb here and guess it'll be an hour of ranting hysterics where Hannity never seems to pause for a breath.

actor212 March 21, 2012 at 2:28 pm

It's days like this that I regret Olbermann stopped doing "Worst Persons In The World".

Chet Kincaid March 21, 2012 at 2:53 pm

Who?

actor212 March 21, 2012 at 2:56 pm

You know, that guy who used to be on MSNBC but now puts on private performances in your living room to boost his ratings.

Baconzgood March 21, 2012 at 2:18 pm

That was Bono pretending to be a Bono impersonator! Haven't you people ever seen that little documentary about ELVIS called Bubba Ho Tep? WAKE UP SHEEPLE!!!!!

actor212 March 21, 2012 at 2:25 pm

Wait….maybe it was a Bono impersonator pretending to be Bono pretending to be a Bono impersonator while he undergoes a facelift in some private hospital in Gstaad!

We're thru the looking glass here, people!

Andrew Drinker March 21, 2012 at 3:00 pm

DON'T CROSS THE STREAMS

dadanarchist March 21, 2012 at 2:27 pm

Does that mean that Barack Obama is black JFK?

actor212 March 21, 2012 at 2:29 pm

Ossie Davis is Barack Obama?

Baconzgood March 21, 2012 at 2:34 pm

I KNEW IT!

dadanarchist March 21, 2012 at 2:36 pm

It explains the Birth Certificate "problems."

Mahousu March 21, 2012 at 2:21 pm

Jason Mattera is the Neil C. Livingstone of celebrity ambush interviewers.

dubyatf March 21, 2012 at 2:21 pm

Major Bono-r.

And also, too: when smarmy Asswipe imbeciles not only commit a comically ridiculous blunder in the guise of "Gotcha journalism" but then go so far as to record it for public consumption? And THEN go on the air to crow about the "takedown of the Left" before the "interview" is properly vetted (I think there's a lesson here somewhere, but I can't quite put the back of my hand with its hastily scribbled crib notes on it) and exposed? When that happens, my friends, it's a beautiful day.

actor212 March 21, 2012 at 2:26 pm

There's only one way to get out of this with any grace and aplomb, Mattera.

Repeat after me: "I meant to do that."

StarsUponThars March 21, 2012 at 2:23 pm

Slightly OT, what's the difference between God and Bono? God doesn't walk around acting like he's Bono.

actor212 March 21, 2012 at 2:25 pm

Now 'at 'ere is funnay…

Mahousu March 21, 2012 at 2:29 pm

FYI, "Bono" is available for hire for your next party or corporate event. Very reasonable rates. Call now!

DemmeFatale March 21, 2012 at 4:00 pm

Oh, Pavel!
(He sorta looks like Kurt Russel, if he was ugly, bloated and hung-over.)

hagajim March 21, 2012 at 2:29 pm

Anyone notice that the bigger an asshole you are, the more of a darling of the right you are?

freakishlywrong March 21, 2012 at 2:34 pm

Assholism is a feature, not a bug.

dadanarchist March 21, 2012 at 2:35 pm

There's a section on the application form: "On a scale from 1 to 5…"

dubyatf March 21, 2012 at 2:37 pm

I noticed that when Poppy Bush chose Dan Quayle as his running mate.

YasserArraFeck March 21, 2012 at 3:12 pm

The "Tards like their assholes roomy

ElPinche March 21, 2012 at 2:32 pm

Move over O'Keefe. Mattera doesn't use fake ass videos. He fakes it live with impersonators, wax figures, and muppets.

dadanarchist March 21, 2012 at 2:32 pm

They got the chyron wrong: Jason Mattera, Bad Boy Reporter.

dubyatf March 21, 2012 at 2:42 pm

Jason Mattera, Boy What a Fuckin Idiot.
(I'm on my stupid, old IPad2 so I can't use formatting. Someone can fix it for me?)

MaxUdargo March 21, 2012 at 2:33 pm

Thank you Bono impersonator guy for staying cool and coy and not giving the game away so that these idiots would broadcast their idiocy before realizing they were broadcasting their idiocy. You are my hero for the day. "I don't have any control over that," indeed.

Sue4466 March 21, 2012 at 8:08 pm

Seriously, that was some great poker face he had there.

dubyatf March 21, 2012 at 2:33 pm

And another thing: what does Bad Boy know from "shoe leather?" Methinks the cheap quality of his purview rings loudly of PVC journalism.
But I guess it just doesn't Mattera.

Baconzgood March 21, 2012 at 2:34 pm

As Nelson Muntz would say

HA-Ha

DaRooster March 21, 2012 at 2:35 pm

Shoe Leather Journalism??

That's made of bootstraps right?

glamourdammerung March 21, 2012 at 2:41 pm

What exactly is the big deal on why Bono's management using a tax shelter is somehow making whining about Africa somehow not valid? Unless the only reason Africa is in such bad shape in parts is due to Irish tax spending, the conservatives are not making any sense. Again.

BaldarTFlagass March 21, 2012 at 3:02 pm

Or "ever," too.

actor212 March 21, 2012 at 3:06 pm

Well, one of the first governments he approached about more funding to Africa was Ireland's, so keeping money sheltered from taxes there sort of defeats his purpose.

Mattera is on the bleeding edge (no pun intended) of this story, which Bloomberg News broke back in 2006

glamourdammerung March 21, 2012 at 6:20 pm

Unless something has changed in the last couple of years, Ireland gets foreign aid. So again, I am not really sure how they would fund meaningful African programs in the first place.

Biel_ze_Bubba March 21, 2012 at 9:18 pm

By not taxing Bono, so he has more money to give to Africa.

Wait .. what was the original question, again?

glamourdammerung March 21, 2012 at 10:29 pm

I just do not even get what the conservatives' big gripe is with his management company using a tax shelter somehow making him a hypocrite. I know I am being silly and expecting conservative hate to be based on reality, but I do try to understand it sometimes.

Oblios_Cap March 21, 2012 at 2:42 pm

Don't feel so bad, Mattera. I thought I as watching an Ayn Rand interview, but it turns out I turned out I was watching Dennis Miller on HBO.

Andrew Drinker March 21, 2012 at 3:08 pm

Ayn Rand makes her point much quicker than Dennis Miller.

Atlas Shrugged was only 1180 pages or so with John Galt's big speech clocking in around 60 pages.

Dennis Miller is still trying to finish a monologue from a 1997 episode of his HBO show before he was a neocon douchebag.

GOPCrusher March 21, 2012 at 5:09 pm

I feel bad. I really used to dig Dennis Miller on HBO back in the day. But his gig on MNF tarnished his image and after 9/11 when he became a full blown neoclown asshat, I disavowed any knowledge of his existence.

EmileZoloft March 21, 2012 at 8:52 pm

Mistaking Dennis Miller for Ayn Rand, who makes Robert Boyle look like Marcel Marceau, is like going to a Chumbawumba concert with Annie Hall-era Diane Keaton and winding up in the bathroom sharing a line with Foshaug the Deceiver, hey cha-cha?

johnnyzhivago March 21, 2012 at 2:54 pm

This story certainly exposes the sorry state of celebrity impersonation these days.

SoBeach March 21, 2012 at 2:55 pm

And the way he struggles to come up with ever more syntactically complex ways to repeat the same shit he's been saying decades.

gurukalehuru March 21, 2012 at 2:58 pm

Mind over Mattera.

Tundra Grifter March 21, 2012 at 3:01 pm

Jason Mattera's latest scoop – Elvis is still alive and well!

Oops – he saw El Vez.

DonnyKerabotsos March 21, 2012 at 3:08 pm

Solidad O'Brien is very grateful to Jason Mattera for knocking her out of the #1 spot on the 'utterly clueless journalists' list.

On the other hand, Wolf Blitzer is probably jealous.

AlaskaGrrl March 21, 2012 at 3:12 pm

I surprised that Hannity didn't just bluff it out and accuse Bono of being a fake. He's never let facts get in the way before, why the sudden concern? Could it be that Bono has enough money to sue Hannity's pants off?

Eve8Apples March 21, 2012 at 3:19 pm

A guy pretending to be a reporter interviewing a guy pretending to be a rock star broadcast on a GOP propaganda machine pretending to be a news network. Brilliant!

tihond March 21, 2012 at 3:29 pm

BREITBART'S BONO BONER

GortRay March 21, 2012 at 3:36 pm

From now on Fux will only do impersonator interviews. They can get all sorts of good gotcha stuff and their fat slobbering half-wit white trash meth-mouthed audience will never know the difference.

glamourdammerung March 21, 2012 at 3:42 pm

I recall they did something like that with an Obama "impersonator".

DrunkIrishman March 21, 2012 at 3:48 pm

Looks more like George Michaels. But I know that can't be because he isn't hanging out by a public restroom.

thefrontpage March 21, 2012 at 3:59 pm

Mattera, Hannity, and "Media Matters" would not know "shoe-leather journalism" if Shoe Leather Journalism was personified and walked up to them on the street and said hello. These are the very last people in real journalism who would know anything about shoe-leather journalism. In fact, it's questionable if Mattera, Hannity or Media Matters actually knows what real journalism actually is.

thefrontpage March 21, 2012 at 4:00 pm

Mattera is to journalism what Santorum is to politics.

rmjagg1 March 21, 2012 at 4:05 pm

I can't get excited about this mattera person at all ., it's like taking half a dump because the boss is looking for you , all angry and stuff …

gingerland62 March 21, 2012 at 4:47 pm

This guy is about 40lbs. less than Bono about 10 years younger than him and bears a slight resemblance to him. This reporter took the investigative out of investigative reporting. What a joke. Can he really control a Harley? Not buying it.

fitley March 21, 2012 at 5:24 pm

It's fun to watch a bad boy reporter (as Dice would say) jerk-off all over himself.

glamourdammerung March 21, 2012 at 5:26 pm

Also, not trying to sound like a psycho here, but how is this clown and the other morons that pull this nonsense not injured/dead? If some lunatic was screaming at me, followed me onto my property, and entered my house, their probability of being shot is pretty high.

LakeLucilleLoon March 21, 2012 at 5:39 pm

I thought it was George Michael, impersonating Bono!

dokrider March 21, 2012 at 5:50 pm

Now we know how Jason Mattera came to the conclusion in his book, Hollywood Hypocrites, that celebs all pretend to be someone they're not. Research. Lots and lots of research.

Antispandex March 21, 2012 at 6:05 pm

THERE IS NOTHING IN THE CONSTITUTION THAT SAYS A NEWS STORY HAS TO BE TRUE, MORANS!!!!!!!

doloras March 21, 2012 at 7:23 pm

But the thing is, the Left knows perfectly well that Bono is a smug, pompous, hypocrite. All my socialist friends, especially the Irish ones, hate his guts. Are there liberals who actually like him?

Biel_ze_Bubba March 21, 2012 at 9:24 pm

How's that old-fashioned "basic shoe leather" taste, Mattera?

ttommyunger March 21, 2012 at 11:31 pm

I prefer my Three Stooges in Black & White; and funny.

telecustom1972 March 22, 2012 at 1:51 am

Pretend journalist interviewing pretend rocks star. Oh, the irony!

DesertTed March 22, 2012 at 1:51 am

Since when did Hannity look down on anyone who avoided paying taxes?

DahBoner March 22, 2012 at 8:10 am

Breitbart.com: A place where dumbasses get together…

Biel_ze_Bubba March 21, 2012 at 10:44 pm

Don't even try.

It's like Al Gore having the audacity to fly on CO2-emitting airplanes, when it's obvious that anybody who really believes in climate change would only cross the Atlantic on a sailboat.

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