Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Buffalo Beast Prank Call

Buffalo Beast Prank Call - It's rare, if not unheard of, for a celebrity or a politician to get a prank phone call. One that is recorded and released to the press, that is. Today breaks the cycle though, because that's exactly what happened in the case of the online news site Buffalo Beast and "David Koch" vs. Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker.

Morning radio shows prank unsuspecting losers all the time -- the DJ pretends to be an incompetent delivery man, a teacher at their kids' school, or a persistent salesperson checking up on a recently purchased stove. It's always a high-strung parent (usually the mom) or fiery Uncle Angelo ("No, deliver the roses to my secretary, not my wife!!") who gets pranked, and then we all cringe and feel really bad for laughing.

But in the heat of an ongoing debate over the possible elimination of Wisconsin state workers' collective bargaining rights, did this prank call add fuel to the fire ... or water? Here's what happened:

Ian Murphy, an editor and journalist from the Buffalo Beast, called up Governor Walker's office pretending to be billionaire and conservative backer David Koch. Murphy just picked up the phone, said he was Koch, and got put right through to the Governor's direct line. Piece of cake -- the Governor believed Murphy was actually Koch.

Buffalo Beast Prank Call

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