Oops! NY Times, other media hoaxed by fake Pope Francis Twitter account

We last wrote about New York Times reporter Robert Mackey when he used a progressive blog as a source for his smear job on Steven Crowder. On Wednesday, he reported at The Lede that Pope Francis has a Twitter account.

NBC Washington and Boston.com also reported on the account:


The @JMBergoglio account quickly attracted more than 100,000 followers.

But oops! It was a fake.

Twitter dropped the ban hammer on the fake @JMBergoglio account and corrections were issued.

Those media outlets had plenty of company.

  • CatHerder

    There will be more fakes, just wait.

    • VL123

      that’s why the REAL one is VERIFIED! DUH! Bunch of dumb morons.

    • VL123

      that’s why the REAL one is VERIFIED! DUH! Bunch of dumb morons.

  • mdtljt

    Wow…really? What brainiacs these journalists-and I use that term VERY loosely-are…but wait?!?! Aren’t they supposed to be way smarterer than the rest of us…and stuff?? Pppffffttttt
    **And before the lib/prog snark rears its idiotic head, that wasn’t a typo…I actually MEANT to say “smarterer”…bless your oh-so intelligent hearts….

  • Undine

    Obviously, none of these imbeciles bothered to actually *read* this account’s tweets before announcing this was the new Pope. Once again, they are giving us great faith in modern journalism.

  • http://twitter.com/die_mich_zwei Spatial Awareness

    Journalism is DEAD.

    • capisce

      they’re busy trying to link the Pope to the Tea Party.

    • Billie Slash

      If only it were literal…..

  • https://twitter.com/davidjkramer DavidKramer

    In other news from the DNC media…………..reading is hard.

  • http://www.facebook.com/joseph.a.white.16 Joseph A White

    What is it with these supposed “journalists”??? First thing they teach you in school is to VERIFY your source AND information prior to going public with your “report”…..As someone said earlier, “journalism is dead”…..And it smells like it, too.

  • aliwilcox

    Hee hee hee hee ha ha ha ha ha…wiping tears from my eyes….boobs and dodo birds…this is as funny as Kim Jong Il thinking he was the world’s sexiest bachelor.
    We get perfect insight to how today’s journalists work. Copy. Paste.
    If it’s on the internet, it must be true, right?

  • Brian Roastbeef

    I’ll just add to all of the information above, that the Vatican simply cleared and archived all of Benedict XVI’s tweets. Francis will be using the same account. (Only one tweet at the moment – “HABEMUS PAPAM FRANCISCUM”) So if you followed Pope Benedict XVI, you already follow Pope Francis. No need to go looking around and getting tripped up by fake accounts.

  • Frank Drebin

    ‘Confirmed’ by the Catholic Church, verified √ by Twitter


  • KBDaBear

    MSM – Pope Francis was a French model !!

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  • Spookybuscus

    Pope Francis shouldn’t be referred to as “the 1st” until and unless there is a Pope Francis II. It irks me to see “Pope Francis I”