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Fake Pols on Twitter

If you’ve been following the shamelessly profane tweets of “fake Rahm” via the Twitter account purporting to belong to Chicago mayoral candidate Rahm Emanuel that now has more followers than Emanuel himself, you’ve been treated to gems like these.

A POLITICO reporter, for example, requested an interview with the mystery Twitter-er, and @MayorEmanuel responded via Twitter that the chances were “somewhere right between (expletive) slim and (expletive) none.”

A Chicago TV reporter got this brush-off after an interview request: “just call the office: 312– (expletive)- OFF.”

(The joke is the real Rahm’s supposed tendency to sprinkle his convos with plenty of swearing).

Meanwhile, Tennessee now has its own fake Twitter version of a political icon who indulges in irreverent postings of 140 characters or less.

He’s @PrezJackson, a Twitter feed purporting to belong to the very late U.S. President and Tennessee native son Andrew Jackson. In his Twitter bio, he describes himself as an “old old old school Democrat” and “namesake of hundreds of disconnected streets in Nashville.”

Some recent postings:

“Text from Haslam: “How can I get the nickname Li’l Hickory?” Embarrassing.”

“Mornings like this make my old dueling wounds hurt.”

“If I had YouTube in 1824, John Quincy Adams would have been toast.”

Comments

  1. Amy Howell says:

    Very interesting and shows that Twitter continues to be an important platform for sharing information: real OR fake. For those who have nothing but time to fake tweet, more power to them. It's hard enough to keep up with the real posts!

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