Even Better Than the Real Thing

God, I hope this is true. Balloon Juice commenter Dave:

Sweet baby Jesus, you can’t make this stuff up.

Jason Mattera, on behalf of the Breitbart Babies, ambushes Bono of U2 to grill him on why he hides his taxes. Except Mattera interviewed a Bono impersonator instead.

Hahahaha! Hopefully someone saved the videos. Beck’s House o’ Crazy pulled the story, and it’s 404 at Breitbart.com.

UPDATE: Video after the jump…

[X-posted at Rumproast]

131 replies
  1. 1
    eldorado says:

    title win.

  2. 2
    Emma says:

    If this is true, it’s proof that God exists and She loves me.

  3. 3
    Yutsano says:

    Jason Mattera, on behalf of the Breitbart Babies, ambushes Bono of U2 to grill him on why he hides his taxes.

    Last time I checked, Bono is still an Irish citizen. Why this is some expose that had any relevance to American politics is beyond my ken.

  4. 4
    Mark S. says:

    We’re one
    But we’re not the same

  5. 5
    New Yorker says:

    @Mark S.: FTW

    So is this better in the hilarity department than the wingnut blogger who got Bill Ayers to admit that he wrote “Dreams of My Father”.

    Also, I’m waiting for the Breitbart scoop on the fact that Elvis is indeed still alive in Las Vegas.

  6. 6
    Warmongerer says:

    I’m missing the original angle here.

    Bono’s an Irish citizen. Are they upset that he’s not paying more taxes here or something?

  7. 7
    Comrade Javamanphil says:

    If you walk away from Jason Mattera, he will follow.

  8. 8
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    Democratic Nihilist, Keeper Of Party Purity says:

    Last time I checked, Bono is still an Irish citizen. Why this is some expose that had any relevance to American politics is beyond my ken.

    @Yutsano: Cause he’s a DUMBOCRAT LIEBURUL hur hur hur hur why don’t you run him for president he’s not a citizen either

    Sorry, spent too much time wading through that comment section.

  10. 10
    Origuy says:

    Kitteh break. Playing in a tunnel made of soda boxes. Showing more intelligence than your average Breitbrat.

  11. 11
    Amir Khalid says:

    Well, the American right do have precedent for this. Remember when they brought Stephen Hawking’s long-term illness into the healthcare reform argument? That didn’t work out so great for them either.

  12. 12
    Tickraw says:

    I’m reminded of a scene from O Brother whenever I read these stories on the Breitbart lackeys:

    Pappy O’Daniel: These boys is gonna be my brain trust.
    Delmar O’Donnell: What’s that mean, Everett?

  13. 13
    rea says:

    @New Yorker: No, Elvis works at a Burger King in Kalamazoo. Everyone knows that!

  14. 14
    Dave says:

    Since Breitbart.com & Mattera are trying to memoryhole this thing, it’s tough to see what happened. This site has some quotes from the original article.

    In an exclusive interview with Big Hollywood, Mattera said he was stunned by Bono’s responses to his questions: “I’ve always liked U2, so when I began researching my chapter in “Hollywood Hypocrites” about Bono, I was surprised to find what a tax-dodging hypocrite the guy is. Still, I wanted to give the guy a chance to tell his side of the story. But when Bono told me he has “no control” over what U2 does and said it’s not hypocritical to ask everyday Americans to pay more in taxes for foreign aid and debt relief while he and U2 perform financial gymnastics to pay less in taxes, I was stunned.”

  15. 15
    jibeaux says:

    @Yutsano: The Bono Impersonator was probably American, DUH!

  16. 16
    JenJen says:


    And what makes it even sweeter is that U2 is my favorite band.

  17. 17
    Democratic Nihilist, Keeper Of Party Purity says:

    Hey, I saw Spider-Man, The Musical. That fucking douche and his guitarist owe me some money and two hours of my life back.

  18. 18
    jibeaux says:

    @Tickraw: We Thought. You Was. A Toad!

    It doesn’t have anything to do with anything, I just love that scene.

  19. 19
    Dave says:

    @Steve M.: YOU ARE THE WINNER.

  20. 20

    in the meantime, right-wing terrorism

    Apologies if I’m late to the game on this.

  21. 21
    Guster says:

    You are the winner, Steve M. I love how the guy keeps saying, “I didn’t do that. It’s not my company.”

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  23. 23

    @Carnacki: that’s a totally different band

  24. 24
    Carnacki says:

    @Mark S.: It’s a beautiful day! Also. Too

  25. 25
    Gin & Tonic says:

    @Democratic Nihilist, Keeper Of Party Purity:

    Hey, I saw Spider-Man, The Musical.

    My condolences.

  26. 26
    middlewest says:

    @Steve M.: Holy shit, that’s hilarious.

  27. 27
    Lee says:

    If you watch the video Steve M so helpfully provided. You see it is specific to Ireland. Still not sure why an American would be concerned about that.

    And it is completely obvious that the person is NOT Bono.

  28. 28
    JenJen says:

    @Steve M.: Are you kidding me?!

    That guy doesn’t look anything like Bono, save for the Achtung Baby-era sunglasses. Hilarious!

  29. 29
    Catsy says:

    Holy shitbiscuits, that’s some quality fail.

    The video at EBW works, much as I hate to give traffic to those assholes. I love how the impersonator strings him along as long as possible while not lying at all–literally no, he doesn’t have any control over any of that. :D

    I give him props for not cracking up.

  30. 30
    rlrr says:

    Does the Bono impersonator pay taxes?

  31. 31

    @Lee: it’s all about character assassination, catnip for American right-wing tools

  32. 32
    Scott says:

    @rlrr: I bet the impersonator is about to get his countertops inspected.

  33. 33
    Ben Cisco says:

    Top Ten title for the year.

  34. 34
    Mouse Tolliver says:

    @Steve M.: That doesn’t even look like Bono.

  35. 35
    Villago Delenda Est says:

    It’s a darn good thing that idiocy is not a capital crime in this country, or these fucktards would be before a death panel faster than you can say Captain Jack Sparrow.

  36. 36
    ShadeTail says:

    @Steve M.:

    Love how the one commenter at the link to point out how it obviously wasn’t Bono got some down-votes. These assholes are totally delusional.

  37. 37
    eemom says:

    I don’t even know who Jason Mattera is. How do y’all keep up with these people?

  38. 38
    trex says:

    If you dare exit the boat go read the comments on this story over at the The Blaze. Aside from all the self-congratulatory remarks about “globalist swine” and “communism,” 99% of those Bozos fail to recognize the obvious impersonator.

  39. 39

    @ShadeTail: they know in their hearts that it really is Bono

  40. 40
    samara morgan says:

    @trex: i bet Bono will make a public declaration about the failed video sting. the guy is not exactly shy.

  41. 41
    scav says:

    CGI-Swap in a Bonobo and see if they pick it up.

  42. 42
    Spaghetti Lee says:

    Well, ya cain’t expect me to tell the difference! Them Irish folk all look the same!


  43. 43
    superking says:

    I use tax avoision!

  44. 44
    cleek says:

    And here’s the direct URL, in case anyone wants to save a local copy:


    (as i did)

  45. 45
    kc says:


  46. 46
    beltane says:

    Just wait until they go after all the Ben Franklin and Abraham Lincoln impersonators. There are a lot of unanswered questions swirling around those two.

  47. 47

    @cleek: by that URL it seems as if The Edge is in on the trap! I hope someone tells Bono to keep an eye on that turncoat.

  48. 48
    Villago Delenda Est says:


    they know in their black, owed to Satan hearts that it really is Bono

    Updated for clarity and amplification

  49. 49
    Morbo says:

    Isn’t it hypocritical for people who believe taxation is theft to criticize people who make an effort to keep more of their hard-earned money?

  50. 50
    Mark S. says:

    I’m dying to know where this took place. Did Mattera crash some bar mitzvah thinking the real Bono was going to be performing?

  51. 51

    @Mark S.:
    I want to close my eyes
    And make it go away!

  52. 52

    @Morbo: Really, you must stop trying to apply logic to these people. It just doesn’t work.

  53. 53
    Poopyman says:

    @beltane: All About the Benjamins.

    (And Abes?)

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  55. 55

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  56. 56
    danielx says:

    I can hear the comments now: “Well, U2 makes so much money here they OUGHT to be paying American taxes whether they’re American citizens or not!”

    Logically, since paying fewer/less taxes is one of wingnutteria’s Holy Grails, Mattera ought be congratulating the supposed Bono for his ingenuity in tax avoidance rather than jumping in his shit. But hey, when did logic ever enter into Breitbart World?

  57. 57
    slippy says:


    I’m still trying to figure out how Brietbart died and his festering stupidity is still with us.

  58. 58
    Villago Delenda Est says:


    But hey, when did logic ever enter into Breitbart World?

    Pretty much the same time that Monty Burns made a donation to the Springfield orphanage.

  59. 59
    David says:

    Where is Breitbart’s toxicology report?

  60. 60
    quannlace says:

    So when will this expose show up on Hannity’s show?

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  62. 62
    joeyess says:

    Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha…… mmmmm…… this post is delicious.

  63. 63
    Epicurus says:

    Jason Effing Mattera “punked”?? The ironing is delicous….hahahahahaha. (Apologies to Nelson Muntz.)

  64. 64
    trex says:


    I’m of the opinion that you don’t even acknowledge the existence of whiny dickweasels like Mattera because attention is the only thing they got. Without attention they’re just the angry Young Republican kid down the street who’s desperate because he can’t get laid. But if he does choose to acknowledge this story, Bono ought to say something to the effect of, “I’ve scraped more interesting things off my shoe.”

    Not only does it put this pathetic Breitbrat effort in its proper context, it has the added benefit of being true.

  65. 65
    Bruuuuce says:

    Whee! Second-best fake Bono ever. Here’s the very best (by Improv Everywhere, of course).

  66. 66
    Joe Max says:

    Notice how the impersonator answered every question truthfully: “I didn’t do that.” “I have no control over that.”

  67. 67
    Jerzy Russian says:


    If this is true, it’s proof that God exists and She loves me.

    I am (or I guess was) an atheist, but evidence is evidence. I’ll start going to church this weekend.

  68. 68
    rlrr says:

    I put a backup on tumblr

  69. 69
    Silver says:


    This. 1000x this.

  70. 70
    Jay in Oregon says:

    I’ve got one as well. That video’s not going away again any time soon.

  71. 71
    different-church-lady says:

    @slippy: Maybe Breitbart’s body was just a host for some Twin Peaks’ Bob version of free floating stupidity.

  72. 72
    different-church-lady says:

    @Epicurus: No, no, not punked: SELF-punked!

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    Egypt Steve says:

    Also, Angry Black Lady to the rescue:


  75. 75
    trex says:


    No, no, not punked: SELF-punked!

    Yes, I believe this is what is referred to in the technical manuals as “a Second Order Fail.”

  76. 76
    different-church-lady says:

    “Vetting the Bed”: a category. NOW.

  77. 77
    Patricia Kayden says:

    Why are they harassing Bono?

  78. 78
    danimal says:

    I’m a big U2 fan, but not much of a fan of their tax avoidance scheme that took their business to Holland. But I don’t see why conservatives think that is a big deal.

    FWIW, U2 only seems liberal in America because American conservatives are incredibly stupid, heartless and partisan these days. Their politics are not quite so easily defined from an international perspective.

    Can we say that Breitbart’s minion still hasn’t found what he’s looking for?

  79. 79
    norbizness says:

    For some reason, I am unable to care what completely marginal reactionary assclowns do in order to embarrass themselves. Is there something wrong with me?

  80. 80
    MikeJ says:

    @Patricia Kayden: He thinks helping people is a good idea. That makes him evil.

  81. 81
    Nemesis says:

    Outside its America…outside its America…

  82. 82
    Vlad says:

    @Patricia Kayden: Big Negativland fans?

  83. 83
    Foobar says:

    Jason should interview Mitt Romney about his Cayman Islands accounts. He could use the same list of questions.

  84. 84
    dr. bloor says:

    Oh my, all this fun, and Tbogg hasn’t even finished walking the boys yer.

  85. 85
    ruemara says:

    HI-larious. I don’t even need to see the video, because I can tell from the starting frame that it isn’t Bono. How fucking derp can you be? Oh, wait, it’s a Breitbrat. Never mind, that shit is infinite.

  86. 86
    dr. bloor says:

    Oh my, all this fun, and Tbogg hasn’t even finished walking the boys yet.

  87. 87
    dr. bloor says:

    Oh my, all this fun, and Tbogg hasn’t even finished walking the boys yet.

  88. 88
    joeyess says:

    I can’t wait for Tbogg to get a hold of this one. He loves the juicy, low-hanging fruit that is Jason Mattera

  89. 89
    NCSteve says:

    Shame on you, Betty Cracker. Shame! This person is calling himself Bono and is wearing glasses like Bono and sounds a little bit like Bono. So saying this isn’t an interview with Bono is clearly a lie. Indeed, I Declare it Lie of the Year and give it four pinnochios and a pants on fire on the lieometer, five finger wags and a whole page of tsk-tsks and tut tuts. Shame! Oh shame!

  90. 90
    joeyess says:

    @ruemara: Mattera is far more than a derp and a breittard, he’s been a laughing stock for quite sometime now, proving that this country excels in only one thing these days: Failing upward.

  91. 91
    Mino says:

    Jeb! Bush just endorsed Romney, supposedly because he figgured they wouldn’t get anyone better at this late date.

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    chopper says:

    i love how this choad is all talking about how he’s such a big fan of U2 but then he clearly can’t tell that he’s talking to a guy who totes isn’t bono.

    yeah, big fan.

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    Nemesis says:

    The Ireland connection?

    Ireland is bankrupt. Its the fault of the soshulist euro-nanny state. All workers should suffer by paying higher taxes for less in return from services. U2 have shirked their responsibility as Irish citizens by not paying their fair share of taxes. Hence, Bono is ebul.

    Bono is a rock star, which means he is leftist. Case closed.

    Why cant you people see the obvious connections? Like Soros and reeducation camps.

  94. 94
    Auldblackjack says:

    Ireland has become a tax haven for multi-national corporations with it’s 12.5% corporate tax rate. Why would Bono & the boyos support a government with those kind of tax rates. Surely all the wingnuts ‘smart’ enough to figure out that their insurance rates and tax payments are ‘unfairly inflated when they are ‘forced to pay for the birth control of sluts’ would know that U2’s taxes would be going almost directly into some multi-natonal’s CEO’s back pocket if they continued to operate the business out of Dublin?

  95. 95
    Dave says:

    I hope Jason takes this hard-hitting journalism to Hollywood Boulevard in LA. That place is teeming with celebrities just waiting to be interviewed.

  96. 96
    Shawn in ShowMe says:

    Jason Mattera still hasn’t found who he’s looking for.

    Sorry, I couldn’t help myself.

  97. 97
    handy says:

    Not-so-Breitbarts want to nail down sanctimonious, narcissistic rockstar as a hypocrite. /Golfclap

  98. 98
    handy says:


    Indeed. Just be careful when approaching Catwoman.

  99. 99
    JoyceH says:

    Is this guy really a Bono impersonator, or is he just some random guy that the interviewer thinks is Bono?

  100. 100
    gnomedad says:


    in the meantime, right-wing terrorism

    I’ve already seen a winger comment somewhere (can’t place it, sorry) to the effect that was done by some liberal who thought Davis was not liberal enough.

  101. 101
    joeyess says:

    Here’s what happens when you ambush Chris Rock at a film festival.

    You get beat like a ponce Brooklyn schoolboy.

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    After watching the video, Senator Kyl’s spokesman declared that it was not intended to be an actual Bono.

  103. 103
    Quaker in a Basement says:

    Wait! We haven’t done a forensic analysis of the audio kerning yet!

  104. 104
    Legalize says:

    What the? That guy looks nothing like Bono.

  105. 105
    rea says:

    The funny thing about that video–the impersonator, as far as I can see, never says he’s Bono. Asked about U2’s finances, he quite appropriately repeatedly says things like, “I don’t know about that . . . I don’t control that . . . it’s not my copmpany.” He’s telling the complete truth . . .

  106. 106
    Bubblegum Tate says:

    HAHAHAHAHAHA! Jason Mattera can’t even rise to the level of James O’Keefe. Which is like not being able to rise to the level of the ocean floor.

  107. 107
    redshirt says:

    “Am I buggin’ you? Don’t mean to BUG ya!”

  108. 108
    stratplayer says:

    Wow! How many consecutive embarrassing fails is it for the Breitbrats now? Breitbart‘s new set of moldering mates must be calling him Ol’ Pinwheel Andy by now.

  109. 109
    joeyess says:

    @trex: Never get out of the boat.

  110. 110
    GregB says:

    This was planned at the highest levels. It is obvious this was a ratfucking operation run out of Chicagoland and the Rahmbo and Bill Ayers were behind this cruel attack on a brave young culture warrior like Mattera.

    I think Mattera deserves a purple heart bandage for the flack he’s taken in this vile Obama hit.

    These things don’t just happen. Look at what they did to Dear El Rushbo?

    Coincidence? I think not.

  111. 111

    From the Blaze link:

    Mattera has been referred to as “DC’s Bad Boy Reporter,” and criticized in some quarters for his tactics.

    Let me fix that:

    Mattera has been referred to as “DC’s Bad Boy Reporter,” and criticized in some quarters for his tactics. Some of those tactics include trying to pass off interviews with impersonators as breaking news.


  112. 112
    bemused says:


    Too funny.

  113. 113
    AA+ Bonds says:

    Everything owns

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    Dave says:

    I love how the Bono impersonator keeps a straight face through all of this and just says “I didn’t do that,” and “I don’t have any control over that.” Of course he doesn’t–he’s not Bono!

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    Tom65 says:

    I’m sure the fact that it was an impersonator is central to Mattera’s point. Or something.

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    AA+ Bonds says:

    We dont need people we only need trolls

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    dj spellchecka says:

    the comment thread at ebaum is funny too…every time someone points out that it’s not bono they get voted thumbs down

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    Annapolitan says:

    Jason should have looked at the autograph. It was signed “I’m an impersonator, Douchebag!”

    Does anybody ask for autographs these days? Especially the media?

  119. 119
    Don says:

    That boys’as dumb as a bag of hammers.

  120. 120
    PaulW says:

    There are Bono Impersonators? I mean, yeah for Elvis and Cher and maybe a few others, but Bono?! There’s money in that sort of thing?

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    philpm says:

    @Auldblackjack: See, all those children they talk about in the blurb at the end are the kids of those billionaires who’ve set up shop in Ireland who, without Bono’s tax money, won’t be able to afford their next jar of caviar and the spring break trip to St. Tropez.

  122. 122
    Jess says:

    But what does it say about Bono that JM THOUGHT this was Bono? Huh? Huh? Try to spin THAT away, LIEberals!

  123. 123
    Argive says:

    Charles Johnson points out that not only did Mattera screw up royally in this case, but the Breitbart people still haven’t fixed the millions of dead links resulting from their recent website re-design. Ah, schadenfreude.

  124. 124

    Uno, Dos, Trece, Catorce!

    What is the number of times Jason Mattera has made an ass of himself?

    Yeah! Yeah! Yeah! Yeah! Yeah! Yeah!

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    KS in MA says:

    @Foobar: Maybe he can find a Mitt imitator to interview.

  126. 126
    Patricia Kayden says:

    The video is so funny! Just got to watch it (was at work when I first saw the post).

    Thanks Brightfart for the posthumous laughs.

  127. 127
    Phoenician in a time of Romans says:

    Oh God – The Blaze still has the transcript for the interview. With the one little piece of knowledge that this is NOT Bono, it’s fucking hilarious.

    Mattera: By dodging taxes on royalties are you raiding the poverty programs you purport to champion?

    NOT Bono: No.

    Mattera: No? Don’t you want governments to be generous with other people’s money and not yours?

    NOT Bono: I don’t have control over that…

    Mattera: How do you not have control over that? It’s your company. Are you not in charge of your own company?

    NOT Bono: It’s not my company.

    Mattera: You have no say in what U2 does?

    NOT Bono: Not particularly.

    Mattera: You don’t? You don’t have a say in what U2 does?

    NOT Bono: No.

    Mattera: You’re the front man of your band, which has made you hundreds of millions of dollars … you have no idea why it moved from Ireland to Holland?

    NOT Bono: I don’t have that answer.

    Mattera: It wasn’t take advantage of a much lower tax rate?

    NOT Bono: I don’t have that answer.

    Mattera: You are seriously going to say that you don’t have that answer?

    NOT Bono: I don’t have that answer.

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    Mister Papercut says:

    @Quaker in a Basement:

    Wait! We haven’t done a forensic analysis of the audio kerning yet!

    I heard that if you pull this fake Bono into Illustrator you’ll see he’s an obvious forgery made up of layers.

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    Polar Bear Squares says:

    I’m tall and black with a receding hairline. Do you think if I followed Jason around enough he’d think I was Eric Holder?

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    danimal says:

    I didn’t think I would get more laughs off of this story until I saw this Kaplan interview of the Bono impersonator.

    After looking at some of Mattera’s work, Sfera noted, “He’s like those guys that did that whole ACORN thing.”

    Breitbart’s legacy! lol

  131. 131
    lou says:

    Guess the morons also didn’t get the memo that Bono is considered one of their good guys. He prayed with Jesse Helms!

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