Jason Mattera Bono

March 22, 2012 by staff 

Jason Mattera Bono, Jason Mattera, editor at large at Human Events, is famous for rough-and-tumble journalism. Last year he created a sensation when he pulled something of a fast one on Vice President Biden. He distracted the veep by pretending he wanted to pose for a picture with him. Once Biden was in close, he started firing tough questions at him.

Mattera has been back on the video beat of late, or so it would appear. Here is a page on that addresses a piece that Mattera had done for, in which he’d cornered Bono at an event and grilled the star about his band’s approach to paying taxes. The U2 icon was heavily criticized last year for his record on this front. appears to be bailing on the story, per an editor’s note: ”Last night, we removed an article about Bono at the request of the videographer who had provided the links to the videos upon which the article had been based.” An editor’s note on offers more detail on the whole affair:

Editor’s note: The original story has been removed and the Jason Mattera videos have now been moved to “private” on YouTube. There is widespread discussion on Twitter that the person Mattera interviewed in the videos may have been a Bono impersonator.
Enjoy some of that Twitter traffic:

So was Mattera duped?

Yes, he says: “I got punked. I thought I got Bono. I didn’t. I got his impersonator apparently. Hats off to him. He got me — and how!” writes Mattera in an e-mail that speaks to his sense of accountability. “After scores of interviews with big-time politicians and celebrities, I finally got had. It was bound to happen sooner or later. On the bright side, if I’m gonna get had as good as I did, it might as well be in pursuit of one of the greatest rockers ever. While we’re on the subject of me getting snookered, I’m now left to ponder: was that really Vice President Joe Biden I talked to?”

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