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Oops! Jason Mattera Duped by Bono Impersonator - Attempt to Ambush U2 Star Backfires

Mar 22, 2012
Is this the real Bono? (Hint - it is, see the fake Bono in the video below)

Jason Mattera, a conservative video journalist, interviewed a man he thought was U2's Bono, but was instead was an impersonator.

It appears the conservative activist was ready for a bit of ambush journalism, he wanted to quiz Bono about U2's taxes, particularly about moving money to Holland for a lower tax base.

Next time - he may want to check for ID.

The man the activist was questioning was not Bono, but a Bono lookalike named Pavel Sfera.

Now the journalist is left with a bit of egg on his face, and the video has been pulled from it's original source.

According to the NY Times, a note on Glenn Beck’s Web site, The Blaze, explains that “The original story has been removed, and the Jason Mattera videos have now been moved to ‘private’ on YouTube.”

The video is still online and we have it below, here is some of the back-and-forth.

Keep in mind, the reporter is Mr. Mattera and the Bono impersonator is Mr. Sfera.

The interview...

Mr. Mattera: Hey, by dodging taxes on royalties, are you raiding the poverty programs you purport to champion?

Mr. Sfera: No.

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

Mr. Sfera: I don’t have control of that.

Mr. Mattera: But you moved your shop from Ireland to Holland… to get a better –

Mr. Sfera: I didn’t.

Mr. Mattera: You didn’t? Your company did it.

Mr. Sfera: I didn’t do it…. I don’t have control over that….

Mr. Mattera: How do you not have control over that? It’s your company.

Mr. Sfera: It’s not my company.

Mr. Mattera: You’re not in charge of your own company?

Mr. Sfera: It’s not my company.

Mr. Mattera: You have no say in what U2 does?

Mr. Sfera: Not particularly.

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

Mr. Sfera: No.

Watch below.

(Image: WENN)

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