On October 31, 2011, Mediaite reported on a humorous trend in the conservative blogosphere: bloggers citing fake quotes from a satirical column in Canada’s Globe and Mail.
Over the last week, bloggers, emailers, commenters, and posters have shared the words of a 38 year-old slacker Toronto resident named Jeremy, who took part in the Occupy Toronto protests:
“It’s weird protesting on Bay Street. You get there at 9 a.m. and the rich bankers who you want to hurl insults at and change their worldview have been at work for two hours already. And then when it’s time to go, they’re still there. I guess that’s why they call them the one per cent. I mean, who wants to work those kinds of hours? That’s the power of greed.”
What they don’t realize is that the quote was one of many featured in a satirical piece by The Toronto Globe and Mail’s Mark Schatzker. 38 year-old Jeremy doesn’t exist.
It turns out that bloggers weren’t the only ones duped.
During a radio interview on October 28, Rick Perry cited this very same 38-year-old “Jeremy.” American Bridge caught it on tape. Take a look:
Published: Nov 1, 2011