Jen Psaki fake social media account .
The individual opened several accounts on Twitter which were reportedly followed by some White House officials and correspondents, who also exchanged messages with the impostor. The social network has since suspended accounts for violating its identity theft policies.
What do you need to become a member of the White House press corps? Good education, hard work, sharp wit? None of that. It seems like you have to be a good crook.
According to Politico, White House News’ Kacey Montagu has been working as a White House reporter since at least last December, but just this week it turned out that Kacey Montagu does not exist and there is no media. such as White House News.
That didn’t stop the scammer, however, from asking the White House press secretary several questions that touched on a variety of questions ranging from – what ambassadors the Biden administration plans to appoint, to travel bans for them. coronavirus, in response to the president’s reaction to news that Microsoft users have been hacked, Politico reported, citing screenshots of emails and conversations with reporters and White House officials.
How did Montagu cheat on everyone?
According to Politico, a quick guide to becoming a (fake) White House reporter looks like this:
Step 1: gain subscribers
In December, Montagu created two accounts on Twitter – @WHschedule and @WHpoolreport – which shared messages from President Joe Biden, Vice President Kamala Harris, the First Lady and the Second Gentleman. The accounts became very popular and were followed by several White House correspondents and even officials, such as Michael LaRosa, press secretary to Jill Biden and Symone Sanders, senior adviser to Kamala Harris, writes the newspaper.
Step # 2: Make Them Believe You Are Real
As the scammer’s accounts gained more and more followers, he asked the White House Correspondents Association on how to become a pool reporter and wrote to the Biden administration about the need to get a pass for a colleague, who would cover the media briefing in person. .
Step 3: Take advantage of security concerns
Due to the coronavirus pandemic. the number of journalists attending White House press briefings was limited and only 14 people are now present in the room. These people often ask questions sent by their colleagues in the press. Kacey Montagu took advantage of it. They sent White House reporters questions masquerading as their colleague and said due to security regulations it was impossible for him or her to attend the briefing.
Some reporters said that when they did quick checks before deciding to ask the question, they came across a LinkedIn profile for Montagu, who said he was working as a “chief political correspondent” at the WHN at Washington, DC. The account has since been deactivated.
Here’s one of the questions Kacey Montagu sent during a White House press briefing:
“Recently the White House read the appeals and has the names of the people who say ‘Senior Administration Official’, so why isn’t the White House releasing the names of the people in the appeals making these comments? so that they can be retained? accountable to the American people?
Step 4: Be polite and say “ thank you ”
According to Politico, in some cases Kacey Montagu has responded to White House reporters and thanked them for asking questions on their behalf.
The outlet writes that the Montagu scam collapsed on April 8 after Chris Johnson, of Washington’s blade asked about Biden’s relationship with Barack Obama and whether the administration would bring back the unveiling of the presidential portrait. The question was sent by Montagu. Mediaite inquired about the origin of the question and it soon became apparent that Kacey Montagu was not a member of the White House press corps.
Identity of the scammer and his motivation
People who spoke with the bogus reporter assume he or she is a member of the ROBLOX gaming platform, where people call themselves “Legos”. Within this platform, there is a role-playing group called nUSA, whose members pose as government officials. For example, meet the (fake) British Prime Minister Sir William Heseltine…
… Or President Speed of the United States.
Kacey Montagu’s only account remaining on Twitter seems to corroborate the assertion about ROBLOX. The website is mentioned in the profile description.
As to his reasons for pretending to be a member of the White House press corps, the con artist told Politico they believe the work of White House reporters leaves a lot to be desired.
“I love journalism, and I think the press is doing a really bad job right now, so I decided to ensure some transparency and ask questions that some friends and I wanted answered,” Montagu said. .
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