Menu

Home » Fact Checking»

(Credit: Twitter, screenshot)

Journalists including New York Times public editor Margaret Sullivan were tricked by a phony Twitter account posing as author Philip Roth, the New York Observer reported.  Sullivan later tweeted about having “mistook” the spoof tweeter “for the real thing.”

The phony account, @PhilipRothOffic, didn’t exist when iMediaEthics checked Jan. 1.  But, the New York Times reported that journalist Tommasso Debenedetti was later identified as running the Twitter account and pointed to the Guardian‘s March article on Debenedetti’s various Twitter hoaxes including wrongly claiming the pope, Fidel Castro and others had died.

You May Also Like...

Sun Reporter Paid Cop $35K for stories including Fake Airport Story

Hat Tip: Jim Romenesko

Submit a tip / Report a problem

Was Journalist Hoaxer Behind Fake Philip Roth Twitter Account?

Share this article:

Comments Terms and Conditions

  • We reserve the right to edit/delete comments which harass, libel, use coarse language and profanity.
  • We moderate comments especially when there is conflict or negativity among commenters.
  • Leave a Reply

    Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *