CNN Names Walker Prank Caller 'Most Intriguing Person of the Day'
On Thursday's Newsroom, CNN's Suzanne Malveaux announced that Ian Murphy, the blogger who prank-called Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker by pretending to be billionaire David Koch, was her network's "Most Intriguing Person of the Day." Murphy is the latest liberal hero to receive this designation from CNN.
Malveaux devoted a half-minute segment 21 minutes into the 11 am Eastern hour to the blogger from BuffaloBeast.com, a site co-founded by left-wing Rolling Stone journalist Matt Taibbi:
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MALVEAUX: A blogger whose prank phone call landed a 20-minute conversation with the governor of Wisconsin is our 'Most Intriguing Person of the Day.' He is Ian Murphy, a political writer for the buffalobeast.com. Murphy was able to reach and record the governor by claiming to be billionaire David Koch, a major funder of conservative causes. The conversation is posted at buffalobeast.com.
Despite twice giving the address of Murphy's website, the CNN anchor didn't mention that the writer gave his article on the prank call a vulgar double entendre headline: "Koch Whore."
Just over a year earlier, on February 4, 2010, former CNN anchor Rick Sanchez named Air Force Tech Sgt. Brandon Longcrier his "most intriguing person" for his establishment of a pagan outdoor chapel at the U.S. Air Force Academy. Three months later, on April 13, Sanchez gave this title to Father James Scahill of Massachusetts for his "outspoken [and] gutsy" for his criticism of Pope Benedict XVI, while omitting his dissension from Church teaching on marriage.