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Prank Caller Reveals Walker’s Intent – Pretends to be David Koch

February 23, 2011

UPDATE: Big Ed Schultz on MSNBC is doing his whole show on this fiasco in Wisconsin right now. Can you say, ETHICS VIOLATION!

This is too good to be true, BUT it is! From the Huffington Post is this story today.

Hats off to Ian Murphy of The Buffalo Beast!!! He deserves a special Oscar! http://www.buffalobeast.com/?p=5045

WASHINGTON — The man who pretended to be conservative bankroller David Koch on a prank phone call with Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) said Wednesday that he originally planned to pose as exiled Egypt President Hosni Mubarak but couldn’t perfect the voice.

Ian Murphy, the editor of the Buffalo Beast, told The Huffington Post in an interview that he was “shocked” at how easy it was to get Walker, currently the nation’s most-talked-about governor, on the phone merely by pretending to be a billionaire donor.

“Fifteen minutes in, I wanted to almost stop it and say, ‘Are you so dumb, I’m not David Koch. How can your staff be so incompetent and how could I get on the phone with you so easily,'” Murphy said, barely suppressing his glee. “But I didn’t.”

Instead, Murphy spent an additional five minutes talking to Walker about a host of outlandish proposals and takes on the protests that have erupted around the governor’s anti-union budget legislation. Walker’s office insists that he said nothing on the phone with Murphy that he wouldn’t have said in public, but the governor pitched the Koch impersonator some bizarre plans.

Walker said he wanted to ostensibly trick Democratic lawmakers to return to Wisconsin so that he could call a quorum and quickly pass his bill to strip collective-bargaining rights from the state’s public-employee unions. He also talked openly about putting plants in the crowd of protesters to sway public opinion against their favor.

“He didn’t do it because it was unethical, but because it didn’t work,” Murphy said. “People ask me what was the smoking gun. That’s what I’m saying.”

How the call came to happen provides a window of sorts into how even the most audacious forms of guerrilla journalism — if a prank call can be called that — can affect political debates. Murphy said he came across a Huffington Post article quoting a Democratic state Senator complaining that Walker wouldn’t take his calls.

Part One — it runs ten minutes;

Part Two — The conversation continues: the other man talks about his plans to threaten workers with layoffs, about sowing divisions between the public sector and private sector unions, and the potential for their union busting efforts to spread to other states. “This is our moment,” he tells Murphy when Murphy describes him as “the first domino.”

My note: the “first domino” will be Walker for engaging in influence peddling. Then WE THE PEOPLE will go after the rest of Koch made-men.

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