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Who is 'Rep. Jack Kimble'?

Correction: This post originally reported that TechPresident issued a correction regarding Rep. Jack Kimble. TechPresident reported about The Huffington Post's correction.

Jack Kimble is not a member of Congress.

Washington Post columnist Jonathan Capehart learned this the hard way. Capehart made the mistake of referring to Kimble in a Monday night post as if he were an elected member of Congress.

Capehart's post Monday night read:

Why have the wars cost so much under Obama?" tweeted @RepJackKimble (R-Calif.) at 7:40am on Sept. 2. "Check the budgets, Bush fought 2 wars w/o costing taxpayers a dime." This stunning bit of fiscal ignorance earned him a tart barnyard expletive from @MWJ1231. But that exchange only highlighted the need to remind folks that the soaring deficits that have freaked them out -- and rightly so -- didn't get started with the inauguration of President Obama.

But Kimble is not a member of Congress; he just plays one on a blog, YouTube and on a Twitter account from which this particular tweet originated. Capehart issued a correction early Tuesday morning, writing;

The Twitterer RepJackKimble cited below is not a real member of Congress. The budget deficits are real deficits.

The fictional Kimble claims to be from California's 54th district -- California only has 53 districts -- and his twitter page is adorned with corporate logos including Cargill, Fidelity Investments and Toys R' Us. At first glance, Kimble's posts appear to be in line with conservative ideology, but they are in fact subtle digs at the conservative movement. Like this tweet posted to Kimble's Twitter account on Monday:

Notice that as long as Obama spoke, he refused to address allegations that Michelle had canceled White House Christmas

According to the blog The Political Carnival, Kimble's alter ego is the author of the blog That's Right Nate, where you can find a Kimble campaign commercial.

The Post's Capehart is not the first to be taken in by the ruse. The Huffington Post has also cited Kimble as a real member of Congress only to later issue a correction.

By Emi Kolawole  |  September 7, 2010; 10:48 AM ET
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Why bother with the facts if you can slander the republicans? Oh wait, that's standard operating for certain journalists!

Posted by: surgres | September 10, 2010 10:33 AM | Report abuse

Yet again, Washington Post "journalism" at its finest!

Posted by: bwilliams1 | September 9, 2010 4:31 PM | Report abuse

Nate Peele (and Jack Kimble) are the product of my genius brother. He is 44, lives in Chicago, loves the White Sox, and supports his union. I am very, very proud.

Posted by: natessister | September 8, 2010 2:45 PM | Report abuse

I'm not really sure how a reporter such as Mr. Capehart could look at that page and not know it was fake. Even if he didn't realize it immediately and was planning to base an article on a tweet from a Congressman that he had clearly never heard of, wouldn't you do maybe 2 minutes of background research on them? It's not grueling work to google someone quickly.

This is either incredibly lazy or just journalistic incompetence. Neither reflects well on the reporter or the newspaper.

Posted by: tmp23 | September 7, 2010 12:29 PM | Report abuse

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