Prankster Tricks InfoWars Into Reporting That CNN Is About To Release A Tape Of Trump Saying The N-Word

Buzzfeed reports:

A man based in Scotland has revealed to BuzzFeed News how he tricked the right-wing conspiracy site Infowars into publishing a completely fake report about president-elect Donald Trump. Markus Muir, a 27-year-old marketing professional from Glasgow, sent direct messages on Twitter to Infowars editor-at-large Paul Joseph Watson claiming BuzzFeed News and CNN were due to release harmful footage of Trump.

The report, which has now been shared over 15,000 times on Facebook, directly quoted the messages, which claimed the footage of Trump showed him using the n-word in a previously unseen outtake of The Apprentice. Muir, who claimed in the messages to work for NBC, has revealed he was the single source for the report in the form of an account which he set up solely for the prank. He said Watson did not ask for any evidence that he worked for NBC or about how he gained the information.

It was not until after the Infowars report was published that Muir contacted BuzzFeed News in New York and revealed his role in it. To verify his claims and view his messages with Watson, a reporter then met Muir in person in Scotland.

At this writing the InfoWars story is still live on their site. Hit the link for screenshots of the messages shared between the prankster and Watson.buzztroll

  • Rebecca Gardner

    I only connect to the net via a VPN. I think I need to place my IP in Russia, set up a fake twitter account as an RT employee and start trolling InfoWars, StormFront, NOM,et al.

    This story has given me lots of ideas. Anyone care to join me?

    • Frostbite

      I didn’t know InfoWars, StormFront, etc. could even spell IP let alone knew what it meant.

      • lattebud

        The Russians do that hard lifting for them

      • JCF

        Oh, I think you’d be surprised how many are into “I P(ee)”.

    • Sam_Handwich

      here’s your name in Cyrillic alphabet

      Ребецца Гарднер

      • Todd Allis


        Source: Searching for the name on Wikipedia in Russian. 🙂

    • DaddyRay

      Here is a site that will help you generate your Fake Russian Name

      • Rebecca Gardner

        It generated Eva Ignatyeva (Ева Игнатьева)

      • JR

        Back in the day, my hubby and friends were all sitting around playing cards, drinking and started a game of making up drag queen names for themselves. Being a dancer, hubby dubbed himself:

        Felicia Ballzoff.

        • Bob Conti

          Mine’s Anita Valium. Now, more than ever.

        • Acronym Jim

          My drag name is Madame Legge Betiqia, but my friends just shorten it to Leggy Betty.

    • Kim K’s Kute Koochy✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

      Paul Joseph Watson is a joke ! I’m definitely gonna troll them this wkend

    • Clive Johnson

      One idea to toss in the hopper, one I’ve used in the past: You can convince a frightening number of people that something is legitimate if it has a URL connected with a legitimate website. People don’t often read links anyway. Merely referencing a link artificially inflates a claim.

      The technique: Take an established site like the conservative Now, concoct some inane and preposterous story like Obama Plans on Heading Up a Mosque in DC. The URL then becomes, say,

      When you post it, it helps to claim that the link was active just earlier in the day, but now it’s taken down for some [conspiratorial, dark, suspicious] reason.

      I actually stopped doing this because I realized that people on breitbart would buy almost anything I would throw at them.

    • ColdCountry

      That sounds like fun, but the voice in my head that sounds just like my mother says it will only serve to further tangle the already hopeless weave of real and fake news, and possibley to make people either more gullible, or less likely to believe anything.

    • Bob Conti
      • Snarky

        Ees moose and sqvirrel!

  • Joe in PA

    Totally believable to me. Srsly.

  • Sam_Handwich

    What do we want? THE PISS TAPES!

    When do we want them? TOMORROW MORNING!

    • Gustav2

      The first time I have EVER said that! LOL

    • WitlessProtection

      I usually want mine right after we are finished, but if you need to do some editing and deliver them in the AM I am OK with that…

    • lattebud

      Split screen during his inauguration.

      • JCF

        Piss screen?

    • Hryflex

      “What’s that watermelon doing there?”

  • disqus_Qm7Y1t9k8U

    Am I the only one who doesn’t really understand what the point of this was?

    • Ernest Endevor

      No. I don’t get it either.

    • ColdCountry

      Probably just to see if he could. And/or to point out to anyone who hadn’t noticed *eyeroll* that Info Wars is unreliable, substandard, hysterical, non-journalistic trash.

  • Bared Bear

    It won’t make a dent in his supporters’ thick heads.

    • lattebud

      “But I read it on the internet” “I saw on Facebook…”

  • KnownDonorDad

    Perfct. Sokal the fake news sites.

  • Michael R

    Like the religious they don’t need facts , they only have to believe something is true ,
    it certainly sets them up for humiliation .

    • ColdCountry

      You can’t make someone feel humiliation. If that were the case, both Conway and Trump would have shut up and slunk off ages ago.

  • Jean-Marc in Canada

    Where InfoWars is concerned, nothing surprises me.

  • dcurlee

    Isn’t the first thing in good journalism is check the story then check again

    • barrixines

      Where exactly do you think Infowars checked the story about counting the number of flies around Hillary’s/Obama’s head to confirm their demonic possession? I would have thought it a prerequisite for any story on Infowars not to be checked anywhere in fear of colliding with reality.

      Having said that it seems completely pointless trolling this nutcase.

      • dcurlee

        Yep he’s dealing with enough demons as it is lol

    • Exatron

      That’s what makes this so funny. And we could do it again and again with no downsides.

    • David Walker

      Yes. So there we are.

  • whollyfool

    I’m not a huge fan of Tucker Carlson, but I really enjoyed this clip of him and the hoaxer who claimed to be hiring protesters.

    • Uncle Mark

      Tucker Carlson is a moronic, whiny pantywaist. I’m sure you could make him wet his pants and curl up in the fetal position just by showing him a picture of Jon Stewart.

      • Jerry

        Yeah, and it appears the hoaxer was still just trolling him…by the end of the interview he said, “I still can’t believe you would have me on your show.” And the intentionally funny bit about wanting amnesty for “Julian Assange, Edward Snowden, and Peyton Manning”.

  • greenmanTN

    I’m glad he did it but convincing Alex Jones of some stupid conspiracy is like shooting fish in a barrel. I mean he thinks cornflakes are a diabolical plot!

    • cheakamus

      You should read up on the history of cornflakes! Hint: created to curb masturbation, among other things.

      • greenmanTN

        I thought that was Graham Crackers, but they had a lot of nutso beliefs, but all I really know about it is from “Road To Wellvile.

        • the graham crackers haven’t helped me.
          at all.

          • greenmanTN

            We can be pretty incorrigible. So wheat crackers and a dab of saltpeter is going to make me less horny?

            Yeah, well good luck that.

  • Halou

    Good on him for choosing BuzzFeed to make the revelation. The Trumpanzees now have to either walk back their earlier statements about the site or accept that “Donald is not a racist” is just another piece of fake news.

    • marshlc

      But they won’t do anything of the sort – logical, rational, thought is not where they operate. No Trumpster is going to think “Hmm, these two things cannot logically both be true, so one must be false”. No, he just thinks “This just proves that the libtards are a bunch of liars”.

      All this does is make people distrust all news, and only believe what they want to believe.

  • If anyone out there still has a Trump tape then they need to eat shit and die. It’s too late. Unless it’s a tape of him committing a felony it does not matter.

    • Acronym Jim

      Three words: “underage” “Russian” “prostitutes.”

      Okay, four: “piss”

  • David Walker

    I continue to be proud of my Scottish heritage.

  • andrew

    Chances are good that if a person believes that demons actually exist, you can convince them of almost anything.

  • Acronym Jim

    Is Markus Muir’s pseudonym “Dom Tullipso?”

  • Tempus Fuggit


  • TheManicMechanic

    Like fish in a barrel.

  • marshlc

    Yeah, it’s funny. And to any thinking person it proves what did not really need proving – that Infowars is not even remotely anything resembling a journalistic endeavour, or a news site.

    But in the long run, this type of thing is harmful, and works against what we want, which is a world where everyone doesn’t get to make up his own “facts”.

    This won’t prove to an Infowars listener that Infowars can’t be trusted, but that news against Trump can’t be trusted. Or that news in general can’t be trusted. And lord knows they are far enough along that road already, no need to push them further

  • JCF

    Info Wars trafficking in fake news? Say it ain’t so! /s
    [Sticker posted (twice: I removed, then some asshole re-posted) to sign inside my condo complex, October 2016]

  • wds

    Considering the amount of fake c**p Alex has passed along as truth over the last few years … this is great!!! Of course, he’ll be so angry the veins in his chubby neck will pop out!! LOL