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BBC duped by man claiming to be Cory Booker, bluffs way into Khashoggi interview

A trickster claiming to be New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker bluffed his way into a BBC radio interview on the homicide of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, in accordance to a red-faced apology from the British outlet and tweets from confused listeners.

“In our Newshour radio programme on Friday, a man claiming to be Senator Cory Booker was interviewed in what seems to be a deliberate hoax,” the BBC stated in an announcement. “We have now apologized to Senator Booker and are wanting into what went unsuitable to be sure it doesn’t occur once more.”

The BBC famous that the interview solely aired one time, on Feb. 26, and all traces of it appear to have been scrubbed from the outlet’s web site.

That one airing, nevertheless, instantly caught the eye of listeners who — in contrast to the present’s producers — noticed proper via the try to impersonate the Backyard State Democrat.

“@CoryBooker did you do an interview in the present day with the BBC discussing the Khashoggi killing?” tweeted one person on Feb. 26. “Somebody sounding nothing such as you and with out your speech sample was claiming to be you in the present day.”

The homepage of BBC Newshour features an apology for the broadcast interview
The homepage of BBC “Newshour” options an apology for the printed interview.

Added one other person, “I’m unsure who the BBC World Service simply interviewed on Newshour about US relations with Saudi Arabia, but it surely positively wasn’t Senator Cory Booker…”

It was not instantly clear who was behind the prank.

The actual Booker didn’t instantly reply to a request for remark.

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