|Jim Hoft (left, wearing glasses) pretends to be an Occupy sympathizer|
[Cross-posted at Crooks and Liars.]
It's already pretty well established that Jim Hoft is the wingnutosphere's most brazenly dishonest blogger, which really is saying something, considering the competition.
It's not just that he's been trying to characterize neo-Nazi killers as liberal Occupy types. After all, this is a guy who immediately claimed that Obama's birth certificate was a hoax, who heavily promoted the Kenneth Gladney "beaten by SEIU thugs" hoax, and who spins conspiracy theories out of groaningly stupid mistakes on his part.
So this past weekend he just continued the tradition of towering mendacity. He came out to Providence, RI, and invaded the Netroots Nation convention. He was seen hanging out with James O'Keefe, and they evidently wanted to dig up dirt on the Netroots folks. (You can judge for yourself the results of his "investigation", but we won't pay for the shower you'll want to take afterward.)
Our friend devtob saw Hoft walk over to the little cluster of Occupy protesters who had gathered across the street from the convention center. It was obvious that he wanted to get the Occupy folks to say something outrageous, so he pretended to be one of them, even going so far as to hold up a "Tax the 1%" sign and chant along. Witnesses who were there said Hoft was saying outrageous things and trying to get the Occupy folks to agree with him. They refused to take the bait.
Good on them. And shame on Hoft. Though of course he has no conception of that.
(Thanks to devtob for passing along this photo.)