“Mark Hertsgaard, from Politico.”
Lying, or at the very least, misrepresenting your credentials – in this case, your place of employment – is not something you should do when speaking to elected officials, especially savvy ones who have a camera nearby.
This is not an ambush video, as the ambush is the interview itself. Instead, the video captured by a staffer shows the would-be “journalist” attempting to confront U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe, R-Okla., about climate change. Regardless of your personal feelings on the subject of climate change, the video provides a real-time lesson in what NOT to do as a blogger, citizen journalist, reporter, or policy flak.
Dan Berman, energy editor at Politico, told The Daily Caller that while Hertsgaard has written one opinion article for them, he was not and is not affiliated with Politico.
“Mr. Hertsgaard is not a POLITICO reporter or employee and we have asked him not to portray himself as one,” Berman wrote in an e-mail to The DC.