Chattanooga opinion editor a victim of fake tweets

People were surprised to see what conservative columnist Drew Johnson was tweeting to @tcpr (Tennessee Center for Policy Research) followers on Saturday after being named opinion editor of the Chattanooga Times Free Press.

—> “Edit page promotion brainstorm: Me & two buxom playmate types dressed as mermaids crash aquarium throw papers around & swim with dolphins,” read one tweet, supposedly from TCPR founder Johnson.

And then this one:

“Looking forward to working w/ @kateharrisontfp. Easy on the eyes. Now, @timesfreepress editors can’t bang photogs but what about reporters?”

You’d think the messages would set off b.s. detectors everywhere, but one Tennessee journalist apparently was convinced that Johnson was responsible for them and wrote: “Judging by his tweets, @tcpr may get fired before he writes his first @TimesFreePress op-ed. Completely out of line.”

Johnson, who also writes for Newsmax, learned of the hoax account on Saturday night and was forced to set up his own Twitter account to let people know he wasn’t @tcpr and to post his own opinions.

“@TCPR is not me. Please ignore any ridiculous things the impostor acct is saying,” he tweeted on Sunday.

The Times Free Press reports:

Johnson said he has some suspicions about who is behind the bogus account.

“When your job is to be a watchdog and tell the truth about politicians, you make a few enemies,” he Tweeted under his newly created account. He has contacted Twitter about getting the bogus account removed, but it may take a few days.

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* From 2008: Johnson fancies himself as a muckraking freedom fighter (Nashville Scene)