Reporter “Punked” by Bono Impersonator in Ambush Interview

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A "gotcha" interview with Bono has gone viral, only the person being interviewed is not actually the internationally known pop icon. He is longtime Bono impersonator Pavel Sfera. Jason Mattera, a conservative writer and reporter best known for his ambush-style interviews with politicians, thought he had nailed U2's frontman, Bono, by asking him hard-hitting questions about alleged tax evasion in Ireland.

At an event in Los Angeles, Mattera begins by asking the impersonator for an autograph, unaware that the man is not Bono. Mattera asks a series of questions about U2 and Bono's role in the alleged tax evasion the group has been accused of. Sfera plays along with the interview, but Mattera still does not seem to notice that Sfera is an impersonator even though he gives short, soft-voiced responses to all the questions. The real Bono is known for being outspoken and relatively forthcoming with information.

The video was posted on a number of conservative websites -- including, a website Mattera regularly contributes to -- but has since been removed. Mattera said he was "punked" into believing the impersonator was actually Bono. Sfera said he went along with the interview, because he did not think Mattera was being "legitimate and fair."


The 100th anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic is fast approaching, and now never-before-seen images are being released to the public. The high-resolution images will make their official debut in National Geographic's April 2012 issue, "Titanic, What Really Happened."

Scientists at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution in Massachusetts took months to produce the latest images using sonar technology to capture crystal-clear photographs of detailed parts of the wreckage. The ship now rests on the ocean bed, and previous images have been able to capture only bits and pieces of the ship in darkness without a lot of detail. These new pictures include imagery of the bow and stern in ways that have never been seen before in pictures. There are also two close-ups of the engine and the first complete view of the top of Titanic's stern.

On Twitter people are calling the images "amazing," "stunning," and "incredible."

More than 1,500 people perished when the Titanic sank on April 15, 1912.