Politico Falls For "Pro-Hillary" Hoax

Oops! Former Observer reporter Ben Smith, who now has a blog for The Politico that’s a favorite of campaign junkies, wrote a post earlier today about this "independent pro-Hillary site," which offers to pay people $1 for every pro-Hillary comment they post online. He declared the site "the worst idea of the cycle."

Problem is, the site’s a parody — as posts like this one, on the benefits of dictatorship, or this one, which urges supporters to put Hillary bumper stickers on strangers’ cars, make clear.

To be fair to Mr. Smith, many other people, including some of his own commenters and a blogger at DailyKos, also fell for it. He’s since posted an update acknowledging the mistake.