Friday, June 08, 2007

Your media, worth what you pay for it.

SFGate's lead story at this hour is an AP piece by Linda Deutsch about Paris Hilton's appearance in court today:

Paris Hilton was taken from a courtroom screaming and crying Friday seconds after a judge ordered her returned to jail to serve out her entire 45-day sentence for a probation violation in a reckless driving case.

"It's not right!" shouted the weeping Hilton. "Mom!" she called out to her mother in the audience.

Hilton, who was brought to court in handcuffs in a sheriff's car, came into the courtroom disheveled and weeping. Her hair was askew and she wore a gray fuzzy sweatshirt over slacks. She wore no makeup and she cried throughout the hearing.

Her body also shook constantly as she dabbed at her eyes. Several times she turned to her parents who were seated behind her in the courtroom and mouthed the words, "I love you."

Many of Hilton's several dozen supporters outside the courthouse appeared devastated.

"No! No! No!" Jake Byrd of Chino screamed as a court spokesman delivered the news to reporters outside court.

It continues, but I didn't. I thought, "what a loser," and wondered about Jake Byrd of Chino. With some help from Google, it turns out that Wikipedia has the story:

Anthony Barbieri

Anthony ("Tony") Barbieri is an American comedy writer whose work has appeared on television programs such as Crank Yankers and the Jimmy Kimmel Live show.

Born in Framingham, Massachusetts, his long-running Monroe series has appeared in more than 100 issues of Mad Magazine.

Jake Byrd

On the Jimmy Kimmel Live show, one of the things Barbieri is best known for is insinuating himself into major news stories, as a fictitious character. Among other names, he has called himself Jake Byrd when doing this. He has successfully fooled major media outlets, including The New York Times and Court TV.

One of his most recent famous stunts was posing as an obsessed fan at the 2005 trial of Michael Jackson. During the arraignment of Michael Jackson he fooled The New York Times. During jury deliberations, he similarly fooled Court TV, as the same character, with the same back story ([1]). The Jake Byrd character ostensibly works in a pet store in southern California.

He was heard screaming "No, No, No, No!" at the Paris Hilton News conference, when Paris Hilton was sent back to Jail for driving on a suspended License, on June 8th, 2007 and was referred to in news reports (without any mention of the fact that he was "performing") ([2]).

Nice work, Mr. Barbieri. Ms. Deutsch, try again.

Thanks for explaining about 'Byrd'. His screaming sounded so fake to me I knew there was more to the story than him just being a stupid Parisite fan.
This is an excellent find. Well-done. And, of course, the Byrd bit is genius as well.
Actually, this was one of the funniest stunts I've seen to date. At first I thought it was just a passerby, perhaps someone who had an appearance at LA county court that day, and wanted to poke fun at the Paris Hilton frenzy.

But while watching ABC's JKL Friday night found out it was Jake Bryd. I got to see their video shot from a different angle.

I loved it!!!

On YouTube you can the hear the other ligit reporters covering this 'story' shout back at Byrd to "Shut up!". Which, interestingly, was edited out from the local news rebroadcast so all the viewer heard was either a real upset fan or a clown. ; )
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