After a public dustup on FishbowlDC yesterday, The Daily Caller‘s TV reporter Jeff Poor is going after the real identity of Mediaite‘s White House Correspondent Tommy Christopher. Guess that’s what happens when you call a media reporter like Poor a “homophobic piece of shit” as Christopher did yesterday.

But it isn’t all about revenge. There are also the facts. “Tommy Christopher” (pictured at left) is not “Christopher’s” real name, but a pen name he created to match that of his son who wanted to be an actor. Another reason Christopher created the name was for safety — apparently the reporter gets death threats. A third reason he created the name: Another writer already had the real one.

The story by Poor (pictured at right) reports that Christopher must sign into the White House by his real name. It also calls on readers to take guesses on what Christopher’s real name is. Poor said he wasn’t aware that Christopher wrote under a pen name until he was tipped off yesterday. “If ‘Tommy’ really wants to be play in the big leagues as a Washington, D.C. journalist, he ought to man-up and start using his real name, or go back to selling men’s suits,” Poor told FBDC this morning.

Christopher said he wasn’t contacted by Poor for the story. Mediaite‘s new spectacularly named Senior Editor Ferdinando Di Fino (a.k.a. “Nando”) is quoted extensively in the piece. We’ve reached out to both for comment. Di Fino replied, “The only thing I’m angered by in this entire affair is having to comment on these Tommy name stories that keep popping up. I’m trying to edit a site, write stories, manage a staff, send out tweets, pull videos, scour C-SPAN for penis mentions, and it’s a constant barrage about what I consider to be some trivial bullshit.” See more after the jump…

Read Poor’s story here.

We posed three poignant questions to “Christopher” on the matter, one involving a strong possibility of his real name…

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