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“Their Only Strategy Seems to be Picking out the Red M&Ms at the Green Room on Hardball”

CNNEisenstadt_11.30.jpgThe two men who made up the fake John McCain adviser Martin Eisenstadt went on Reliable Sources this morning. Host Howard Kurtz aired a clip from MSNBC in which Eisenstadt was cited as being the source of a leak related to Gov. Sarah Palin. Kurtz asked filmmakers Dan Mirvish and Eitan Gorlin their reaction when MSNBC reported the news.

“I laughed out loud,” Mirvish said. “I mean, the funny part was we hadn’t even actively sent it to MSNBC. We had just posted this on our blog and they had found it on their own. Someone e-mailed it to a producer over there and they put it up. Which is funny because there were times over the course of our various other pranks that we had actively tried to get things onto air and into print but this wasn’t one of them. They just did it all on their own.”

The men also gave their take on the growing list of TV pundits:

KURTZ: Is the lesson here, the way that you guys have been able to pull this off, that the media are awfully gullible?

MIRVISH: That’s part of it. They’re gullible. They’ll believe anyone. If anyone had looked at our videos even for a minute or looked on our Web site, people would have known we were a hoax or a spoof or a satire for months. Just a little bit of research would have proven that out. But the other thing is that the 24 hour news cycle goes so fast and they really – they don’t always check and then the pundits they do have on, they are identified as “Republican strategist” or “Democratic strategist” and their only strategy seems to be picking out the red M&Ms at the green room on HARDBALL. Are these people any more qualified than the fake pundit we developed?

The entire transcript is after the jump…

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“Martin Eisenstadt” Revealed: “If They Were Going To Be Cowards, Then We Figured We May As Well Step In”

eisenstadt_11-12.bmpThe New York Times’ Richard Perez-Pena breaks the news of who Martin Eisenstadt really is. Or rather, who he’s not — an advisor to Sen. John McCain.

Instead, the duo behind the character that caused MSNBC’s David Shuster to report, albeit temporarily, a supposed source of Carl Cameron‘s story about Gov. Sarah Palin are Eitan Gorlin and Dan Mirvish, two filmmakers who have created an elaborate hoax that has lasted for more than a year.

“To be very clear, no, we were not the source for Carl Cameron and never spoke to him,” Mirvish tells TVNewser. “We took credit for his anonymous sourcing. If they were going to be cowards, then we figured we may as well step in.”

How did they come up with the name Martin Eisenstadt? “All the neocons in the Bush administration had Jewish last names and Christian first names,” said Gorlin to the Times.

The reveal by the Times couldn’t have come on a better day for the hoaxers: A fake New York Times is circulating around the country today, ensuring the whole ruse can continue.

Carl Cameron Talks…And So Does “Martin Eisenstadt”

cameron_11-12.jpgToday FNC’s Carl Cameron opened up about his reporting on Gov. Sarah Palin from “unnamed sources.” The story first came to light the day after the election, and has itself made news ever since — including on-air discussions among his own colleagues.

Cameron tells Chicago Tribune columnist Phil Rosenthal, “The people who put this out, and it’s senior McCain staff, are now in the cross hairs themselves for attacking the running mate, which by proxy means attacking the ticket they were trying to elect.”

Meanwhile, last night on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Sen. John McCain seemed to downplay any gossip-turned-news that may have emanated from his senior advisers: “I think I have at least a thousand, quote, top advisers.” he said. “People I’ve never even heard of, much less a, quote, top adviser or a high-ranking Republican official.”

Which brings us to the man who says he was Cameron’s source. A man who also says he was an adviser to the McCain campaign: Martin Eisenstadt. Yesterday, we asked “Who Is Martin Eisenstadt?” Last night, we heard from him again.

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Who Is Martin Eisenstadt?

question_11-11.pngAll day, TVNewser has been making calls on the story of Martin Eisenstadt, trying to find out if the person who claims to be one of the sources of Carl Cameron‘s reporting about Gov. Sarah Palin‘s is real.

On his Website, Eisenstadt claims he was one of Cameron’s sources: “Last week I was the one who leaked those things to a producer at Fox News who works with Cameron. Carl and his producers are good guys, and I don’t want them to have to worry about protecting their sources,” he wrote.

eisenstadt_11-11.bmpAnd that may have been enough for MSNBC. During a segment yesterday, David Shuster discussed Eisenstadt. Shuster began the segment saying, “We now have a face and a name with these allegations.” But minutes later, Shuster wasn’t so sure:

There is something suspicious about this blog that we had printed out. I’m not sure we can necessarily say this is in fact who this person is because I’ve never heard of the name Martin Eisenstadt and there’s now indications that maybe this was just made up.

But if MSNBC was duped, so, apparently, were many others. CBS News has linked to an Eisenstadt post before, in which he claims Joe the Plumber has ties to Charles Keating. The Huffington Post as well as the LA Times may have been taken for a ride over an Eisenstadt story claiming Paris Hilton‘s parents were miffed at the McCain campaign for using the socialite in a campaign ad.

So who is he? His bio claims: “Mr. Eisenstadt sits on five editorial boards, has testified before many congressional committees, and worked on five presidential campaigns.” Including, apparently, the McCain campaign.

Through the course of several emails with Eisenstadt today, here is what he had to say:

It’s strange for me (and all a bit Hegelian) to get requests to prove that I exist. But I appreciate your journalistic responsibility to do so. I’m not sure if you saw the update I posted on my blog where I address the issue head on. In short, every single blog that says I am a “hoax” has emanated from a single, bitter individual who for some reason has a vendetta against me – a golf blogger allegedly named “Wolfrum.” You see, in the Google era it is very easy to spread rumors about people. You’ll see in that post some links to youtube clips from both the BBC, and our own institute wherein I refute these claims on camera. I’ve yet to see any of my “accusers” show their face on camera.

You flatter me that I could construct such an elaborate ruse! I suppose if I didn’t exist, it would indeed be impressive to have made all this up. In the meantime, my attorneys have advised me not to get into any details about my discussions with Fox News, Carl Cameron or any of his producers or FNC staff. You can see what happened to Scooter Libby when he started leaking things, so I can’t take any further risks.

So, the mystery, for now, continues.

Click continued to see the MSNBC clip yesterday as well as one of the “proof” YouTube videos offered by Eisenstadt…

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