In an embarrassing revelation Tucker Carlson admitted that he had indeed impersonated Keith Olbermann in those over-the-top emails revealed yesterday with Stu Bykofsky of the Philadelphia Daily News.
Carlson, reached by phone Tuesday night, confirmed he impersonated Olbermann in the email responses to Bykofsky.
“Could you resist?” Carlson said. “It was just too funny. The flesh is weak.”
Carlson said he didn’t expect the email exchange to be published.
Talk about a meteoric fall. Tucker Carlson, once the well respected media heir apparent to George Will’s bow-tie empire has taken to internet crime as a way to amuse himself. What’s next, impersonating a 15 year old?
Carlson should stick to faking the news or he could find himself impersonating someone’s girlfriend in a New York State prison.
In a continuing effort to combat identity theft, New York recently enacted an amendment to the Penal Law making it a crime to impersonate another person or pretend to be a public servant by means of online communication. Specifically, New York’s Internet impersonation law amends section 190.25 of the Penal Law by adding Subdivision 4, making it a crime to impersonate another person by electronic means, including through use of a website, with the intent to obtain a benefit or injure or defraud another person. It also prohibits using such electronic means to pretend to be a public servant in order to induce another person to submit to false authority or to act in reliance on that false pretense.
Internet impersonation is a Class A misdemeanor and carries a maximum penalty of a $1,000 fine and a one-year term of imprisonment for each violation or act of impersonation. The new law became effective on November 1, 2008.