Hoax: Mike Pence Being Hit With A Water Balloon — He Wasn’t, And What A Let Down

July 15, 2023

Misintentions turning into a hoax upset the InterWebs yesterday and suckered me this morning.

Off this tweet:

In my context, during my early news scroll routine this morning, I came across the tweet at Balloon Juice supposedly depicting Mike Pence getting hit in the head with a water balloon — wonderful, and such a scene couldn’t have happened to a nicer asshole. And the girl’s delivery was so freaking-fucking right on target.
And the cosmic coincidence for me of the two ‘balloons.’

So enthralled, a blog post with this tweet as ‘art’ would be so in line — I copied/pasted the tweet and then worked to add text or maybe some other ‘art’ to accompany it.
However, as I surfed about the InterWebs, I discovered from some source or another, can’t recall where, that the guy in the picture wasn’t actually Pence, but some other political guy from Long Island.
I deleted the whole business and started a new post which was the one published about noonish.

However again, I found out this afternoon after surfing about, the Interebs was duped, too, bigly.
Via Mediaite last night:

In reality, the video was filmed at the annual Stewart Manor Fourth of July parade on Long Island, and the man who was pelted by the balloon is a local government official of Nassau County. It is reportedly a tradition at the end of the parade for firemen, officials, and families in attendance to engage in a water balloon battle.

Bruce Blakeman, the Nassau County Executive who actually got his head wet by the balloon, posted the video to Twitter on Wednesday along with a lighthearted joke about the young girl’s incredible throw, “The Mets and Yankees could certainly use her!”

Blakeman’s tweet:

There are examples at the link of the InterWebs responding to it being Pence, for instance:

The fact-checking site, Snopes, rated the video as ‘Miscaptioned.’

Duh! What can you say — way-most-likely we’re all highly disappointed it wasn’t Pence.

And to coax-hoax us out of this shit tale, an ancient Glenn Miller tune, ‘Fooled,’ and feeling sad:

Perfect-pitch strike three, or not, yet once again here we are…

(Illustration out front: ‘Art Critic’ by Norman Rockwell, found here.)

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