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When Entertainment Tonight did a program on hoaxes, they decided to feature media prankster Joey Skaggs. Only the man they interviewed wasn't Skaggs. Skaggs sent a friend who didn't even look like him to the interview instead. The result? Entertainment Tonight was furious, and Joey Skaggs had pulled off another great hoax.
The purpose of his hoaxes, Skaggs said in our interview with him, is to "rock the boat;" to provoke people into thinking about how they are and how the media influences them. In addition, he encourages people to be critical of their news sources (Skaggs has hoaxed CNN 6 times; many times appearing with only a minimal disguise and using variations of his own name).
"The media is batting zero," Skaggs said. "It's pathetic."
Skaggs' hoaxes are also designed to address social and political issues.
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