Kate Iverson on @RobyneRobinson account
This morning, we reported that a new Twitter account had emerged purportedly operated by Robyne Robinson, outgoing-Fox 9 News anchor and potential running mate for gubernatorial candidate Matt Entenza.
Questions about the legitimacy of that account arose after this tweet about City Pages editor Kevin Hoffman:
Rumor was out before CP said anything. Pioneer Press broke story. Kevin Hoffman is an asshat. Period.
Robinson's publicist, Kate Iverson, was quick to announce via Twitter that the account was a fake:
Iverson then tweeted that the fake Robyne Robinson turned access over to her through an anonymous direct message on Twitter. The user seemed to be pro-Entenza, Iverson said later.
The whole thing is a little strange. Like how fake Robyne Robinson linked her(/his?) page to Rox Minneapolis, real Robyne Robinson's jewelry company. Or how Iverson -- who announced it was a fake account -- had retweeted a status from @RobyneRobinson earlier in the day.
Iverson declined to answer questions on the phone with City Pages, saying she was in a "dead zone" for cell reception. She would only answer questions submitted in advance through email, which we agreed to:
CP: When did you find out it was fake?
Iverson: Around 1pm, I received e-mails from a couple people asking if it was fake (re: the asshat comment), so I contacted Robyne and she had no idea about any of it. In the meantime, whoever had the acct dm'ed my @letoilemagazine acct saying they wanted to transfer the acct over to us and I gave him/her an email address to do so and they did. Weird series of events, but we have control of it now.
CP: Why did you retweet a status from the fake account, if you knew it was fake?
Iverson: That's kind of funny. I didn't know it was fake at the time! Seemed tame enough, I just assumed she started a new Twitter since the once she tweets from @robynempls is not her name.
CP: Can you give us more details on how you came to control the handle?
Iverson: See my first answer. I don't think whoever created it was malicious. They claimed to not be officially affiliated with any political party. I have no actual name, but the email address indicated that they are pro-Entenza.
CP: Is Robyne going to start tweeting using the RobyneRobinson handle now that it is yours?
Iverson: Not sure yet, have to talk to Robyne!
CP: Can you give us the email address of the user?
Iverson: Sorry, I won't be giving it out. The person voluntarily handed over the account so I'm not going to make a big deal about it. We have control of the account now and there's no harm done. I did try to send an e-mail to that acct but there has been no response.
After a barrage of questions from curious reporters and spectators on Twitter, @RobyneRobinson's last tweet declined to give out anymore answers on the subject:
Attn: No more comments will be made via this Twitter account for the time being.