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New Times Videographer Flips Bird on Fox News During Live Broadcast

A "mystery man" with press credentials gave the middle finger to hundreds of thousands of Fox News viewers on Monday. Former General and presidential candidate Wesley Clark was being interviewed by pundit Shepard Smith at Boca's Lynn University.

At about 2 p.m., Clark was answering questions from Smith about that evening's presidential debate when a man with a beard moseyed into the camera's view, and threw a middle finger up for all to see. But it wasn't a straight-up bird drop. The man pretended to scratch his facial hair with his middle finger.

Then, as mysteriously as he arrived... he vanished into the crowd.

Media outlets have been feverishly searching for the Bird-Flipping Man. Who is he? Where did he come from?

But we at New Times have uncovered the identity of this true American hero.

He is, of course, Jake Katel, videographer for the Miami New Times and New Times Broward-Palm Beach.

"It was a joke, it was funny," says Katel. "I walked in with a definite liberal bias. I wanted to use their airwaves against them."

Some who witnessed the middle finger weren't too amused. "Some guy in a blue shirt was all pissed at what I did and threatened to throw me out," Katel says.

Katel was eventually escorted out by Lynn University security guards, and the cops were called. Police took him into a security area and told him Secret Service would be paying him a visit.

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