Did Someone Audibly Pass Gas on Hardball Last Night?

By A.J. Katz 

This event was just tailor made for TVNewser.

Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-CA), a member of the House Intelligence committee, was in the midst of what seemed to have been a pretty run-of-the-mill interview on Hardball with Chris Matthews last night, when all of a sudden a loud fart noise could be heard:

The clip went viral last night, with millions assuming it was the California congressman who dealt it.

“It was not me!!!!!” he texted BuzzFeed Monday night. “Ha. And I didn’t hear it when I was speaking.”

The person operating Hardball’s official Twitter account went on to tweet out the popular meme of two Spidermen pointing at each other.

CNN’s S.E. Cupp decided to weigh in at length about #fartgate, asserting it was actually Matthews, not Swalwell, who committed the act.

Cupp then said she communicated with Rep. Swalwell:

Even comedian/actress/host Jane Lynch got into the act:

However, hours later, the Hardball twitter account dismissed “conspiracy theorists” by claiming the noise was actually made by a mug scraping across a table:



Which prompted Rep. Swalwell to proclaim:

We’re almost surprised the president has yet to weigh in on #fartgate. Perhaps he will during today’s hearings, which Rep. Swalwell, ironically, will be participating in.