USA Today, a left-leaning news publication, fell for a popular parody Twitter account that pretends to be the North Korean government.
The Free Beacon reported:
“Noted idiot John McCain denounced as an infantile lunatic angrily soiling himself after slandering august personages of DPRK,” the parody DPRK News Service account tweeted Wednesday, a joking reference to recent criticism from the Arizona senator targeting North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.
Noted idiot John McCain denounced as an infantile lunatic angrily soiling himself after slandering august personages of DPRK. pic.twitter.com/kjdTyl3nYA
— DPRK News Service (@DPRK_News) March 30, 2017
McCain recently called Kim a “crazy fat kid,” leading Pyongyang to characterize the comment as “a provocation tantamount to declaration of war against the [Democratic People’s Republic of Korea].”
USA Today fell for the parody tweet, initially embedding it in a story on McCain’s comments. The publication later deleted the tweet from the body of the piece, noting in a correction that the message was from a “parody account.” But a screenshot of the message remained in the embedded video until it was also removed.
This is pretty bad. The fact that a major news network made a mistake this large is down right embarrassing.
It should have been blatantly obvious because the account doesn’t even have a blue verification badge which is what Twitter uses to verify that an account is official.
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