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Embarrassingly Gullible: New York Times Duped by Fake Twitter Account

It’s been a bad couple of weeks for the mainstream media — the Democrat Media Complex — and fake news.

On top of several leading liberal outlets like the Washington Post and Associated Press (AP) being forced to retract fake Trump-Russia collusion-related stories, CNN could be in legal hot water for blackmailing the amateur creator of the now-famous GIF showing President Donald Trump bodyslamming a man pro-wrestling style whose head had been replaced with a CNN logo.

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It’s horrible news for the media when…they are the news and especially when it’s bad news.

On Tuesday, the “paper of record” the New York Times reported that North Korea had issued an official statement regarding a joint military exercise between the U.S. and South Korea after reports that the communist regime launched another ballistic missile Tuesday morning.

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Except that it wasn’t an “official” statement by North Korea’s state-run media outlet. Instead, the NY Times was suckered into falling for the parody account below:

To get a feel for the type of tweets coming from this fake account, here’s a taste of the absurdity of just how easily the New York Times was duped:

The Times later updated the report with a correction, stating that “Because of an editing error, an earlier version of this article attributed incorrectly a Twitter statement to the North Korean government, and confessing, “The North Korean government did not belittle a joint American-South Korean military exercise as ‘demonstrating near total ignorance of ballistic science,’ that statement was from the DPRK News Service, a parody Twitter account.”

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For their part, the parody account rubbed the New York Times in their embarrassing gullibility, tweeting that the “Ministry of Culture bans New York Times.”

About the Author

Matthew K. Burke
A former Washington State U.S. Congressional candidate in 2010, Matthew attended the nation’s first modern day Tea Party in 2009 in Seattle, Washington. He also began writing and blogging that year. Matthew became a Certified Financial Planner in 1995 and was a Financial Advisor for 24 years in his previous life. Matthew was one of the three main writers leading a conservative news site to be one of the top 15 conservative news sites in the U.S. in a matter of months. He brings to PolitiStick a vast amount of knowledge about economics as well as a passion and commitment to the vision that our Founding Fathers had for our Republic.

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