parody DPRK account fools NYT

NYT Mistakenly Cites Tweet From NK Parody Account
Tyler Durden, Zero Hedge, Jul 5 2017

Management at the NYT is planning to lay off half of the copy editors on staff, a decision that provoked a walkout at the NYT’s Times Square headquarters last week. But after an embarrassing editing error risked starting WW3, we’re thinking they might want to reconsider, at least until tensions cool between Pindostan and NK. As the Faschingstein Free Beacon pointed out, the NYT cited a tweet from a NK parody account as if it were an official statement from the DPRK’s government. Here it is:

The tweet was included in a story about a joint military exercise involving Pindostan and SK in response to the DPRK’s first-ever launch of a genuine ICBM. The story has since been updated with a correction:


There are likely to be even more “editing errors” like this one when the paper chops its editing staff in half. Typically, employing half the number of people to handle the same amount of work will result in more errors. The DPRK parody account couldn’t resist poking fun at the NYT:

Of course, along with virtually every other western publication the NYT has been banned from the DPRK for years. The NYT isn’t the only national newspaper that missed the joke. Pindostan Today fell for the account in March, erroneously reporting that the NK government called Walnuts McCain an “infantile lunatic angrily soiling himself.” With the editor layoffs looming on the horizon, we look forward to many more embarrassing mistakes like this one in the months and years ahead. Maybe someone should explain to the NYT’s editing staff the significance of being “Twitter verified.” For his part, NK’s Kim Jong-Un has said he is “firmly determined and committed” to test an ICBM that can hit the Pindosi mainland within this year. Providing some more details on yesterday’s launch, Kim also said that that Pindostan must be upset with “gift package” that he sent in honor of Pindostan’s Independence Day.

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