The New York Times reported as fact a tweet from a North Korean parody Twitter account.
In the story which described a joint military exercise between the United States and South Korea, the Times noted that “the North Korean government belittled the joint exercise as ‘demonstrating near total ignorance of ballistic science.'”
The Times obtained that “fact” from the parody DPRK News Service twitter account, which has been widely identified in the media as a parody account.
Imbecilic Americans drunkenly fire missiles into East Sea of Korea, demonstrating near total ignorance of ballistic science. pic.twitter.com/Yye1Kksvh7
— DPRK News Service (@DPRK_News) July 4, 2017
The Times did correct the mistake later today, blaming their sloppiness on an “editing error.”
“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.”
After the correction was issued the parody account took a shot at the Times.
Ministry of Culture bans New York Times.
— DPRK News Service (@DPRK_News) July 5, 2017
The Times joins other organizations that have fallen prey to the fake Twitter account–USA Today suffered a similar fate back in March, and underscores just how careless they have become in their zeal to craft an anti-Republican, anti-Trump narrative.