Accuracy in Media

USA Today became the latest victim of a North Korean parody Twitter account when it embedded a tweet from the account in a story about the escalating war of words between North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un and Sen. John McCain (R-AZ).

McCain called Kim a “crazy fat kid,” in a recent interview with Greta Van Susteren, resulting in North Korea issuing a statement through its state-run news service, the Korean Central News Agency, that said McCain’s statements were an affront to the “dignity” of Kim Jong Un. They said his statement was “tantamount to a declaration of war,” and mentioned North Korea’s nuclear capabilities.

USA Today later corrected the story, noting that the tweet was from a “parody account.”

The parody account chided USA Today for falling victim to it’s tweet.

This was very sloppy reporting on the part of USA Today. It’s obvious that the DPRK News Service Twitter account is a parody account based on the outrageous tweets they issue on a regular basis. Plus, this account has been widely cited in the media in the past as not being the real North Korean News Service.

Fake news at it’s best.

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