NY Times Issues Correction After Quoting Parody North Korea Twitter Account

The New York Times issued a retraction after publishing a tweet from a parody North Korea news Twitter account.

The New York Times published the Tweet in its article claiming the parody account was the official North Korean account.

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The New York Times was forced to issue a correction after the paper quoted from a parody Twitter account pretending to be a genuine news outlet.

The story, published on Tuesday, initially included a quote taken from a July 4 tweet from the DPRK News Service Twitter account, a parody account that purports to be the “Official news feed of Democratic Peoples Republic of Korea. The tweet in question lambasted the U.S. administration for “drunkenly” firing “missiles into East Sea of Korea”:

DPRK News Service on Twitter

Imbecilic Americans drunkenly fire missiles into East Sea of Korea, demonstrating near total ignorance of ballistic science. https://t.co/Yye1Kksvh7

The correction attributes the mistake to an “editing error”:

Correction: July 4, 2017

Because of an editing error, an earlier version of this article attributed incorrectly a Twitter statement to the North Korean government. 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.

Via The Daily Sheeple