Sucker-punched by fake tweets

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Humiliation is the unsung hero of American journalism: the stomach-churning thought of a public correction telling the world you blew it is enough to keep many a reporter scrupulously fact-checking.
But not all.
In a simultaneously hilarious and horrifying series of blog posts, one contributor on Popehat.com explains how his patently ridiculous fake Twitter account – identified as the official voice of North Korea- sucker-punched Slate, CNN and, most notably, Greta Van Susteren of Fox.
The merry prankster doesn’t appear to have intended for mainstream media to pick up and run with his posts, which have included such gems as Supreme Leader Kim Jong-un freezing Obama’s assets and an urgent report that Ebola had been found in Atlantis.
No, Big MSM missed those clues and instead picked up tweets entirely suitable to the news cycle, which was focused on North Korea’s antics. Entirely fake suitable tweets.
But that’s not the bad part. The bad part is what some newsies did- especially Van Susteren- when they were notified the Tweets were a sham.
Humiliating point-blank public correction? As if.
No one tells that tale better than the author, though, or explains why Gwynneth Paltrow and Kim Jong-un are sharing this screen: https://www.popehat.com/2014/12/20/the-curious-case-of-the-t-v-attorney-and-twitter/
Read it and weep.

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