The New York Times Issues Correction After Falling for Parody North Korea Twitter Account


The New York Times issued a correction on a report yesterday about the intercontinental ballistic missile North Korea fired this week.

The correction, flagged earlier by the Washington Free Beacon, acknowledges the original article cited a parody North Korea Twitter account:

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.

This was the tweet in question:

And this is not the first time a news organization has mistaken the parody account for the real thing.

And now the account has responded with this declaration:

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