Twitter Parody Account @DPRK_News Sparks Some New York Times Fireworks

Another feather in the cap of Popehat

While The New York Times is by no means the only outlet to be fooled by Twitter parody account @DPRK_News, which counts more than 200,000 followers and is operated by members of legal blog popehat.com, some might be tempted to couch this July 4 drama within the context of the newspaper’s planned copy editor cuts. After all, the incident has been ascribed to an “editing error.” To recap:

1) The July 4 parody tweet:

2) The July 4 New York Times pick-up:

On Twitter Wednesday morning, the North Korean government belittled the [U.S.-South Korean] joint exercise as “demonstrating near total ignorance of ballistic science.”

3) The July 4 New York Times correction:

4) The July 5 @DPRK_News gloat:

West Coast conservative site Patterico notes that the NYT goof was removed from the online version of the article at 8:53 p.m. on July 4 and the correction added at 10:07 p.m. Right alongside the big show over the East River.