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.