The mainstream media is continuing its descent into mediocrity. I mean, we are told by the mainstream media that they have fact checkers, editors, and all that other stuff that means that we can trust them, right? But then something like this happens.
Greta Van Susteren of Fox News found confirmation of her suspicions that North Korea thought they were attacking Japan and not the US when they hacked Sony Pictures. Her proof came straight from the “North Korea state-owned news twitter feed” (@DPRK_News).
The only problem is that the @DPRK_News is a parody, written by a blogger.
Now comes the ironic part. Despite multiple comments to the story on her own site warning Van Susteren that her source was a parody site, and even the parody site’s author notifying her that her source was not true, she refuses to admit that she was fooled by the joke. She does admit that “some say” the feed is a hoax, but doesn’t admit that she was taken in.
Meanwhile, other major media outlets (including Slate, the Washington Post, and Newsweek), fall for the same parody twitter feed. Where are all those editors and fact checkers now? At least the others retract their stories.