Ed Driscoll

Layers and Layers of Fact Checkers and Editors

As Moe Lane writes, “Basically, Popehat runs a parody ‘official’ North Korean Twitter feed: he uses it to idly see which actual news organizations fall for it. Today, CNN fell. Because most people and groups need to get off of social media.”

Or to put it another way, “You couldn’t have a starker contrast between the multiple layers of checks and balances, and a guy sitting in his living room in his pajamas writing what he thinks.”

Jonathan Klein defending Dan Rather in the immediate wake of Rathergate in September of 2004, only a couple of months before Klein would join CNN as its president until being fired in 2010.

Of course, it doesn’t take much for CNN to fall for real North Korean propaganda, let alone parodies.

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Update: “The feed’s actual author, me, has never been to the Korean peninsula at all, and cannot read a word of the language.”