By Erik Crouch
21st Century Business Herald Weibo post on the article, via South China Morning Post
Last month the Guangzhou-based 21st Century Business Herald, masters of nuance and wit that they are, fell for a satirical article from The Daily Currant and published it as though it were real news. Now, they’ve done the exact same goddamn thing after failing to get the joke in the headline “North Korean missile test delayed by Windows glitch” on The Borowitz Report.
The Borowitz Report is a topically-funny* blog for The New Yorker, whose recent headlines include “Republicans call for tougher sanctions on Beyoncé” and “Pope candidate axed over trashy Facebook photos.” The humor is sly, but it isn’t that subtle; the article picked up by the 21st Century Business Herald included:
The announcement from the Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) did not indicate a new scheduled time for a missile test, saying only that it was “working with Windows 8 support to resolve the issue.” […]
A source close to the North Korean regime reported that Supreme Leader Kim Jong-un is furious about the Windows 8 problems and is considering a number of options, including declaring war on Microsoft.
Excellent reportage, 21st Century Business Herald. We’re excited for when they eventually uncover The Onion, and can really give The People’s Daily a run for their money.
*views of Erik Crouch do not necessarily represent those of Shanghaiist – Ed.