How does this keep happening? Xinhua has translated and published verbatim a satirical piece in the New Yorker claiming that Jeff Bezos’s $250 million purchase of the Washington Post resulted from an unintentional mouse click.
The original post is from Andy Borowitz’s painfully unfunny satirical column in the New Yorker, entitled “Amazon founder says he clicked on Washington Post by mistake“:
Jeff Bezos, the founder of Amazon.com, told reporters today that his reported purchase of the Washington Post was a “gigantic mix-up,” explaining that he had clicked on the newspaper by mistake.
The translated report was run in the International News section of Xinhua.cn, as well as on People’s Daily Online. While it’s often difficult to tell that ‘The Borowitz Report’ is satire (due to a lack of anything approaching humour), at least the descriptor – “The news, reshuffled” – gives a hint that what follows is not meant to be taken seriously.
Another indication that this story is less than true might be that PEOPLE DON’T FUCKING BUY NEWSPAPERS BY MISTAKE.
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