The noted political analyst seemed so pleased with himself for the “discovery” he was about to share on the MSNBC show — a tweet that would surely reflect very badly on the leading candidate for the 2016 GOP presidential nomination, Donald Trump.
The segment on Morning Joe was, according to The Washington Post, devoted to how the media keep getting it wrong about Trump and other notables in the news, how headline-seeking outlets continue to jump to conclusions as they offer their take on fact and “truth” in politics.
How ironic… And how embarrassing for the left-leaning cable network that’s been struggling so desperately for audience share.
As the Post article notes: “On Monday morning, in a segment devoted to how the media is overhyping the supposed implosion of Donald Trump’s presidential candidacy, MSNBC’s Morning Joe pointed to one supporter that the American businessman and Republican 2016 hopeful had apparently retained: North Korean state media.”
The problem, however, was that the evidence presented to show that the regime of communist dictator Kim Jong-un was coming to the defense of Trump and bashing Fox News was bogus — it was drawn from a hoax news site. And the man presenting that fake evidence on Morning Joe was no slouch — it was cited by a regular and generally respected contributor to the show, Mark Halperin of Bloomberg Politics, who referred to a tweet that was shown on-screen:
The Washington Post article on the MSNBC goof noted that the parody account behind the false information about North Korea’s supposed support for Donald Trump is well-known for its fakery:
…even a cursory online search for @DPRK_News will yield a large number of articles that reveal that the account is fake and that mock the news outlets that take it seriously. “This North Korean Twitter account is fake, but journalists keep falling for it” is how Vox put it in December.
So, apparently, in their haste to link the hard-charging Donald Trump to the oppressive regime in North Korea, the MSNBC folks called into question and put a burning-bright spotlight on their own judgment…or lack thereof.
By clicking on the video above you can watch the embarrassing blunder from MSNBC that will, quite possibly, knock the network’s flagging credibility down another notch or two.
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