News outlets fooled by fake news: the Badlands National Park hack

Posted: January 26, 2017 by oldbrew in government, humour, News



Were some people too ready to believe this ‘news’?
H/T Climate Change Dispatch / Daily Caller

When the Badlands National Park’s official Twitter account began publishing posts on global warming, news outlets frantically ran headlines about a defiant federal agency sticking it to the Trump administration.

The media’s fever-pitch only increased once the tweets were taken offline, with some celebrities joining the fray and tweeting about the “fascism” and “censorship” being pushed by the Trump administration.

Reporters pointed out the Badlands tweets came after the Trump administration issued a “gag order” to federal employees, preventing them from talking to the press, issuing official statements on social media. “With new rules like this in place, where’s the public going to get its scientific information?” opined New York magazine writer Madison Malone Kircher.

It turns out, Badlands National Park wasn’t trying to defy Trump. A former employee “compromised” the park’s Twitter account to post about global warming. Moreover, the Trump administration did not ask the park to remove the tweets, they did so voluntarily.

But that was before media outlets ran stories about a defiant federal agency tweeting out scientific “facts” in the face of a gag order. That didn’t happen.

Here are some of the most sensational media headlines about the Badlands tweets:

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  1. oldbrew says:

    The Washington Post got caught out…

    Weren’t journalists supposed to check their sources – or was that before Twitter? 😐

  2. hunter says:

    The WaPo has been reduced to that of sock puppet for a billionaire who is using it to protect himself from anti-Trust legal actions by the Trump Administration.
    If one considers what most billionaires want: more billions for themselves, their odd positions on trade, energy, cliamte and immigration become more comprehensible.

  3. oldbrew says:

    The ‘rogue’ workers are now tweeting from an “Alternative Parks Service” account.

  4. craigm350 says:

    The headlines shown are so similar it reeks of the usual behind the scenes coordinated effort to be on message.

  5. oldbrew says:

    The BBC doesn’t seem to have worked out what happened yet. They want to be the internet’s self-styled ‘fake news’ watchdog?

  6. oldbrew says:

    Chinese create fake Trump tweets as jokes and New Year wishes

    Even though Twitter is banned on the mainland, users are creating millions of fake @realdonaldtrump tweets in Chinese and English and posting them on social media