Chinese daily falls for spoof: 'North Korean missile test delayed by Windows glitch' | South China Morning Post
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PUBLISHED : Friday, 12 April, 2013, 6:57pm
UPDATED : Thursday, 29 August, 2013, 4:13am

Chinese daily falls for spoof: 'North Korean missile test delayed by Windows glitch'


Patrick Boehler has published on China and Southeast Asia in four languages for publications in the US, Europe and Asia. After stints with Austria's ministries of defence and foreign affairs in Vienna and Beijing, he began his reporting career in Kuala Lumpur with the Malaysian online news portal Malaysiakini and, later, The Irrawaddy Magazine, a Myanmar exile publication in Thailand. He holds a doctorate in political science and has taught journalism at the University of Hong Kong. Follow him on Twitter: @mrbaopanrui

Problems with Microsoft's latest operating system Windows 8 led to a delay in North Korea's widely dreaded missile test, the satirical American news website The Borowitz Report said on Thursday and it was obviously a joke.

The Chinese daily 21st Century Business Herald fell for the spoof. On its Sina Weibo micro-blog, it reported the Borowitz prank, including its imaginary quote from the state-run Korean Central News Agency saying that the regime "was working with Windows 8 support to resolve the issue".

It also fell for another dubious quote from a "source close to the North Korean regime" saying that Kim Jong-un was considering declaring war on Microsoft. 

Just last month, the Guangzhou-based paper fell vicitm to a report by another American satiricial news outlet. The Daily Currant reported that the renowned economist Paul Krugman had filed for bankruptcy and the paper reported it. 



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