Chinese Fooled By Spoof Bezos Story

Well, it’s not as if the Communist Party has ever been known for its sense of irony. To wit: the foreign news desk at Xinhua news agency, an official organization in China, ran a story citing as fact the New Yorker magazine’s satirical “Borowitz Report” column, which claimed Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos (pictured) bought The Washington Post by accident while web browsing. Created by comedian and author Andy Borowitz, “The Borowitz Report” lampoons a different current event each week. Xinhua translated his latest column verbatim — headline: “Amazon Founder Says He Clicked on Washington Post by Mistake” — and carried it in the international news section of its website.

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