What North Korea, Windows 8, Andy Borowitz, and The New Yorker Have in Common

Brian Fung

According to The New Yorker’s Andy Borowitz, a potential North Korean nuclear-missile test (that even has the Pentagon on alert) went awry this week thanks to an unspecified glitch in Windows 8. As sources in Pyongyang were cursing Microsoft and threatening (nuclear?) war against the software company, a media outlet in China was picking up the piece—not realizing that The Borowitz Report is totally, hilariously fake.

The Guangdong-based 21st Century Business Herald, a daily with a circulation of 762,000, rebroadcast the news on China’s microblogging service, Sina Weibo, unaware that it was picking up a satricial item from the noted humorist, who has many accomplishments (including to help create NBC's The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air) but has no intel on the Hermit Kingdom. The post seems to have been deleted from the Herald's website—the link appears broken—but not before it caught the eye of the South China Morning Post:

So far, no reaction from Pyongyang, though with their Twitter account still under the control of Anonymous they probably wouldn't be able to tweet it. It’s the latest editorial slip-up in China in recent months—back in November, the country’s state-run People’s Daily celebrated Kim Jong Un’s being named The Onion’s sexiest man alive with a slideshow of the 29-year-old leader’s best moments.

It’s not clear why the Business Herald would find the stalled missile test newsworthy—if it were following the news at all, it would already know from The Onion that we've already surrendered and are living under North Korea's reign.