Chinese daily fooled by spoof that Win 8 glitch forced missile test delay
Paper reports as news a quote from a "source" that North Korea's Kim Jong-un was considering declaring war on Microsoft.
But not so crazy if we're talking about 21st Century Business, the Guangdong, China-based publication which fell hook, line, and sinker for a spoof column authored by New Yorker humorist Andy Borowitz. The Thursday edition of the Borowitz Report reported that North Korea's military had scrapped a planned missile test due to unidentified problems with Windows 8.
And that was enough for the daily to run with the story. To wit:
Intelligence analysts said that the announcement gave rare insight into the inner workings of North Korea's missile program, which until last year had been running on Windows 95.
The announcement from the Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) did not indicate a new scheduled time for a missile test, saying only that it was "working with Windows 8 support to resolve the issue."
In the words of one intelligence analyst, "That means the test has been delayed indefinitely."
A source close to the North Korean regime reported that Supreme Leader Kim Jong-un is furious about the Windows 8 problems and is considering a number of options, including declaring war on Microsoft.