Chinese media treat Trump satire as real news

No, the White House did not wrap its phones in tinfoil.

But according to Chinese media, a satirical article in The New Yorker about President Trump’s attempt to root out any signs of former president Barack Obama was completely factual, The New York Times reported.

“Trump turns White House upside down looking for signs of Obama: ‘I know he’s still here!'” one headline reportedly read.

The New Yorker piece by Andy Borowitz was clearly labeled “satire.”

“According to the sources, Trump contacted staffers Kellyanne Conway and Sean Spicer at approximately 6 a.m. and instructed them to purchase enough tin foil to cover every phone in the building,” part of the article read, adding that the president ordered Conway to “wrap it tighter.”

State-run media have fallen for this kind of satire before. Back in 2012, The People’s Daily ran a 55-page photo spread celebrating the North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un winning the title of “sexiest man alive.”

Who made the call? The Onion.

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