Oh dear... Trump's press secretary retweets a satirical news article and Twitter has a field day
Donald Trump's press secretary Sean Spicer has retweeted a satirical Onion article saying he provides 'robust misinformation'.
On Saturday night, Sean Spicer retweeted a video from satirical news site the Onion.
If you're not aware, the Onion is a mock news site which parodies news stories. It's been around since 1988 and some of its articles include “Mom Thinks You'd Enjoy Restaurant She Can't Remember The Name of Right Now” and “CIA Realises It’s Been Using Black Highlighters All These Years."
So, you know, not real news. Alternative news, if you will.
Over the weekend, it published a video which listed "Five Things To Know About Sean Spicer", which the White House press secretary then retweeted along with the caption "You nailed it."
The video says that Spicer’s “role in the Trump administration will be to provide the American public with robust and clearly articulated misinformation.”
The video’s “things to know” also include Spicer’s former role as a senior correspondent for NPR (untrue), his “defensive” speaking style (could be true), and praises him for "nailing the pocket square” on his suit jacket.
Thing-to-know number four is “whether or not Spicer has ever knowingly lied to the press.”
“One’s own mental activity is the only unquestionable fact of one’s experience,” the Onion explains in its answer.
It is unclear whether Spicer was attempting to get in on the joke by tweeting the satirical article, or whether he simply misread "misinformation."
Last week, Spicer was called out on Twitter for tweeting what appeared to be a password code (or gibberish) twice.
18 hours on, Sean Spicer's Onion tweet is still there.— Richie McCormåck (@RichieMcCormack) January 29, 2017
Sean Spicer, White House Press Secretary, is retweeting--THE ONION! What is happening!!?? Who are these people?!?! https://t.co/hyi4eSNaQG— Misha Collins (@mishacollins) January 30, 2017
FYI: "senior administration official" is Sean Spicer, the press secretary who retweeted an Onion article about his own habit of lying. https://t.co/0NLmS4R9Mv— Heidi N Moore (@moorehn) January 30, 2017
SEAN SPICER THINKS THE ONION WROTE A GENUINE ARTICLE ABOUT HIM BEING ARTICULATE. And for 2 blessed minutes everything makes perfect sense.— Ana Lily Amirpour (@Lilyinapad) January 29, 2017