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Tuesday 21 November 2017

Oh dear... Trump's press secretary retweets a satirical news article and Twitter has a field day

White House press secretary Sean Spicer
White House press secretary Sean Spicer
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Sasha Brady

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.

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People chant slogans at the Indianapolis International Airport, Sunday, Jan. 29, 2017, during a protest against President Donald Trump's executive order temporarily suspending all immigration for citizens of seven majority Muslim countries for 90 days. (Kelly Wilkinson/The Indianapolis Star via AP)
People chant slogans at the Indianapolis International Airport, Sunday, Jan. 29, 2017, during a protest against President Donald Trump's executive order temporarily suspending all immigration for citizens of seven majority Muslim countries for 90 days. (Kelly Wilkinson/The Indianapolis Star via AP)
Demonstrators gather outside Tom Bradley International Terminal during a protest against President Donald Trump's travel ban on refugees and citizens of seven Muslim-majority nations, at Los Angeles International Airport on Sunday, Jan. 29, 2017. (AP Photo/Ryan Kang)
Deanna Culley gets ready for a protest against President Donald Trump's executive order temporarily suspending all immigration for citizens of seven majority Muslim countries for 90 days at the Indianapolis International Airport, Sunday, Jan. 29, 2017. (Kelly Wilkinson/The Indianapolis Star via AP)
Protesters wrap around the baggage carousels as they listen to speakers at the Indianapolis International Airport, Sunday, Jan. 29, 2017, during a protest against President Donald Trump's executive order temporarily suspending all immigration for citizens of seven majority Muslim countries for 90 days. (Kelly Wilkinson/The Indianapolis Star via AP)
People chant slogans at the Indianapolis International Airport, Sunday, Jan. 29, 2017, during a protest against President Donald Trump's executive order temporarily suspending all immigration for citizens of seven majority Muslim countries for 90 days. (Kelly Wilkinson/The Indianapolis Star via AP)
People chant slogans at the Indianapolis International Airport, Sunday, Jan. 29, 2017. (Kelly Wilkinson/The Indianapolis Star via AP)
People during a protest held in response to President Donald Trump's travel ban, in Seattle, Washington, U.S. January 29, 2017. REUTERS/David Ryder
People walk toward Westlake Park for a protest held in response to President Donald Trump's travel ban, in Seattle, Washington, U.S. January 29, 2017. REUTERS/David Ryder
A young Muslim woman listens during a protest held in response to President Donald Trump's travel ban, in Seattle, Washington, U.S. January 29, 2017. REUTERS/David Ryder
A man raises his fist during a protest held in response to President Donald Trump's travel ban, in Seattle, Washington, U.S. January 29, 2017. REUTERS/David Ryder
King County Councilmember Larry Gossett speaks during a protest held in response to President Donald Trump's travel ban, in Seattle, Washington, U.S. January 29, 2017. REUTERS/David Ryder
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People march through downtown Seattle during a protest held in response to President Donald Trump's travel ban, in Seattle, Washington, U.S. January 29, 2017. REUTERS/David Ryder
Muslim Somali immigrants cheer during a protest held in response to President Donald Trump's travel ban, in Seattle, U.S. Washington January 29, 2017. REUTERS/David Ryder
Young men cheer during a protest held in response to President Donald Trump's travel ban, in Seattle, Washington, U.S. January 29, 2017. REUTERS/David Ryder
Demonstrators shut down the traffic loops at LAX International Airport and yell slogans during a protest against the travel ban imposed by U.S. President Donald Trump's executive order, at Los Angeles International Airport in Los Angeles, California, U.S., January 29, 2017. REUTERS/Ted Soqui
Demonstrators shut down the traffic loops at LAX International Airport and yell slogans during a protest against the travel ban imposed by U.S. President Donald Trump's executive order, at Los Angeles International Airport in Los Angeles, California, U.S., January 29, 2017. REUTERS/Ted Soqui
Demonstrators shut down the traffic loops at LAX International Airport and yell slogans during a protest against the travel ban imposed by U.S. President Donald Trump's executive order, at Los Angeles International Airport in Los Angeles, California, U.S., January 29, 2017. REUTERS/Ted Soqui
A man holds a sign during a protest held in response to President Donald Trump's travel ban, in Seattle, Washington, U.S. January 29, 2017. REUTERS/David Ryder
People march through downtown Seattle during a protest held in response to President Donald Trump's travel ban in Seattle, Washington January 29, 2017. REUTERS/David Ryder
People gather during a protest against President Donald Trump's executive order banning travel to the United States by citizens of several countries Sunday, Jan. 29, 2017, at Detroit Metropolitan Airport. (Jeffrey M. Smith/The Times Herald via AP)
Demonstrators hold signs and chant during a protest against President Donald Trump's executive order banning travel to the United States by citizens of several countries Sunday, Jan. 29, 2017, at Detroit Metropolitan Airport. (Jeffrey M. Smith/The Times Herald via AP)
Hundreds of demonstrators gather on the roadway during a protest against President Donald Trump's executive order banning travel to the United States by citizens of several countries at Los Angeles International Airport, Sunday, Jan. 29, 2017. (AP Photo/Ryan Kang)
Demonstrators hold signs and chant in the baggage claim area during a protest against President Donald Trump's executive order banning travel to the United States by citizens of several countries Sunday, Jan. 29, 2017, at Detroit Metropolitan Airport. (Jeffrey M. Smith/The Times Herald via AP)

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