By Monday, the Format report has been updated to note that the source was a satirical website and that “the truth of the message accordingly low,” but the Globe‘s report had not been corrected by the time of publication.
Krugman took to his New York Times blog on Monday to explain that he had been “Breaitbarted” and reminded readers that Breitbart.com had also recently published a false story linking Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel to the non-existent group “Friends of Hamas.”
“I wanted to wait and see which right-wing media outlets would fall for the hoax,” Krugman wrote. “And Breitbart.com came through!”
“Now, if you’ll excuse me, I have to go give a lavishly paid speech to Friends of Hamas,” he added.
Breitbart.com recently blastedThe Washington Post for falling for a satirical Daily Currant report which claimed that former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin had accepted a job with Al Jazeera.
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