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    Pelosi , Cummings And NY Times Duped By Fake Flynn Twitter Account

    The New York Times fell for it too.

    At a lunchtime press conference to castigate the Trump administration, Reps. Nancy Pelosi and Elijah Cummings both cited former National Security Adviser Mike Flynn's comment about being the "scapegoat."

    The problem was that Flynn hasn't actually called himself a "scapegoat." The quote came from a Twitter account, @GenMikeFlynn, that has been made to look like the actual Flynn, but is not him.

    The fake Flynn has been imitating him since February 1. After the real Flynn resigned on Monday night, the anonymously-run account leapt into action, tweeting out the actual resignation letter and then saying things like "I feel it is unfair that I have been made the sole scapegoat for what happened."

    That's one of the quotes that The Times picked up on. The paper later blamed an "editing error" for the inclusion of three fake tweets in The Times' main story about Flynn.

    Cummings was the first person to bring it up at the press conference, saying "just this morning, Flynn tweeted that he is a 'scapegoat.'"

    Pelosi also cited the made-up "scapegoat" claim, saying that she heard it from her colleagues. Then she talked about the definition of a "scapegoat" in some detail. Ema O'Connor, a BuzzFeed reporter who was at the press conference, said she heard an aide tell Pelosi the tweet was fake afterward. O'Connor said Pelosi responded, "What do you mean it's fake?"
    Top House Democrats fall for fake Flynn Twitter account - Feb. 14, 2017

    Too eager to jump on the band wagon without a simple check, clueless.
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    Just a Rehearsal for "Saturday Night" ROTF

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