A Magazine Fell For A Fake Telegram From McDonald’s Telling President Nixon To “Retire Bitch”



6. English, the creator of the joke image, couldn’t believe it.

Holy shit.
Fortune Magazine thought my obviously-incredibly-fake McDonald’s telegram from 1973 was real.… https://t.co/pyKJz4lrh4

— ℳatt (@matttomic)

The sentence referring to the fake 1973 telegram was later removed, but no correction or clarification was posted. Geoff Smith, one of the authors of the post, told BuzzFeed News he was alerted to the mistake just as he was leaving the office, so he initially removed it without adding a correction.

“As I was in a rush to pick up my children, I only completed the correction at the first opportunity when I got home,” he said.

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English told BuzzFeed News it was all in good fun and there were some glaring errors in his Photoshop job that anyone paying close attention would have caught. He said he didn’t expect anyone to fall for it, and called it a joke rather than a hoax.

“Never stop making jokes, that’s my take,” English said.

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