Oops! The New Republic tweets parody site ‘proof’ of Obama shooting skeet, quickly deletes

If it’s too good to be true, The New Republic is on it!

President Barack “Bitter Clinger” Obama claimed he totally goes skeet shooting “all the time” at Camp David, but White House press secretary Jay Carney couldn’t say for sure whether photographic evidence exists. Luckily, we have the resourceful “real journalists” at The New Republic to boldly scour White House parody sites for “proof.”tnr-obama-shooting-skeet

Sure did! Note the URL in the since-deleted tweet. It’s not whitehouse.gov, it’s whitehouse.gov1.info.

What else might have tipped TNR off to the fact that it was a spoof site? Oh, maybe a header that explicitly says “Not the White House” and “Parody of WhiteHouse.gov.

And then there’s the disclaimer:

Disclaimers are hard. So very hard. TNR owned up to jumping the skeet gun, but not before deleting the embarrassing evidence.

Quick accidents and quick deletions. But Twitchy is forever.

Before TNR’s attempt to memory-hole the tweet, gun-grabber David Frum shared it with his followers, asking, “Have US politics reached peak dumb?”

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He then apologized … for “mangling [the] joke.”

“Peak dumb,” indeed.

Update:

And in case you were wondering why that image looks awfully familiar:

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Update:

Jammie Wearing Fool has more. Apparently someone at BuzzFeed also fell for the spoof pic.

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