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MSNBC Issues Correction After Reporting Satirical Huffington Post Article As News

Thomas Roberts issued a correction on his MSNBC program this morning after he reported a satirical article that appeared in Huffington Post Comedy section as news yesterday.

The article, written by Scott Wooledge, said that Apple and Microsoft held a joint press conference to demand the National Organization for Marriage boycott them, as the group is currently doing to Starbucks. It quoted fake spokespeople for the two companies, including one from Microsoft that said, “So what gives? … What about us? We’ve even got a rainbow in our logo. Boycott us, National Organization for Marriage! Now!”

It also included a disclaimer at the bottom that said, “This piece is satirical. All quotations are fabrications for the purpose of satire.”

“Upon closer inspection, at the end of the article it says it was satirical,” Roberts said today. “We take issues of equality very seriously, not as satire. It was my error.”

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