The Wall Street Journal wrote and then quickly deleted a post about every college girl’s favorite journalist Joan Didion quitting Twitter.
Update: Shortly after several media watchers pointed out that the Twitter account was a parody, the article was restored with an updated headline and a correction.
“[Correction: An earlier version of this story said the @JoanDidion account was the author’s actual account. It is a parody. The article has been updated.]”
Of course, a parody account pretending to quit Twitter is not exactly newsworthy.
Only problem? Ms. Didion’s purported Twitter feed is clearly labeled as a parody. “Joan’s tweets inspired by Joan (she dislikes [micro]blogs) and edited by a chill dude who writes and works in advertising (@erik_stinson),” read the bio. Mr. Stinson, whose own Twitter bio says he is a “copywriter at some type of office building” apparently channeled the diminutive 78-year-old author so successfully that WSJ‘s social media editor, Rubina Madan Fillion, was fooled into writing a post about Ms. Didion quitting Twitter.
A cache of the story can still be seen, because, as Ms. Didion’s Twitter doppleganger surely knows, nothing ever really disappears from the Internet. The Journal also created a Storify of the tweets it believed to be Ms. Didion’s, which we screenshot and pasted below (it seems that the Storify was taken down).
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