FYI, that North Korean News Report You Saw that Claims North Korea Played Portugal in the World Cup Final Is a Hoax (Video)
If the state-controlled media in North Korea reported that the North Korean soccer team won the 2014 FIFA World Cup, even though North Korea did not even qualify, nobody would be surprised. This is the same country that insists late Dear Leader Kim Jong Il once made 11 holes-in-one in a single round of golf. The same country that hired Chinese nationals to go to the World Cup in South Africa in 2010 and pretend to be North Koreans. The same country that executed 80 people for watching illegal DVDs. Nothing sounds too crazy.
Of course, the state-controlled media in North Korea has not reported that the North Korean soccer team won or even played in the World Cup. Actual news reports indicate that, while they were broadcast several days after the fact, North Koreans actually got to watch World Cup games. So they know the DPRK isn’t in it this time around.
But there is a pretty convincing fake North Korean news report going around the web that is trying to get people to believe the North Korean media is reporting that the DPRK team is at the World Cup. And people are believing it because, you know, it’s believable.
Take a look:
As you can see, this fake news report claims the DPRK beat their most-hated enemy, Japan, 7-0, and their second-most hated enemy, the USA, 4-0. Meanwhile, they took it easy on their pal, China, and only won 2-0.
Like I said, it’s very believable. But you shouldn’t believe it, because this isn’t real. It’s a hoax. A very good, very geopolitically poignant hoax.
Hat Tip – [Sporting News]