Twitter user Pixelated Boat put up a parody excerpt of Michael Wolff’s “Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House book” only to have many Twitter users, including a New York Times reporter, believe it was real.
“Wow. This extract from Wolff’s book is a shocking insight into Trump’s mind,” Pixelated Boat said.
Wow, this extract from Wolff’s book is a shocking insight into Trump’s mind: pic.twitter.com/1ZecclggSa
— the gorilla channel thing is a joke (@pixelatedboat) January 5, 2018
“The gorilla joke confused at least one New York Times reporter and bamboozled Brookings fellow Shadi Hamid. Eric Garland, the liberal Twitter personality best known for his 2016 game-theory tweetstorm, was among the prominent users who fell for the joke,” Newsweek reported. “Garland breathlessly informed his 172,000 followers that ‘THE WHITE HOUSE STAFF MADE A MAKESHIFT GORILLA CHANNEL FOR TRUMP TO WATCH.'”
— BlueVotr (@BlueVotr) January 5, 2018
Recently, Pixelated Boat changed his Twitter display name to “the gorilla channel thing is a joke.”