Two white flags mysteriously appeared atop the Brooklyn Bridge on Tuesday morning, and the Associated Press reported that “an entity” known as Bike Lobby on Twitter claimed responsibility.
Earlier today we hoisted two white flags to signal our complete surrender of the Brooklyn Bridge bicycle path to pedestrians.— Bike Lobby (@BicycleLobby) July 22, 2014
The problem is -- Bike Lobby (@BicycleLobby) is a parody account. They say so right in their Twitter profile:
To be fair, we don't reveal we're a parody account until the second line of our profile. pic.twitter.com/fnS8um2tgO— Bike Lobby (@BicycleLobby) July 22, 2014
The account also tweeted out photos of the AP and Daily News articles before they were updated to reflect that it was a parody account.
Please follow this incredible parody account. It goes by the Twitter handle @NYDailyNews http://t.co/WUufRFnFy1 pic.twitter.com/rXzR1JAwDd— Bike Lobby (@BicycleLobby) July 22, 2014
There really were two white flags atop the Brooklyn Bridge, it's just unclear who hoisted them.
Obviously, the parody account loved the attention and had fun with the whole situation.
We implore "journalists" asking for comment to A) read our profile B) read more than one of our tweets and C) Google "Dorothy Rabinowitz."— Bike Lobby (@BicycleLobby) July 22, 2014
As someone who has fallen for a hoax before, I feel for the AP and Daily News, but come on guys, this one required no research other than a quick click on the Twitter name to find out it was a parody account.