The Fake News media has been trolled yet again! Many laughs were had after a CNBC reporter went on TV to say that she did not properly verify a story after she fell for a prank by two men who pretended they were Twitter engineers recently axed by Elon Musk.
CNBC’s Deirdre Bosa addressed her mistake on air Monday.
“I’d like to address something that CNBC reported Friday. I tweeted that a team of data engineers were laid off at Twitter after speaking to two people outside of headquarters who claimed that they were,” she said.
‘They were not real employees and I didn’t do enough to confirm that they were,” Bosa added. “They got me, and that is on me. We, I regret the mistake.”
Bosa shared a video of her remarks on Twitter and deleted the post where she got pranked.
About Friday at Twitter HQ – I didn’t do enough to confirm and I regret the mistake pic.twitter.com/BGKEr8Osto
— Deirdre Bosa (@dee_bosa) October 31, 2022
The CNC reporter previously had posted online “It’s happening Entire team of data engineers let go. These are two of them,” sharing a picture of two men calling themselves “Rahul Ligma” and “Daniel Johnson,” the surnames of which are both well-known parody names.
The outlet’s embarrassing display resulted in numerous online jokes about the prank.
“Journalists – my name is Amanda Hugnkis, and today I was fired by Elon Musk himself at Twitter HQ. Willing to talk on the record. DMs are open,” read one viral joke on Twitter.
“My colleague Ben Dover has informed me he is also willing to talk,” she added in a second post.
My colleague Ben Dover has informed me he is also willing to talk.
— amanda aka frank 🐢👻 (@noturtlesoup17) October 28, 2022
Elon Musk also appeared to find the event humorous. The recent buyer of Twitter shared photos of the two pranksters in a tweet, commenting, “Ligma Johnson had it coming,” followed by an eggplant emoji as well as one of three water drops.
Ligma Johnson had it coming 🍆 💦 pic.twitter.com/CgjrOV5eM2
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) October 28, 2022
The new Twitter owner has made waves since his purchase last month, famously firing several top executives of the platform, including CEO Parag Agrawal, chief financial officer Ned Segal, chief legal officer Vijaya Gadde and general counsel Sam Edgett. Sources have also apparently said that Musk plans to launch an internal investigation into the company’s internal operations, according to ABC news.