Purveyors of fake news upped their game Thursday night, getting serious media outlets to report that CNN aired a half-hour of hard-core porn.

Anthony Bourdain. Photo via Wikimedia Commons
Mediaite.com tells how it first heard of this via an International Business Times headline: “Oops! CNN’s Boston TV channel accidentally broadcasts 30 minutes of hardcore porn.”

“Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown” was the reported time slot of the X-rated material.

The New York Daily News story used “allegedly” in its headline (as a fig leaf in case it was wrong).

New York Daily News headline from Friday afternoon gives credence to CNN porn report. Image via nydailynews.com

Alas, it was another clickbait hoax.

“A random girl in Boston faked a few Tweets and caused a media uproar,” Mediaite suggested.

But “news spread like digital wildfire; before we knew it, Variety had published, ‘Cable Operator Snafu in Boston Leads to Porn Airing on CNN Channel,’ while The Independent ran with, ‘CNN accidentally airs 30 minutes of non-stop hardcore porn.’ Mashable went with, ’30 minutes of hardcore porn just aired on CNN, apparently.’”

What did CNN have to say?

“The [senior vice president] and General Manager of RCN Boston said in a statement, ‘We are in the process of researching this incident but see no evidence our CNN network feed was compromised last evening in Boston.'”

But it was fun while it lasted:

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