An apparently distracted CNN missed a number of raunchy messages that scrolled along the bottom of its screen Friday night while broadcasting New Yorkâ€™s Times Square celebration marking the end of 2021.
It wasnâ€™t the tweets that were a tad off color, but the tweeters, with fake names including â€œBen Dover,â€ and â€œDixie Normusâ€ (now self-described as the â€œog queen of the #CNNNYE Twitter feedâ€) â€” among others.
The pranksters crowed on social media about duping the network, while other viewers spotted the wonky names, and tweeted about it.
The Daily Beast, which was the first to report the national prank, noted that a number of the Twitter accounts appeared to be linked, and touted the hashtag â€œCNNNYEâ€ in a bid to boost the prankâ€™s profile.
CNN did not immediately respond to a request from HuffPost to comment on the prank names.
â€œSayonara, sucker!â€ Cohen gushed as Anderson Cooper tried to hold down the fort.
Cohen noted Saturday in a tweet that he had been â€œa bit overserved.â€