First, this is not a practical joke. The news sites did not get hacked. There really is a General Butt Naked, né Joshua Milton Blahyi, a rebel commander in Liberia's longstanding conflict who has been in exile in Ghana. He recently returned to Liberia to testify in the hearings of that country's Truth and Reconciliation Commission, which began in 2006 and are continuing today.
Since most of my dissertation involved just such commissions in Africa and Latin America, this ought to provide me an excellent opportunity to comment on that phenomenon here. The thing is, though, I just can't get over the fact that the news outlets chose to use Blahyi's nickname in all of their headlines. Here are some other winners:
"Butt Naked Battallion Commander apologizes for killing 20K Liberians" (from USA Today)
"General Butt Naked Admits to Eating Children's Hearts" (from ShortNews.com)
"General Butt Naked Confesses to Nude Killings" (from the UK Telegraph)
I guess it's pretty much axiomatic that "if it bleeds, it leads".... but it's hard for me to believe that it really did not occur to editors that the supperaddition of Blahyi's nickname in the headlines was a bit over-the-top.