Or the guy who walks up to the bully and says "Your mother wears army boots." Obviously, the guy throwing the taunt is to blame for what follows.
To be sure, 'tis not wise to taunt a bully. And equally sure, Newsweek is despicable, biased, and out to bring a black eye on Western civ and the current administration. I don't have any sympathy for an idiot who taunts a bully, but I blame the bully for the beating.
The analysis is much different in this case too, because the liar is sending the bully to beat up some innocent dupe.