I very infrequently put up a post dealing with American politics. It's not much of my business, after all.
But sometimes ... sometimes I just can't help myself.
For example: A short-lived but wildly popular (among Trumpeters and alt.Reichers) website called Undergroundnewsreport.com (it had more than one million viewers and hundreds of thousands of likes and shares on social media, according to its founder).
Problem? It was a lefty trolling right-wingers.
The creator, James McDaniel, said he started the site in February to see just how gullible people are.
The answer, apparently, is very.
"And a very small handful of people questioning the legitimacy of our stories, despite a disclaimer at the bottom of the page stating that our stories are not based in reality," he wrote when outing himself and the site March 3.
"Although, one would think the ridiculousness of the stories would not necessitate a disclaimer."
Ridiculous? How about:
- "Wikileaks: Obama Ran Pedophile Ring out of Whitehouse (sic)."
- "Breaking News: Feds Raid Obama Bunker Searching for Evidence."
- "Bombshell: Wikileaks Leaks 'Lost" Cinton Email"
- "Breaking: Tump Signs Deal with Honda -- Creates 800,000 US Jobs."
The problem? The site's readers STILL want to believe this stuff is real.
Case in point: "Theirs some fake stuff on that website but more than half of its the truth."
Move over, X-Files.
In conclusion, McDaniel said in his statement: "I find it morally necessary to clean up this mess, for a society that loses the ability to distinguish fact from fiction is a society vulnerable to anything."
Unless, of course, the outing itself is Fake News.
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