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.

More on the story:

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Comment by Jonathan Wolfman on June 1, 2017 at 4:11pm

people believe what they want to believe

Comment by koshersalaami on June 1, 2017 at 6:08pm

This tells me my friends are indeed wise.

A couple of years ago I wrote an unpublished April Fools post entitled I Come Clean About Zionism. I made it over the top outrageous. (I hid something in it to prove it was an April Fools post.) I mean WAY over the top. It's like the worst series of conspiracy theories you ever heard. I said that AIPAC was preceded by an organization called COOJAPH, which stands for Committee Of Oppressive Jews And Paid Henchmen. I said the Horst Wessel Lied was dashed off by Irving Berlin at the request of Jewish conspirators. My friends to whom I showed it said:

Don't Publish. People will believe it. 

Thank God I listened to them. 

Comment by Boanerges on June 2, 2017 at 7:53am

Too true, Jon. Critical thinking? Not happening.

I'd loved to have seen that post, Kosh,  because I'd likely still be laughing. But you and your friend were right. I can think of a couple of people right off the top of my head who would buy into that straight away. They're not anti-Jewish, as such -- just conspiracy nutjobs.

D-K effect combined with the Peter Principal (and maybe a touch of Parkinson's Law), Terry.

Comment by JMac1949 Today on June 2, 2017 at 8:48am

I refer you to Mr. Mencken:

Comment by marilyn sands on June 2, 2017 at 12:23pm

Hungry Joe 04The phrase "There's a sucker born every minute" appears in print in 1885 in this 41 page bio.  Everyone thinks P.T. Barnum used the word "fool" instead.  All I know is - it's true.  R&L

Comment by older/exasperated on June 2, 2017 at 12:44pm

True confessions in a twisted world, I use to confess to the hillbilly rednecks living around me I had been abducted by aliens. Sent back and now worked for the CIA and was using the cattle rancher and family man as a cover. They all called me a liar and city boy but gave me points for trying to be serious. By the next morning it was news in 3 counties of course I just ignored it and nobody fucked with my stuff anymore. As we're seeing now misinformation is coming back to bite the administrations ass no one has an answer only more misinformation and explanations of tweets. Which nobody understands except 4th graders who see them as 3rd grade work and they've never witnessed a school board meeting.

Well it's almost 10am here in Hawaii watching the Cards vs Cubs in Chicago live, life is good. Learned a long time ago you have to be able to read between the lines all news is not sensational. Good day my friend mention to TPR I send my best...............o/e

Comment by Boanerges on June 3, 2017 at 7:23am

Yeah, JMac, and that's exactly what's happening.

Marilyn, that doesn't apply just to the US. And what's that other saying about "no one ever went broke underestimating...."

So that's where you'd been, O/E. Why am I not surprised? It explains so much. Tell me: Is "covfefe" like a secret handshake between you abductees? That too would explain a lot. Anyway, good to see you here. Give my best to M and the crew.

Comment by older/exasperated on June 3, 2017 at 11:30am

that's a secret about where I am usually but I'm sure you know and I wasn't abducted by aliens just left here according to my Dad. covfefe is not a word and there is no meaning and it is presumed that the Pres was jacking off with one tiny hand while watching Hannity and was typing a tweet with the other. This was not fake news.......................o/e

doc vega would be eager to see if I had the alien codes and he could connect it to the idiot in chief

Comment by Maui Surfer on June 3, 2017 at 1:27pm

Bringing up Vega here on OS really drives home the point. Here's a guy, (or a team of Ruskies?), who falls for every tin-foil hat conspiracy ever cooked up, and manages to create more krazy kontent from each one, thus perpetuating and expanding the myths as scared, confused and isolated lower IQs are somehow wired up prone to do.

Comment by Boanerges on June 4, 2017 at 7:35am

Ah HAH: The truth is indeed out there, O/E. So your Dad had it right all along. No, I know covfefe isn't a word, but it's become a thing, another way to mock Dolt 45, aka the Toddler in Chief. Vega is a troll, and if I was at all interested in that deluded point of view I'd get on Breitbart or listen to morons like Mike Savage. (BTW, Red says MAGA stands for "Making Americans Gag Again" every time something comes out of DC. She's right, you know.)

Many people are wondering about that, FM. I read a lot online, and pay close attention to comments. It's ... disturbing.

Hey, Maui -- good to see you. I'm sure you're right about who falls for this crap, and that's worrisome. On OS, Vega tries to troll us mostly left-of-centre people in an effort to get a reaction which, alas, he sometimes does. Like Kosh, I made up a conspiracy theory a couple of years ago (about how tinfoil hat production is controlled by a cabal made up of the Illuminati, the Bilderberg Group, the Masons and the Vatican). At least one person I sent it to is still laughing.

Oh, indeed, FM.


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