The malignant mango we have inexplicably put in charge of our country is calling everything that hits the headlines “Fake News”. But that is basically because if he says to his true believers that anything bad that is reported is not true, they will believe it and continue to support him even though it goes against everything they have stated they believe for the course of their entire lifetime. So our orangutan in chief is reporting that news is “Fake News”, and that report is “Fake News”. So the “Fake News” about “Fake News” is provably FAKE. Damn!
Perhaps the Republican Overlords who now rule the Evil Empire get away with warping reality like that because we, as the news-consuming public are simply not paying attention.
Now, I can’t claim that I am hard to fool. I believe, after all, that aliens have been visiting the Earth for millennia. I believe that Area 51 is where the U.S. back-engineered the crashed UFOs from Roswell, and I believe that Bob Lazar is a real human being. I am almost like a Trumpkin in my devotion to such commonly debunked conspiracy theories.
But I can research my way out of cardboard boxes and confusing bubbles of misinformation. I recently caught a whiff of alien uproar from a former student’s Facebook post about an article on DiscloseTV.com. (click here for article) It’s the kind of thing I want to know about if it turns out to be true. I read there that a NASA spokeswoman, Trish Chamberson, had publicly admitted that the US government is in contact with at least four different alien species, and has been since the Truman administration. This would, of course, confirm what I have feverishly believed for over half of my sixty year lifetime.
But I made the mistake of Googling Trish Chamberson. Soap bubbles of Fake News pop easily.
It turns out the conspiracy website had taken information from a site clearly marked satire and published it as fact.
Waterford Whispers is largely recognized as an Irish counterpart to The Onion among its primary reader base (in the UK and Ireland). However, previous items from the site have been confused for real news, including reports that the Pope commissioned J.K. Rowling to rewrite the Bible, the Muppet known as “Animal” had died, and that the Vatican decreed Jesus was not returning. Disclose.tv has passed on a decent share of fake news items, including claims a baby in the Philippines was born with Stigmata and Edward Snowden had been “reported dead by his girlfriend.”-quoted from Snopes.com