Here are some of the more notable fake news items this week:
- Despite what you might have read in some tweets making the rounds, a new housing project being built in West Virginia will not house several hundred Syrian refugees and will not be a “Sharia zone” for Muslim tenants. It’s all completely made up , as documented by the folks at Snopes.
- Not to continually pick on Donald Trump, but he continues to fabricate unreality out of whole cloth. Case in point this week, following the sentencing of his former campaign manager where the judge made a point of noting that Manafort’s trial had nothing at all to do with Russian collusion claims against the president, Mr. Trump falsely claimed that the judge in the trial had in fact exonerated him of any collusion charges. Trump tweeted “Both the Judge and the lawyer in the Paul Manafort case stated loudly and for the world to hear that there was NO COLLUSION with Russia.” This is just false. Call it fake news, call it misdirection, call it personal propaganda, but whatever you call it it’s just a bald faced lie. More on the story from Vox.
- Posts on Facebook are claiming that Chicago’s new CityKey ID cards will allow noncitizens to vote. They won’t, it’s all alarmist fake news, as detailed by FactCheck.org.
- By the way, Henry Winkler is still alive, despite a viral hoax claiming he recently passed away. For what it’s worth, Conservative Tears, the satirical site that started the hoax, also claims that the Fonz (known as a reliable liberal), was in fact a gun-toting Trump supporter. It’s all in good jest, apparently, as reported by Monsters & Critics.