Fake News for the Week Ending April 5, 2019

Here’s all the fake news that’s fit to print from this week:

  • When it comes to fake news websites, it’s hard to beat WorldNetDaily. This site was ground zero for some of the most famous right-wing fake news stories of the past decade or so, including the Obama birther conspiracy, the Vincent Foster murder conspiracy, and more. WND is on the rocks now, and the Washington Post has a fascinating article that details the site’s rise to fake news dominance and subsequent fall from grace.

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  • For some reason President Trump and some other right-wingers continue to carry a long-simmering hatred of the late Senator John McCain. This hatred popped up this week in a particularly vile meme on Facebook that claims “FACT: If not for a pardon from President Richard Nixon, John McCain would have been court martialed for treason.” There is absolutely no truth in this smear that attempts to sully McCain’s military service. FactCheck.org debunks the meme here.

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  • Fake news isn’t limited to the U.S. Ahead of upcoming national elections, India is struggling with a huge influx of fake news stories. “Millions of voters are waking up to fake news, propaganda and hate speech inciting violence against Muslims and other minorities every day,” said Apar Gupta, a lawyer and executive director of the Internet Freedom Foundation. The Associated Press has the full story here.
  • Finally, here’s a fun little Buzzfeed quiz that challenges you to tell the difference between real and fake headlines and photos. How well can do you?

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