LIVING IN TRUMPLAND WHERE FAKE NEWS IS JUST AN ALTERNATE SET OF FACTS
A Satire Website Posted Fake News To Trump Supporters. Many Believed It.
“To my surprise, the Trump masses embraced my stories as fact, almost universally.”
By: Sebastian Murdock
The Huffington Post
March 11, 2017
The idea was simple enough: publish as many absurd, obviously fake stories imaginable, and see if anyone actually falls for it. The results of this experiment were both fascinating and disheartening.
“BREAKING: Satire Makes Fools Of Gullible Trump Supporters.”
That’s the headline James McDaniel published on his intentionally fake news website, , earlier this month.
Within just two weeks of his website going online, McDaniel had already amassed more than a million views, thousands of comments on his stories, and hundreds of thousands of “likes” and “shares” on Facebook.
One fake story, headlined “Wikileaks: Obama Ran Pedophile Ring Out Of Whitehouse” amassed more than 40,000 views. Published in February, the top comment reads: