I chose to focus on the fake news article,”RuPaul claims Trump touched him inappropriately in the ’90s.” It was published by a satirical site called World News Daily Report on October 15, 2016.
This allegation happened right “after tapes surfaced of Trump and Billy Bush making obscene comments about women,” (Richie, 2016). So, after the tapes were released, women and others were heated up and claimed that Trump touched them to possibly get publicity and/or to ruin Trump’s chances at Presidency. Also, with RuPaul’s incident happening in the ’90s, he probably didn’t go see someone about it around the time when it happened, so there’s no evidence that Trump did in fact touch him inappropriately.
Also, I checked into the World News Daily Report website and the headlines of other articles were bizarre as one read “Colorado: Hunter Claims He Was Sexually Assaulted By A Sasquatch.” I also scrolled down the bottom of the page where I found a disclaimer that said “World News Daily Report assumes all responsibility for the satirical nature of its articles and for the fictional nature of their content. All characters appearing in the articles in this website – even those based on real people – are entirely fictional…” I find the disclaimer helpful, so people don’t actually dig into the story too much and just have something to laugh about.
But, it also surprised me at why World News Daily Report would do a story on actual celebrities, such as RuPaul and Donald Trump, when they are trying to entertain people with satire news.
Then I finally googled RuPaul and Donald Trump and saw that World News Daily Report was the only source that reported on the claim of inappropriate touching, meaning that no credible sources picked up the story, so it must not be valid. Also, World News Daily Report cited RuPaul’s quotes from the Hollywood Enquirer, which I couldn’t find anything regarding the Hollywood Enquirer. “In an exclusive interview with the Hollywood Inquirer, Rupaul said that Mr. Trump “made a move” on him during an event celebrating the release of the movie To Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything! Julie Newmar.”
Based on this exercise of examining fake news, I know to be cautious of news stories I see posted on Facebook or any other social media platform or on google in general, unless a story is mentioned by multiple credible sources like the NY Times, Washington Post, or sports news that I follow from ESPN and SNY or strictly from my favorite team’s official page.
Ritchie, Hannah. Read All about It: The Fakest News Stories of 2016. CNBC, 30 Dec. 2016, http://www.cnbc.com/2016/12/30/read-all-about-it-the-biggest-fake-news-stories-of-2016.html.
Rupaul Claims Trump Touched Him Inappropriately in the 1990s. World News Daily Report, worldnewsdailyreport.com/rupaul-claims-trump-touched-him-inappropriately-in-the-1990s/.