Blog Post on Fake News

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.

Sources:

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/.

 

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Morgan Golliver

Senior at Utica College

3 thoughts on “Blog Post on Fake News”

  1. I feel like the World News Daily is probably like The Onion, posting stories that aren’t true. Even though this one might’ve been believable to a certain point, maybe World News Daily should have a disclaimer posted on every page or at the beginning of every story to make sure people don’t think it’s true.

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    1. Hi Morgan, fake news isn’t new. We may think it is because we have that thing called the Internet as well as social media where one little piece of misinformation can spread and explode like wildfire in a matter of seconds. But for years we’ve had tabloids like The Enquirer and InTouch magazine. Back in the day there was even this thing called “yellow journalism.” So, do you think that there is more fake news out there today thanks to technology or that we just hear about it or are exposed to it more?

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  2. I think these websites that create satirical content are aware that their work is likely to gain traction when they use the names of certain people. This is especially so when these people are already gaining a lot of media attention. If the authors of these stories that became fake news cared about their negative effects, they would clearly state it somewhere in the stories that the work is fictitious/satirical. Ultimately, because checking the credibility of a news source requires extra effort, fake news will continue to proliferate. No-one wants to take the extra step to fact check. That’s because we don’t have time, we don’t care, or the fake news is just more entertaining.

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