Another ‘News’ Story Debunked As ‘Fake News’
One of President Trump's favorite go-to phrases is "Fake News" and, it seems, there's plenty of fake news going around.
If you are on social media and you come across a story that makes your blood boil because it depicts underhanded actions by someone in the "other" political party, or makes you laugh because it ridicules someone in the "other" political party, take a moment to research prior to hitting the "Share" button.
Today I came across a post by a Facebook friend that he had shared. Right below that post was a "Related Post", by Facebook, totally debunking the post that made my friend's blood boil.
The first thing I noticed about the post was the website from which the post was shared. It's Potatriots Unite.
Read that again: it's not "Patriots Unite". It's "Potatriots Unite". What is a "Potartiot", you ask? Well, it's a website for fake news. Yes, there are websites that write fake news stories and their specific intent is to get your blood boiling with their stories so that you will share them.
Here's the headline: "Pelosi Diverts $2.4 Billion From Social Security To Cover Impeachment Costs"
One of the things that makes MY blood boil is this: if he would have clicked on the story, he would have seen, in big, bold letters at the top of the website's page: "Potatriots Unite: For Satire, Ridicule, and Mockery". In other words: Fake News.
Don't fall for it. Read. Click through. Research. Don't just look at the headline and then click "Share".
Look, I'm not Nancy Pelosi's biggest fan. I'm not President Trump's biggest fan. In fact, I'm not a fan of most of our elected officials (I know, I'm supposed to hate the game, not the player). It just breaks my heart to see when my friends fall for this divisive, fake news.
I falter sometimes, but I do try my best to not share "Fake News", regardless of its intent.