Snopes’ Field Guide to Fake News Sites and Hoax Purveyors


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I hope you’ve realized by now that Trump, the Alt-Right flavor of racists and bigots, know-nothings and nutballs, aren’t going to disappear the day after the election. Aside from deliberate hoaxters – who think they contribute to humor – the truthiness brigade of white nationalists and conspiracy nutballs will roll right along.

There are sufficient nooks and crannies in the Web and uneducated American brains to store their lies and slander for centuries. But, please, don’t get used to it. Among other resources, check in with snopes.com every now and then. Please.

4 thoughts on “Snopes’ Field Guide to Fake News Sites and Hoax Purveyors

  1. Disinformation says:

    Lifting imagery directly from Hillary Clinton’s campaign materials, ads being circulated on Twitter encourage supporters of the Democratic nominee to “vote early” and “vote from home” by texting their candidate’s name to a five-digit number (instead of actually casting a vote). https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/morning-mix/wp/2016/11/03/no-you-cant-text-your-vote-but-these-ads-tell-clinton-supporters-to-do-just-that/ “The ads seemed to gain traction after Twitter user @TheRickyVaughn tweeted them out along with the pro-Clinton hashtag #ImWithHer. The user, who had roughly 11,000 followers before his account was suspended, has previously tweeted conspiracy theories and racial and homophobic slurs, and regularly linked to polls favorable to Republican nominee Donald Trump. The same user appears to have been the source of a tweet from Texas Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller that drew widespread criticism on Tuesday. In the now-deleted tweet, Miller, a Republican who advises Trump, referred to Clinton as an obscene word for female genitalia, as The Washington Post reported.

  2. Cautionary tale says:

    “The Professional Protesters that Weren’t: How One Man’s Tweet Exploded into a Fake News Story Cited as Fact by Trump” http://www.allgov.com/news/top-stories/the-professional-protesters-that-werent-how-one-mans-tweet-exploded-into-a-fake-news-story-cited-as-fact-by-trump-161123?news=859811 “I’m…a very busy businessman and I don’t have time to fact-check everything that I put out there,” said Eric Tucker, who wrote the original tweet. His comment on Twitter the night after the election turned into a fake-news phenomenon that, within an hour, was cited by Donald Trump. It is an example of how, in an ever-connected world where speed often takes precedence over truth, an observation by a private citizen can quickly become a talking point, even as it is being proved false.”

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