Hoax Alert

Fake News: There Was NO Crash That Killed Tucker Carlson

  • by: Maarten Schenk

Our favorite fake news/satire site The Resistance: The Last Line of Defense is at it again with a hoax article titled: "BREAKING: Crash That Killed Tucker Carlson Was No Accident", after an earlier fake story titled: "BREAKING: Fox Star Tucker Carlson In Critical Condition After Head On Collision Driving Home".

This one starts:

Fox News superstar Tucker Carlson succumbed to his injuries and died overnight after being hit head-on while driving home. The Ford Explorer that crossed the median to slam into him was stolen, reinforced to sustain a head-on collision without killing the driver and left at the scene. After a preliminary investigation, police have ruled out an accident and Carlson's cause of death has been ruled a homicide.

Yep, it's yet another death hoax...

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It also features a supposed quote from "Carlson's secretary, Beth Anne Wiles" who supposedly talked to Breitbart News but the words "Breitbart News" are actually a link to this photo on the Flickr account of Michael Bingaman:

Tucker Carlson is fine, the story is not true at all.

The Resistance: The Last Line of Defense is a fake news website that carries following disclaimer on its about page:

DISCLAIMER: The Resistance may include information from sources that may or may not be reliable and facts that don't necessarily exist. All articles should be considered satirical and any and all quotes attributed to actual people complete and total baloney. Pictures that represent actual people should be considered altered and not in any way real.

The site also tends to include nonsensical phrases or insults hints in the list of "categories" under the article titles:

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According to Buzzfeed the site was originally meant to troll conservatives with over the top satirical articles but now appears to be used as a 'source' by a large network of actual fake news sites (not related to the original creator) that all repost the same articles mentioning it as the source but not acknowlediging the satire disclaimer. This causes many people to believe the fake stories especially when they are being shared on social media where all context is removed and only the title, image and description remain. Sites in the network appear to include:

Meanwhile the story is being shared around widely as you can see in the Trendolizer graph at the end of this article. If you notice anyone spreading the rumor around you can help by pointing them to this article here because nobody likes fake news.

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