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Fake News: SNL Did NOT Announce Their Next Trump Skit Will Be All Females

  • by: Maarten Schenk
  • (Wed, 08 Feb 2017 22:38:56 Z)

The website Real Time Politics posted an article titled: "Oh My GOD! SNL Just Announced Their Next Skit Will Be ALL FEMALES - GUESS WHO IS BEING TRUMP". This lead many people to incorrectly believe that Saturday Night Live just announced that their next Trump skit would be played by an all female cast.

In fact the article was just recapping what many people on Twitter were hoping for after the episode in which Melissa McCarthy portrayed White House press secretary Sean Spicer, namely that more such skits would follow, possibly including Rosie O'Donnell as Steve Bannon.

Nancy Pelosi even tweeted an image with more suggestions:

The Real Time Politics article was merely used as clickbait on Facebook by enticing people to share or comment on the post if they thought the SNL skit should happen.

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The clickbait strategy certainly worked (check the Trendolizer graph at the end of this article) but neither the SNL website nor the official SNL twitter account made any mention of the 'announcement' so this is clearly fake news.

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About the author:

Maarten Schenk is our resident expert on fake news and hoax websites. He likes to go beyond just debunking trending fake news stories and is endlessly fascinated by the dazzling variety of psychological and technical tricks used by the people and networks who intentionally spread made-up things on the internet.  He can often be found at conferences and events about fake news, disinformation and fact checking when he is not in his office in Belgium monitoring and tracking the latest fake article to go viral.

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