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Fake News: Paula White NOT Selling Trump-Blessed 'Prayer Flags'

  • by: Alan Duke
  • (Sat, 13 May 2017 18:52:58 Z)

Televangelist Paula White is not selling "prayer flags" blessed by President Donald Trump for $100 a piece, contrary to a fake story being shared widely on social platforms by people who apparently believe the report. A very similar untrue article was published by the same website in July 2016.

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The story may be believable to those who believe President Trump is not a religious man, but is using the religious right for political gain. The article begins:

Televangelist Paula White, a close confidant of President Donald Trump, is capitalizing on their friendship. White, a notorious proponent of the prosperity gospel, is now hawking "prayer flags," for $100 a piece.

"These flags will enhance your prayer request, since they have been prayed over by both the president and I," said White in a message on her website.

How do we know it is fake? Because the web publishers says so in the site's "about" section:

The Business Standard News is a satirical site designed to parody the 24-hour news cycle. The stories are outlandish, but reality is so strange nowadays they could be true.

The site has been in operation since at least July 25, 2015 when it published a satirical article claiming the KKK had endorsed Donald Trump. The articles on the site, the Whois record for the domain name and the @bizstandardnews twitter account all identify "Jamal Whiteman" as the author behind the site.


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About the author:

Editor-in-Chief Alan Duke co-founded Lead Stories after ending a 26-year career with CNN, where he mainly covered entertainment, current affairs and politics. Duke closely covered domestic terrorism cases for CNN, including the Oklahoma City federal building bombing, the UNABOMBER and search for Southeast bomber Eric Robert Rudolph. CNN moved Duke to Los Angeles in 2009 to cover the entertainment beat. Duke also co-hosted a daily podcast with former HLN host Nancy Grace, "Crime Stories with Nancy Grace" and hosted the podcast series "Stan Lee's World: His Real Life Battle with Heroes & Villains." You'll also see Duke in many news documentaries, including on the Reelz channel, CNN and HLN.

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