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Fake News: Hillary Clinton, Chelsea Clinton NOT Dead In Boating Accident

  • by: Maarten Schenk
  • (Sat, 29 Jul 2017 17:16:20 Z)

It's saturday and that means epic troll Christopher Blair is launching another Hillary Clinton death hoax (he does this every week...). Blair usually works in sets of three articles and so far we've already spotted two: "BREAKING: Hillary And Chelsea Clinton Involved In Serious Boating Accident" and "BREAKING: Chelsea Clinton Dies In The OR-Hillary Still Critical After Boating Accident". We expect a third article announcing Hillary's death to come out soon.

UPDATE: And there it is: "BREAKING: Boating Accident That Killed Chelsea Clinton Claims Hillary Just Hours Later".

The first story started:

The Clinton women were enjoying a day of boating on Lake Huron just off the coast of Port Weatherly, North Dakota when something went terribly wrong. The Coast Guard says the boat went off course on its own and crashed into the rocks of a well-known reef, capsizing and throwing 11 people into the water.

While the second one began:

Chelsea Clinton was about to embark on a reign of terror similar to the one her mother has been on for 40 years when her life ended on the operating table at Chicago's St. Hope Hospital. Chelsea and her mother were involved in a boating accident this morning off the coast of North Dakota on Lake Huron.

Of course none of it is true. The image used with the second story is actually from a 2014 boating accident near San Diego.


The Resistance: The Last Line of Defense (the site that posted the hoax) is a fake news website that carries following disclaimer on its about page, in addition to a big fat satire logo near the bottom of each page:

DISCLAIMER: America's Last Line of Defense is a satirical publication that may sometimes appear to be telling the truth. We assure you that's not the case. We present fiction as fact and our sources don't actually exist. Names that represent actual people and places are purely coincidental and all images should be considered altered and do not in any way depict reality.

In other words, if you believe this crap you're a real dumbass.

The funny thing is Blair even inserted himself into the story as a spokesperson this time, commenting on the imminent arrival of Bill Clinton:

Clinton spokesman Christopher Blair told reporters:

"Mr. Clinton is in no way interested in engaging in whatever conspiracy theories you imbeciles will concoct over this. He's headed to see his wife and just learned that his daughter is dead. Have some respect."

So far the story has already fooled a few hundred people into sharing it, you can follow how big it gets by checking back to the Trendolizer graph at the end of this article in a few hours. Spot any Clinton supporters upset or distressed by the "news"? Send them over here to be reassured...

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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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