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Fake News: Trump NOT Knocked Unconscious By Muslim Man Posing As Fox News Reporter

  • by: Maarten Schenk
  • (Sun, 13 Aug 2017 17:50:22 Z)

Fake news website ActionNews3 posted a hoax article titled "Trump Knocked Unconscious By Muslim Man Posing As Fox News Reporter" which opened:

A radical Muslim who attempted to kill a Christian pastor earlier this month was arrested for an attack on President Donald Trump.

According to the United States Secret Service, Ibn Yakoobi was a "Muslim extremist" who was part of a mob that recently attacked Christians and destroyed their church in Mobile, Alabama in July.

The attack took place today outside of Trump Towers in New York as the President was exiting the building into his presidential motorcade. After being greeted by reporters, one man stepped forward introducing himself as a commentator from the conservative new station FOX News.

The story is entirely fake and not true at all.


The image used in the story is from a Wrestlemania event Trump participated in before he was president. The screenshot in question has been used in various fake news stories since then, as reported by Snopes.

ActionNews3 is hosted on the same IP address as Now8News, a well known fake news website. Neither the White House nor Fox News have made any mention of the attack so we are going to go ahead and call this fake news.

That didn't stop thousands of people from sharing the story as Trendolizer graph at the end of this article shows. Might be a case of taking ones wishes for granted, might be something else, we don't know. But if you see people sharing this 'news' thinking it is real, please send them over here to be put back in touch with reality...

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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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