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Fake News: White Supremacist Group Did NOT Decline Invitation To Protest in South Central Los Angeles

  • by: Maarten Schenk
  • (Mon, 21 Aug 2017 21:12:16 Z)

Fake/satire website NC Scooper posted an article titled "White Supremacist Group Politely Declines Invitation to Protest in South Central Los Angeles" that opened:

Stone Mountain, GA -- A Georgia-based white supremest group has politely declined an invitation to hold a protest in South Central Los Angeles, CNN is reporting today. The South Gate-based group Community Action Now or CAN invited the Knights of Stone Mountain to participate in a "free speech" event in nearby Watts, CA, however after careful consideration, the controversial and outspoken white supremacist group issued a statement on Facebook backing out of the planned even in September.

"The Knights of Stone Mountain have a long tradition of speaking our mind for the rights of the common white man," announced the group via various social media outlets including Facebook, Twitter and MySpace. "However we've made a decision to not attend the upcoming event due to a conflict in our calendar."

The group's leader, a bearded 56-year-old unemployed welder Jim 'Bodean' James, said the move had nothing to do with safety concerns.

"I know what you fake news L├╝genpresse people are thinking, we're not stupid," said an obstinate Mr. James speaking over the telephone following the announcement. "It's just that we're sponsoring a church flea market that day and can't make it. Maybe next time, OK?"

The article is completely made up and holds not truth at all. There is no organisation named "The Knights of Stone Mountain" and the image that accompanies the story is a photoshopped image superimposing some people with guns on a picture of a march on Compton Boulevard protesting the death of Noel Aguilar.


In addition to that the Nevada County Scooper (NCScooper) is a fake news website with following satire disclaimer on their Terms and Conditions page:

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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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