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Fake News: Trump Did NOT Order Navy Fleet To Spell Out 'Donald's The Best' With Warships

  • by: Maarten Schenk
  • (Wed, 23 Aug 2017 15:06:14 Z)

A satirical website published an article with a photoshopped image suggesting Donald Trump was planning to use U.S. Navy ships to spell out phrases singing his own praise that would be visible from space. The article, titled "Trump Orders Navy Fleet To Spell Out 'Donald's The Best' With Warships", opened:

THE US naval fleet in the Pacific Ocean has been put on high alert after reports from Washington suggested that President Donald Trump may be planning to send more ships to the area and arrange them so that they spell out a message that can be seen from space.

Trump is currently deciding between 'Donald's the best' and 'Trump is number one', and has begun negotiations with his military advisors to see which one would be possible with the warships available in the area at the moment.


Of course the image is clearly a photoshopped fake as all the warships in it are the same (but some have different sizes). In addition to that, "Waterford Whispers News", the site that published the article, is a well known satire website with following disclaimer:

Waterford Whispers News is a fabricated satirical newspaper and comedy website published by Waterford Whispers News.

Waterford Whispers News uses invented names in all its stories, except in cases when public figures are being satirized. Any other use of real names is accidental and coincidental.

So if you see the story pop up in your newsfeed (or maybe just the image) know that it originated on a satirical website and that you are allowed to laugh at people sharing it while believing it is real.

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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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