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Fake News: Susan Rice Housekeeper NOT Found Dead In A Lake After FBI Interview

  • by: Maarten Schenk
  • (Wed, 20 Sep 2017 19:31:03 Z)

Famous fake/satire website The Resistance: The Last Line of Defense posted a hoax article titled "UPDATE: Susan Rice's Housekeeper Found Dead In A Lake After FBI Interview". The article was swiftly copied by fake news site Liberty Info (archived) and other fake news sites where it went viral. The story opened:

Susan Rice is going to prison. At this point, it's not speculation. It's not conjecture. It's a certainty. The only variable is "when" - especially after her housekeeper was found dead.

As Fox News revealed this morning, Rice's housekeeper was interviewed by the FBI and spilled the beans about numerous private conversations she overheard between Rice, members of the Obama administration, Hillary Clinton, and even the former President himself.

FBI agents were seen approaching the home of Maria de la Juerta Gomez on Monday, where they stayed for a good two or more hours. According to Attorney General Jeff Sessions, Gomez was able to provide "plenty of information" to aid in the investigation into Rice's abuse of her power in the Obama administration to "unmask" of people associated with Donald Trump in an effort to swing the election in favor of a certain "crooked" opponent of his.

The image used with the story is actually from 2014 and shows the body of a woman named Lorenza Arrelano being fished from a pond in Boyle Heights.

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There is nobody named "Maria de la Juerta Gomez" either according to Google.

The Resistance: The Last Line of Defense carries a satire disclaimer at the bottom of the page which reads:

In a cynical world where the news of the day often seems fake, The Last Line of Defense offers today's busy conservative a place to go to read things they'll enjoy and congregate with a bunch of people they agree with. So while everything on this site is a satirical work of fiction, we are proud to present it to those who will have called it real anyway.

The owner/writer of the site is self-professed liberal troll Christopher Blair, a man from Maine who has made it his full time job to troll gullible conservatives and Trump supporters into liking and sharing his articles. He runs several other websites, including asamericanasapplepie.org and freedumjunkshun.com and is also known under his nickname "Busta Troll".

Blair's articles frequently get copied by "real" fake news sites who often omit the satire disclaimer and any other hints the stories are fake. Blair has tried to get these sites shut down in the past but new ones keep cropping up.

If you see one of his stories on a site that does not contain a satire disclaimer, assume it is fake news. If you do see the satire disclaimer it is of course also fake news.

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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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