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Fake News: 2018 Spending Bill Does NOT Include $30 Million For Paying Off Trump Mistresses

  • by: Maarten Schenk
  • (Mon, 26 Mar 2018 21:07:49 Z)

Did the recent omnibus spending bill include $30 million for paying off the women President Trump allegedly had affairs with, for example porn star Stormy Daniels? Fortunately for taxpayers no such earmark exists: it all came from a satire website.

On March 26, 2018 The Babylon Bee posted an article titled "Confirmed: 2018 Spending Bill Includes $30 Million For Paying Off Trump Mistresses" (archived here) which opened:

WASHINGTON, D.C.--The recently passed omnibus federal spending bill includes up to $30 million earmarked for paying off women President Trump had affairs with, sources within Congress revealed Monday.

A small paragraph on the 768th page of the 2200-page document authorizes President Trump to spend tens of millions of dollars buying the silence of women he may have had affairs with. Senator Rand Paul discovered the line item when he hurriedly attempted to read through the bill before being rushed to vote on it last week, being the only person on the planet who actually read the massive document.

"I guess he got someone to slip the item in there before we voted on it. None of us read it so we had no idea it was in there," House Speaker Paul Ryan said. "What can you do? I'm definitely not gonna read it."

Screenshot of http://babylonbee.com/news/confirmed-2018-spending-bill-includes-30-million-for-paying-off-trump-mistresses/

To users on social media who only saw the summary the story might have looked like a regular news report:

Confirmed: 2018 Spending Bill Includes $30 Million For Paying Off Trump Mistresses

WASHINGTON, D.C.--The recently passed omnibus federal spending bill includes up to $30 million earmarked for paying off women President Trump had affairs with, sources within Congress revealed Monday. A small paragraph on the 768th page of the 2200-page document authorizes President Trump to spend tens of millions of dollars buying the silence of women he ...

But it was all satire: we wrote about The Babylon Bee before, check out some other satirical articles they posted which were mistaken by some for real news and subsequently achieved some viral succes:

Note that "The Babylon Bee" comes with following dislaimer on every page:

The Babylon Bee is Your Trusted Source For Christian News Satire.

Some of their other greatest hits from the past include:

With a track record like that it is clear that you shouldn't take anything posted on the site seriously and you definitely shouldn't confuse it with real 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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