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Fake News: Trump Did NOT Order Replica Nobel Peace Prize to Display on His Desk

  • by: Maarten Schenk
  • (Wed, 16 May 2018 20:58:47 Z)

Did President Donald Trump order a replica of the Nobel Peace Prize to display on his desk in the Oval Office? No, that's not true: it was made up by a satire website seeking to mock Trump. It did not really happen (although many people wouldn't be surprised if it did, which is why we are writing this article).

The joke originated from an article published on May 16, 2018 by The Borowitz Report that was titled "Trump Orders Replica Nobel Peace Prize to Display on His Desk" (archived here) and which opened:

WASHINGTON (The Borowitz Report)--Donald J. Trump has ordered a replica of the Nobel Peace Prize and is displaying it prominently on his desk in the Oval Office, the White House confirmed on Wednesday.

The replica of the Nobel medallion is mounted on what the White House described as a "tasteful black-velvet background" with an engraved plaque reading, "Donald J. Trump, 2018 Winner."

At the daily White House briefing, the press secretary, Sarah Huckabee Sanders, said that Trump "took the initiative" to award himself the Peace Prize rather than "waiting around" for the Nobel committee, in Oslo, to bestow it on him.

Screenshot of https://www.newyorker.com/humor/borowitz-report/trump-orders-replica-nobel-peace-prize-to-display-on-his-desk

Although there has been talk about nominating Donald Trump for the prize, he hasn't ordered a replica yet as far as we know:

Calls for Trump to Get a Nobel Peace Prize Are Getting Louder

Donald Trump's supporters are pushing for him to win the Nobel Peace Prize - a move that's being met by smirks and eye rolls in Europe

The story actually appeared in the satire column of The New Yorker ("The Borowitz Report" by Andy Borowitz) which was acquired in 2012 by the magazine. Although the section with the columns and all the articles in it are clearly marked as satire the stories frequently get confused for real news by people who only see the title and summary on social media and who assume it must be real because the link goes to the actual website of The New Yorker. To them it would look somewhat like this, with an easy to miss "Not the news" being the only indication it is not real:

In part to combat this the main page of The Borowitz Report comes with a clear heading that simply states:

Satire from the Borowitz Report

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To be safe, whenever you see a link that goes to any article on the "newyorker.com" website, always check if the rest of the link says "/humor/borowitz-report/" somewhere. If it does, don't believe a thing you read...

We wrote about newyorker.com before, here are our most recent articles that mention the site:

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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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