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Fake News: Roseanne NOT Picked Up By NBC

  • by: Maarten Schenk
  • (Wed, 30 May 2018 06:38:08 Z)

Was Roseanne picked up by NBC after being cancelled by ABC over a racist tweet sent out by the show's star, Roseanne Barr? No, that's not true. The show was indeed cancelled over an innapropriate tweet but it wasn't picked up by NBC. That part was made up by a site that posts fake stories under the guise of satire designed to fool conservatives and Trump supporters into sharing over the top articles on social media so the site's fans can then mock them for it.

Earlier the site already claimed the show was picked up and then cancelled by Netflix and that Roseanne was to become White Hous Press Secretary.

The NBC story originated from an article published by Daily World Update on May 30, 2018 titled "BREAKING: Roseanne Picked Up By NBC" (archived here) which opened:

Roseanne started her day by making a joke that a bunch of liberal snowflakes found offensive. The next thing she knew, she was being canned by ABC for making a joke that got more than 190K laugh reacts on Facebook:

"I didn't know what to think. I mean...people know I support Trump. What did they expect?

Screenshot of https://dailyworldupdate.us/2018/05/29/breaking-roseanne-picked-up-by-nbc/

Daily World Update comes with a clear satire disclaimer at the bottom of each article:

sat·ire ~ˈsaˌtī(ə)r
the use of humor, irony, exaggeration, OR ridicule to expose and criticize people's stupidity or vices, particularly in the context of contemporary politics and other topical issues.
If you disagree with the definition of satire or have decided it is synonymous with "comedy," you should really just move along.

The owner and main 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 potatriotpost.us, dailyworldupdate.us and nofakenewsonline.us. Sometimes he is also known under his nickname "Busta Troll". A second man working on the sites is John Prager as revealed in this earlier story we wrote.

One of the hints in the story was the fake name of the NBC CEO (who in reality is named Steve Burke) attached to a fake quote:

Now NBC is carrying the torch, citing a need for raw television that appeals to baby boomers. CEO Art Tubolls said:

"The older generation loves this kind of stuff. Roseanne really resnoates. We'd love to take some of the ratings from hannity."

"Art Tubbols" is an anagram for "Busta Troll".

Articles from Blair's sites 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 and he keeps knocking them down.

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.

We wrote about dailyworldupdate.us 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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