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Fake News: Hillary Clinton NOT In 6-Car Collission In New Hampshire

  • by: Maarten Schenk
  • (Sat, 11 Aug 2018 22:17:54 Z)

Was Hillary Clinton involved in a 6-car collision in New Hampshire? No, that's not true: the story was made up by a website run by a man who has run several Hillary Clinton death hoaxes in the past. We suspect this article is just the set up for a new one. The car crash did not happen.

The story originated from an article published by America's Last Line of Defense on August 11, 2018 titled "BREAKING: Hillary Clinton In 6-Car Collission In New Hampshire" (archived here) which opened:

According to our source at the Laconia National Gazette, Hillary Clinton has been rushed to the hospital after being evacuated from a 6-car pileup on Interstate 95. The man traveling with her says she was at a "secret campaign function" in the Granite State.

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BREAKING: Hillary Clinton In 6-Car Collission In New Hampshire

According to our source at the Laconia National Gazette, Hillary Clinton has been rushed to the hospital after being evacuated from a 6-car pileup on Interstat

So why is it not true? For starters, the source given by the story is the "Laconia National Gazette", a newspaper which does not exist. The words "our source" link to an image which says:

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The site comes with a clear satire disclaimer at the bottom of each article:

sat·ire ~ˈsaˌtī(ə)r
noun
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.

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 americaslastlineofdefense.org 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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