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Fake News: Rapper Kendrick Lamar NOT Shot Outside Los Angeles Studio & Is NOT In Critical Condition

  • by: Alan Duke
  • (Mon, 10 Sep 2018 17:53:26 Z)

Was rapper Kendrick Lamar shot outside a Los Angeles studio? Not, this is a celebrity death hoax created by a known "fake news generator" website.

The story originated from an article published on September 9, 2018 titled "Rapper "Kendrick Lamar" shot outside Los Angeles studio. Is now suffering in critical conditions " (archived here) which opened:

Compton based rapper Kendrick Lamar was reportedly shot 8 times outside of a Los Angeles studio around 12:47 a.m.......

Screenshot of https://cbsnews.us/2018/09/9/Rapper--Kendrick-Lamar--shot-outside-Los--Angeles-studio--Is-now-suffering-in-critical-conditions/0UmFwcGVyIOKAnEtlbmRyaWNrIExhbWFy4oCdIHNob3Qgb3V0c2lkZSBMb3MgIEFuZ2VsZXMgc3R1ZGlvLiBJcyBub3cgc3VmZmVyaW5nIGluIGNyaXRpY2FsIGNvbmRpdGlvbnMg.Q29tcHRvbiBiYXNlZCByYXBwZXIgS2VuZHJpY2sgTGFtYXIgd2FzIHJlcG9ydGVkbHkgc2hvdCA4IHRpbWVzIG91dHNpZGUgb2YgYSBMb3MgQW5nZWxlcyBzdHVkaW8gYXJvdW5kIDEyOjQ3IGEubS4uLi4uLi4=.aHR0cHM6Ly9mYXJtOC5zdGF0aWNmbGlja3IuY29tLzcyNDQvNzE4ODM4Mjc5NV8xZDZkZWRlNzNkX3ouanBn

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Rapper "Kendrick Lamar" shot outside Los Angeles studio. Is now suffering in critical conditions

Compton based rapper Kendrick Lamar was reportedly shot 8 times outside of a Los Angeles studio around 12:47 a.m.......

The site is part of a network of prank websites centered around thefakenewsgenerator.com that allow anyone to create a realistic looking fake news article. The network offers a selection of misleading domain names that can be used to make it look like an article came from real news websites such as CBS News, Associated Press or The New York Times. Each hoax article comes with following disclaimer at the top of the page:

You clicked this fake news story. Now make your own!

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Editor-in-Chief Alan Duke co-founded Lead Stories after a 26-year career with CNN. He mainly covers entertainment, current affairs and politics. Duke closely covered domestic terrorism cases for CNN, including the Oklahoma City federal building bombing, the UNABOMBER and search for Southeast bomber Eric Robert Rudolph. CNN moved Duke to Los Angeles in 2009 to cover the entertainment beat. Duke also co-hosts a daily podcast with former HLN host Nancy Grace, "Crime Stories with Nancy Grace." You'll also see Duke in many news documentaries, including on the Reelz channel, CNN and HLN.

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