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Fake News: Bill Clinton Did NOT Say Allegations Of Sexual Misconduct Should Disqualify A Man From Public Office

  • by: Maarten Schenk
  • (Tue, 25 Sep 2018 21:23:54 Z)

Did former president Bill Clinton really say "Allegations Of Sexual Misconduct Should Disqualify A Man From Public Office"? No, that's not true: the quote was made up by a Christian-themed satire website. He never said it, the quote is not real.

The story originated from an article published on September 25, 2018 by The Babylon Bee titled "Bill Clinton: 'Allegations Of Sexual Misconduct Should Disqualify A Man From Public Office'" (archived here) which opened:

WASHINGTON, D.C.--In the midst of Judge Kavanaugh's ongoing confirmation process, Bill Clinton offered a few words in order to discourage the Senate from confirming the man to the Supreme Court, claiming that "allegations of sexual misconduct should disqualify a man from public office."

Speaking to an interviewer on MSNBC, Clinton came out swinging, stating in no uncertain terms that "any single allegation of sexual misconduct should immediately call into question a man's ability to help lead a nation."

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Bill Clinton: 'Allegations Of Sexual Misconduct Should Disqualify A Man From Public Office'

WASHINGTON, D.C.--In the midst of Judge Kavanaugh's ongoing confirmation process, Bill Clinton offered a few words in order to discourage the Senate from confirming the man to the Supreme Court, claiming that "allegations of sexual misconduct should disqualify a man from public office."Speaking to an interviewer on MSNBC, Clinton came out sw ...

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

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

Some of their greatest past hits 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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