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Fake News: Democratic Party NOT Selling Official Riot Supplies

  • by: Maarten Schenk
  • (Thu, 11 Oct 2018 21:32:49 Z)

Are the Democrats now selling official riot supplies like pitchforks, torches and rocks in their official web store? No, that's not true: the story was made up by a Christian-themed satire website. It is not real.

The story originated from an article published by The Babylon Bee on October 11, 2018 titled "Democratic Party Now Selling Official Riot Supplies" (archived here) which opened:

U.S.--The official web store of the Democratic Party announced a slew of new products Thursday geared toward helping left-leaning voters incite riots and mob people they disagree with in public places.

The Democratic National Committee proudly announced the varied offerings, including pitchforks, medieval torches, throwing rocks, and more.

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Democratic Party Now Selling Official Riot Supplies

U.S.--The official web store of the Democratic Party announced a slew of new products Thursday geared toward helping left-leaning voters incite riots and mob people they disagree with in public places.The Democratic National Committee proudly announced the varied offerings, including pitchforks, medieval torches, throwing rocks, and more."When they g ...

A quick look at the actual webshop shows the story is not true. Here are the products that are currently "New":

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We checked the rest of the shop too, there is no riot gear there.

Which makes total sense since "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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