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Fake News: Angela Merkel Did NOT Say Trump Has Almost Destroyed The New World Order

  • by: Maarten Schenk
  • (Sun, 09 Dec 2018 20:12:28 Z)

Did German chancellor Angela Merkel say that U.S. President Donald Trump has almost destroyed "The New World Order"? No, that's not true: a notoriously unreliable website misquoted Merkel based on a year-old news article. She never said it.

The story originated from an article published by NewsPunch (formerly YourNewsWire) on December 7, 2018 titled "Angela Merkel: Trump Has Almost Destroyed The 'New World Order'" (archived here) which opened:

German chancellor Angela Merkel has admitted that the New World Order is 'under threat' due to the rise of President Trump and the trend of Trump-supporting populist leaders winning elections around the world in the past year.

The German leader slammed the rejection of open borders and globalism, and poured scorn on the patriotic movement currently sweeping across Europe, the U.S, Brazil, Australia and other parts of the world.

"Frankly speaking, the country I have the honor to represent and where I am chancellor has difficulties. And polarization is something that we see in our country as well, which we haven't had for decades," Merkel said at Davos.

Screenshot of https://newspunch.com/angela-merkel-trump-world-order/

Users on social media only saw this title, description and thumbnail, which hides the fact her speech is quite old news since it happened almost a year ago:

Angela Merkel: Trump Has Almost Destroyed The 'New World Order'

The German leader slammed the rejection of open borders and globalism

The source given for the quote is this article dated January 24, 2018:

German leader Merkel says the current world order is under threat

Merkel's comments come amid continued speculation over Germany, and indeed Merkel's, political future after months of negotiations aimed at forming a coalition government. This after no one party gained a majority in last September's election.

Merkel was not speaking about a "new world order" but about "the current world order". And it is not "destroyed" but "under threat". And she didn't name Trump directly but spoke about "polarization", "protectionism" and "populism" in general.

The fact that the article is almost a year old also contradics NewsPunch claim that what Merkel said was about "the trend of Trump-supporting populist leaders winning elections around the world in the past year" since that hadn't happened yet when she made the speech.

NewsGuard, a company that uses trained journalist to rank the reliability of websites, describes newspunch.com as:

A news and conspiracy website that regularly publishes false information and far-right conspiracy theories. The site was formerly housed under the domain yournewswire.com.

According to NewsGuard the site does not maintain basic standards of accuracy and accountability. Read their full assessment here.

NewsPuch was formerly named YourNewsWire and the site has published several hoaxes and fake news articles in the past so anything they write or publish should be taken with a large grain of salt. Their Facebook page "The People's Voice" recently lost its verification checkmark according to a report from MMFA.

The Terms of Use of the site also make it clear they don't really stand behind the accuracy of any of their reporting:

THE PEOPLE'S VOICE, INC. AND/OR ITS SUPPLIERS MAKE NO REPRESENTATIONS ABOUT THE SUITABILITY, RELIABILITY, AVAILABILITY, TIMELINESS, AND ACCURACY OF THE INFORMATION, SOFTWARE, PRODUCTS, SERVICES AND RELATED GRAPHICS CONTAINED ON THE SITE FOR ANY PURPOSE.

The site was profiled in the Hollywood reporter where it was described as:

Your News Wire, a 3-year-old website of murky facts and slippery spin, is published by Sean Adl-Tabatabai and Sinclair Treadway -- a Bernie Sanders supporter in 2016 -- out of an apartment in L.A.'s historic El Royale.

RationalWiki described it as:

YourNewsWire (styled as YourNewsWire.com[1]) is an Los Angeles-based clickbait fake news website known for disseminating conspiracy theories and misleading information, contrary to its claimed motto ("News. Truth. Unfiltered").[1]

A while ago we also reported that YourNewsWire had rebranded itself as NewsPunch by changing its domain name in an apparent effort to evade filtering/blocking.

We wrote about newspunch.com 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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