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Fake News: Tlaib and Omar Did NOT Co-sponsor Bill to Recognize Muslim Holidays as Federal Holidays

  • by: Maarten Schenk
  • (Wed, 16 Jan 2019 00:39:33 Z)

Did Congressmen Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib co-sponsor a bill to recognize muslim holidays as federal holidays? No, that's not true: the story was made up by a satire site that was launched just a few weeks ago and which seems to have scored a first big hit. The bill is not real, it does not exist.

The story originated from an article published by So Right It Hurts on January 14, 2019 titled "Tlaib and Omar Co-sponsor Bill to Recognize Muslim Holidays as Federal Holidays" (archived here) which opened:

Freshman Congressmen Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib have wasted no time in shaking up the US House of Representatives. Early Friday morning, Omar and Tlaib introduced a bill adding Islamic holidays to the Federal calendar which has traditionally only recognized American holidays.

Omar and Tlaib's bill would add Eid Al-Fitr at the end of Ramadan and the four-day-long celebration of Eid Al-Adha to the list of Federally recognized holidays, potentially granting reasons to banks, schools, and other businesses to remain closed for five additional days per year.

Screenshot of https://www.sorightithurts.com/2019/01/12/tlaib-and-omar-co-sponsor-bill-to-recognize-muslim-holidays-as-federal-holidays/

Users on social media only saw this title, description and thumbnail:

Tlaib and Omar Co-sponsor Bill to Recognize Muslim Holidays as Federal Holidays

Omar and Tlaib justified their work as making America more inclusive of it's Muslim-American population and moving us further away from our history as a primarily Christian nation.

But the site that posted the "news" was only registered a few weeks ago according to WHOIS data:

Domain Information
Registrar:Google Inc.
Registered On:2018-11-27
Expires On:2019-11-27
Updated On:2018-12-16

And the official website of the U.S. Congress makes no mention of any such bill on the page listing all bills sponsored or co-sponsored by Rashida Tlaib:

Rashida Tlaib

Sponsored legislation by Rashida Tlaib, the Representative from Michigan - in Congress from 2019 through Present

Rashida Tlaib

Sponsored legislation by Rashida Tlaib, the Representative from Michigan - in Congress from 2019 through Present

(We checked Omar too).

The site So Right it Hurts has an "About" section in the footer that reads:

This your source for all the political games, posturing, sex, lies and video tapes that come entirely from the imagination of the think tank we like to call So Right, It Hurts.

And a disclaimer page that reads (in part):

All information on the Site and our mobile app are paradoxical, that is a "literary work in which the style of an author or work is closely imitated for comic effect or in ridicule." These articles range from misleading to wildly imaginative and are provided in good faith the reader understands that, however, we make no representation or warranty of any kind, express or implied, regarding the accuracy, adequacy, validity, reliability, availability or completeness of any information on the Site or our mobile application.

So you probably shouldn't use the site to get your news from...

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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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