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Fake News: Malcolm X's Daughter Did NOT Say "My Dad Would Be Ashamed Obama Was Our President"

  • by: Maarten Schenk
  • (Thu, 22 Aug 2019 07:52:18 Z)

Did Rosanna Blake say 'My Dad Would Be Ashamed Obama Was Our President' and was she the daughter of Malcom X? No, that's not true: Malcom X had six daughters but none named Rosanna Blake. The story was published by a liberal satire website that tries to fool Trump supporters and Republicans into sharing made up stories that are clearly marked as satire when you actually click them. Articles from the site are frequently copied by foreign-run fake news websites. The people liking and sharing these stories are enriching foreign website operators (or a liberal from Maine) via the ad revenue generated with the content which is probably not what they expected or wanted.

The story originated from an article published by Taters Gonna Tate on August 15, 2019 titled "Malcolm X's Daughter: 'My Dad Would Be Ashamed Obama Was Our President'" (archived here) which opened:

Rosanna Blake, the daughter of famed 1960's civil rights activist, Malcolm X, is speaking out about Obama's legacy as president and it's not flattering. She didn't mince words in her description of the Obama Presidency, callling it "shameful" and "a blight on our history."

The upcoming Dateline interview will reveal all but we are able to display a few "teasers" provided by the network.

Screenshot of https://tatersgonnatate.com/x-marks-the-tater/

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Malcolm X's Daughter: 'My Dad Would Be Ashamed Obama Was Our President'

Rosanna Blake, the daughter of famed 1960's civil rights activist, Malcolm X, is speaking out about Obama's legacy as president and it's not flattering. She didn't mince wor...

There were several hints in the story that indicated it was not real (beside all the disclaimers on the website):

  • It was posted in the category "Dream Come True For You Fan Fiction"
  • It used a stock photo as the main image:

African American woman smiling

  • A second photo in the story (of a different woman) was captioned:

The fictional Rosanna Blake in another shot. Notice she looks nothing like the cover picture? What does that tell you?

In reality Malcom X did have six daughters but they were named Attallah, Qubilah, Ilyasah, Gamilah, Malikah, and Malaak, you can see them featured in this story:

Malcolm X's Daughters Take to the Runway

As far as revolutionary fashion goes, Che Guevara has the T-shirt market covered. But the six daughters of Malcolm X-Attallah, Qubilah, Ilyasah, Gamilah, Malikah, and Malaak-recently announced a clothing line, called Malcolm X Legacy, that rebrands their father's message for the pussy-hat era, in the form of sweatshirts, hats, and T-shirts bearing slogans such as "By Any Means Necessary" and "A Man Who Stands for Nothing Will Fall for Anything."

Taters Gonna Tate is part of the "America's Last Line of Defense" network of satire websites run byself-professed liberal troll Christopher Blair from Maine along with a loose confederation of friends and allies. Blair has been in a feud with fact checking website Snopes for some time now and has also criticized other fact checkers in the past who labeled his work "fake news" instead of satire. In reaction to this he has recently rebranded all his active websites and Facebook pages so they carry extremely visible disclaimers everywhere.

Every site in the network has an about page that reads (in part):

About Satire
Before you complain and decide satire is synonymous with "comedy":

sat·ire
ˈsaˌtī(ə)r
noun
The use of humor, irony, exaggeration, or ridicule to expose and criticize people's stupidity or vices, particularly in the context of contemporary politics and other topical issues.

Everything on this website is fiction. It is not a lie and it is not fake news because it is not real. If you believe that it is real, you should have your head examined. Any similarities between this site's pure fantasy and actual people, places, and events are purely coincidental and all images should be considered altered and satirical. See above if you're still having an issue with that satire thing.

Articles from Blair's sites frequently get copied by "real" fake news sites who often omit the satire disclaimer and any other hints the stories are fake. Blair has tried to get these sites shut down in the past but new ones keep cropping up.

Here is a video of Blair explaining how his process works:

If you are interested in learning more about Blair and the history of his sites, here is something to get you started:

The Ultimate Christopher Blair and America's Last Line of Defense Reading List | Lead Stories

STORY UPDATED: check for updates below. Yesterday Eli Saslow at the Washington Post wrote a fantastic article about Christopher Blair, a man from Maine who has been trolling conservatives and Trump supporters online for years and occasionally even made a living out of it.

If you see one of his stories on a site that does not contain a satire disclaimer, assume it is fake news. If you do see the satire disclaimer it is of course also fake news.

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

A site that publishes false stories and hoaxes that are often mistaken for real news, part of a network named America's Last Line of Defense run by hoax perpetrator Christopher Blair.

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

We wrote about tatersgonnatate.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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