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Fake News: Trump Rally Crowd Size In Chicago Did NOT Show Dems Are Turning To Trump

  • by: Eric Ferkenhoff
  • (Fri, 13 Dec 2019 14:30:57 Z)

Did the Trump rally crowd size in Chicago show Democrats are turning to Trump? No, that's not true: The claim that the crowd size at President Donald Trump's rally in Chicago suggested Dems were leaning toward Trump was satire, published by a liberal who is trolling conservatives. Even the images used in the fake story show the piece is fiction. Still, many people read, believe, and share the article without awareness that it is a joke. Also, other websites steal the story for their own pages, but without the satire disclaimers.

The story originated from an article published by dailyworldupdate.us on December 4, 2019, titled "Trump Rally Crowd Size In Chicago Shows Dems Are Turning To Trump" (archived here) which opened:

The popularity of President Trump never stops growing......but you'll never hear that from the media. In fact, they will consistently push the nthearrative that the opposite is true. As rally sizes explode, opinion polls show overwhelming support, and democrats continue to walk away, mainstream media sources constantly suppress this information. We at DWU are NOT mainstream media.

A recent rally for President Trump in the democrat stronghold of Chicago, Illinois showed by numbers what we all knew from simple observation - Trump is loved by people everywhere.

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Trump Rally Crowd Size In Chicago Shows Dems Are Turning To Trump

The popularity of President Trump never stops growing......but you'll never hear that from the media. In fact, they will consistently push the narrative that the opposite is true. As ...

Though Trump has held rallies in Chicago, this story is made up, as the lead picture shows. The crowd shown in the photo is from the massive Live Aid concert in 1985, held as a fundraising event to ease famine in Ethiopia.

The story continues:

The event saw upwards of 150,000 people arrive to witness our leader's word and to show their absolute support for his reelection. Massive crowds filled both the stadium and the surrounding streets, with Trump 2020 t-shirts and signs everywhere. It was a glorious sight to see.

But to look at the usual media sources, one would think that this celebration of leadership didn't happen. They were completely silent, with not one acknowledging the grand spectacle. It was an example of truly shameless partisan reporting (or lack thereof).

But MSM cannot hide the truth in the online Information Age. As the numbers of responsible news outlets grows online, the hidden truth will continue find its way into the homes of citizens nationwide.

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

A news site that publishes false stories and hoaxes that are often mistaken for real news. The site is part of a network 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.

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About the author:

eric.jpgManaging Editor Eric Ferkenhoff has been a reporter, editor and professor for 27 years, working chiefly out of the Midwest and now the South. Focusing on the criminal and juvenile justice systems, education and politics, Ferkenhoff has won several journalistic and academic awards and helped start a fact-checking project at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he continues to teach advanced reporting. Ferkenhoff also runs a news outlet for a former “news desert” in Chatham County, North Carolina, and he writes and edits for the juvenile justice site JJIE.org.


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