Fake News Giant: I Feel Bad About Putting Trump in the White House
Fake news writer Paul Horner is incredulous that his fake news articles, complete with fake secondary sources, fooled people on Facebook.
The Hill reports:
A prolific fake-news writer says he is responsible for Donald Trump’s win in presidential election.
Paul Horner, whose fake news stories often go viral on Facebook and Twitter, told The Intersect, a Washington Post blog, that Trump supporters were especially susceptible to being fooled.
“My sites were picked up by Trump supporters all the time,” Horner said. “I think Trump is in the White House because of me.
“His followers don’t fact-check anything — they’ll post everything, believe anything. His campaign manager posted my story about a protester getting paid $3,500 as fact. Like, I made that up. I posted a fake ad on Craigslist.”
A number of Trump’s campaign aides have tweeted out some of Horner’s articles, believing them to be real.
In March, Trump’s then-campaign manager, Corey Lewandowski, and one of the president-elect’s son, Eric Trump, both shared a link to a Horner story about a protester admitting that he was paid to demonstrate at a Trump rally.
Horner also said he published his hoaxes to make Trump supporters look stupid.
“I thought they’d fact-check it, and it’d make them look worse,” Horner said. “I mean, that’s how this always works: Someone posts something I write, then they find out it’s false, then they look like idiots.
“But Trump supporters — they just keep running with it! They never fact-check anything! Now he’s in the White House. Looking back, instead of hurting the campaign, I think I helped it. And that feels [bad].”
Horner said that he has been surprised at how popular his articles were.
“Honestly, people are definitely dumber,” he said when asked why business was so good for him this year. “They just keep passing stuff around.”
“Nobody fact-checks anything anymore — I mean, that’s how Trump got elected,” Horner continued. “He just said whatever he wanted, and people believed everything, and when the things he said turned out not to be true, people didn’t care because they’d already accepted it. It’s real scary. I’ve never seen anything like it.”
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