We’re back with more fantastic fake news! Here are the top five false headlines that have been making the rounds on the internet this week. Now, I’m here to call them out on their bullsh*t. Donnie Freedom would sure be proud!
What fictitious trash do we got this time? Does any involve the infamous orange-powdered prince Donnie Freedom? Perhaps. But you’ll have to see for yourself, bub! Here is news more fake than the mainstream media…
FALSE: Trump’s Top Scientist Pick: “Scientists Are Just Dumb Regular People That Think Dinosaurs Existed And The Earth Is Getting Warmer”
Fact: This piece of horse poop was spread by the satirical web site U.S Political News. This comedy site took a real news story and infused it with made-up quotes that generally question the validity of climate change and evolution. Sam Clovis is believed to be President Donald Trump’s top pick for a U.S. Department of Agriculture research job. These false quotes speculate on the competence of scientists who believe in evolution and global warming. These made-up quotes are attributed to a nonexistent radio station known as KYXL.
More Facts: This fake news hijacked a story by ProPublica who showed us that Clovis doesn’t have the necessary research skills nor does he have the economic or educational qualifications necessary for the job. In other words, he’s a bad hombre for the job. But still, the man did not say that “scientists are just dumb regular people that think dinosaurs existed and the earth is getting warmer.”
FALSE: Iceland Paying Immigrants $5,000 Per Month To Marry Their Women
Fact: Another fake news story is making the rounds suggesting that the government of Iceland is paying immigrants $5,000 per month to marry their country’s women. It would be literally the legal definition of “take my wife, please.” But this story is total bull plop.
More Facts: The fictitious story alleges that the Icelandic government is paying these immigrants that large amount of money as a means to even out the male-to-female ration. This false narrative alleges that the women in the Iceland far overpopulate the men. This is simply not true, according to this island nation’s embassy in Washington. Iceland’s official statistics agency reported last year that the ratio difference is a 50/50 split between male and female citizens.
FALSE: Scott Baio Killed In Small Plane Crash On His Way To Mar-A-Lago
Fact: Numerous websites have circulated the made-up story about how “Happy Days” star Scott Baio’s plane crashed into a Louisiana hillside. The story claims that Baio was killed in the crash, and was originally on his way to Trump’s Mar-A-Lago estate in Florida. The plane is described as a single-engine Cessna.
More Facts: Scott Bao personally debunked this story on his Twitter account. He shared a photo of himself standing next to a private jet. The former sitcom star said, “Fake news. I don’t fly in Cessna’s.”
FALSE: Columbus, Ohio School Teacher Loses Eye When Fidget Spinner Breaks In Classroom
Fact: Focus Times spread a fake narrative last month, which suggests that a high school English teacher from Columbus, Ohio, lost an eye in the line of duty via fidget spinner. This made-up concoction says that this teacher was in the process of confiscating the fidget spinners of several students when one spinner broke off and hit that teacher in the eye. The baloney story falsely cited district officials as sources. However, Columbus City Schools spokesman Scott Varner confirmed that “this type of incident did not happen” in their district.
FALSE: Taco Bell announcing bankruptcy, all stores closing by 2018
Fact: This Taco Bell hoax first took off in 2015. But recently, this fake news story has been making the rounds on the world-wide-web with new dates. This bull plop alleges that health codes violations drove off customers, which lead to the supposed bankruptcy of this fast-food taco franchise. This is all completely false.
More Facts: Taco Bell spokeswoman Laura Nedbal has confirmed, with the Associated Press, that the company has not filed bankruptcy. On the contrary, the franchise is expanding. Last week, Taco Bell actually announced yuge global expansion projects, which will add more than 2,000 locations all around in the world in the next five years. That’s a lot of beef!