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Headline or Hoax? How I Can Tell a ‘News Story’ Isn’t True

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Headline or Hoax? How I Can Tell a ‘News Story’ Isn’t True

Somebody told me this morning that there was a report out there that Vladimir Putin had “issued an international arrest warrant” for George Soros, the evil zillionaire who’s currently funding anti-Trump riots .

As much as I wanted that story to be true – hey, if Vlad says he’s gonna get you, he’s gonna get you – I’m now pretty sure it isn’t.

Here are the signs which tell me it’s a hoax.

One) None of the major news websites – Drudge, for instance–picked it up all day.

Two) Although the story was reported on a lot of sites I never heard of, closer examination showed the same story, word for word, on many different sites. That means they’re all feeding from the same dish.

Three) Then I read the story, and encounter a paragraph like this:

“The thing that should give pause to the Heads of State Western–” what? even a journalism school graduate wouldn’t write like that–“is like Putin did in freeing Russia from those who wanted to bring the total economic and social collapse and beat up in jail all those who have tried.”

Can you make sense of that jumble of words? I can’t! The whole thing is riddled with such gobbledygook.

My advice: Whenever you encounter a supposed news story that has all three of these warning labels… don’t believe it.



 

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