Thursday, November 17, 2016

NE Sen. Sasse's tweet on anti-Trump protester payments was retweeted 670 times. It's based on
a fake news story

Fake news writer Paul Horner, one of whose sites impersonates ABC News, says he hates Donald Trump (despite writing content crafted to generate outrage in Trump supporters) and told the Washington Post that "people are definitely dumber... Nobody fact-checks anything anymore."
     Because of that, Horner places some blame on himself for getting Trump into the White House, using the example of a story about paid anti-Trump protestors that fooled former Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski and, most recently, "Never Trump" Sen. Ben Sasse (R-NE).
     "My sites were picked up by Trump supporters all the time. I think Trump is in the White House because of me," Horner said. "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."
     Sasse's tweet, based on the phony story, is still up, and the lie he helped spread has been retweeted 670 times as of this writing.

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