An article saying that political pundit Ann Coulter refused to get on an airplane because “he pilot was a woman of African-American descent” is satire.
The fake report was published on the Daily Currant website last year, but it’s been heavily shared on Facebook and Twitter in recent days.
“According to witness reports Coulter was concerned the experienced, decorated pilot in question may have gained her position as a result of affirmative action and wasn’t fully qualified to fly,” the article says.
It has more than 225,000 shares on Facebook.
The Daily Currant has a disclaimer that states the website only publishes fake news.
“The Daily Currant is an English language online satirical newspaper that covers global politics, business, technology, entertainment, science, health and media. It is accessible from over 190 countries worldwide – now including South Sudan,” it says. “Our mission is to ridicule the timid ignorance which obstructs our progress, and promote intelligence – which presses forward.”
It continues: “Our stories are purely fictional. However they are meant to address real-world issues through satire and often refer and link to real events happening in the world.”
A number of Facebook and Twitter users thought the article was real as of Monday afternoon.