Eric Holder, the US Attorney General, did not organize riots for gangs in Ferguson, Missouri.
However, an article published on satire website National Report has tricked many on Sunday. The National Report posts fake news that often attempts to rile up conservatives and Republicans.
The bogus article reads: “Eric Holder’s career has survived a long list of scandals; The 2008 Black Panther debacle, overturning Arizona’s immigration laws and ‘Fast and Furious’ immediately spring to mind. These, however, pale in comparison to the recent allegations against Holder, the likes of which could easily land the Attorney General behind bars.”
Holder traveled to Ferguson, Mo., last week amid riots and protests over the fatal shooting of Michael Brown, an 18-year-old unarmed teenager.
On Twitter and Facebook, it appears that many people are believing the bunk Holder-gang leader story.
The National Report used to have a disclaimer that said it was satire.
The disclaimer used to say, “DISCLAIMER: National Report is a news and political satire web publication, which may or may not use real names, often in semi-real or mostly fictitious ways. All news articles contained within National Report are fiction, and presumably fake news. Any resemblance to the truth is purely coincidental . The views expressed by writers on this site are theirs alone and are not reflective of the fine journalistic and editorial integrity of National Report.”
But a recent and real editorial from the National Report outlined what the website is trying to do after it got a negative reaction about a fake story of a NYPD officer shooting a baby. “Satire is not required to be humorous, nor was this particular post meant to be funny,” it says.
It adds: “The people of the modern world need to understand and develop the ability to corroborate information and not just accept information as true without further inputs. Absolutely baseless information is spread by ACTUAL news sources on a daily basis and have resulted in a serious divide without our country.”