Kansas ‘To Black Out Cosmos Show Over Controversies’ is Fake

April 9, 2014 Updated: July 18, 2015

“Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey,” the Fox TV show with Neil deGrasse Tyson, will not be blocked by Kansas.

An article, published on a “satire” news website, has generated thousands of “likes” and shares on Facebook this week, leading many to believe the Fox show will be blacked out in the state.

The National Report, the publisher of the article, says in it’s disclaimer that it doesn’t publish real news stories. “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 disclaimer reads.

The satire says that “several State senators in Kansas will propose a bill on Thursday that would force Fox affiliates in their state to black out the science show completely.”

It adds, “Lawmakers in Kansas are, however, offering Fox a back door through which they could skirt the new law: they won’t press this law into effect if Fox will agree to immediately develop a new show, hosted by young-Earth creationist Ken Ham, which pushes the theories of so-called ‘intelligent design.’”

On Facebook and Twitter, a number of users apparently believed the satire.

“Could Kansas find anymore ways to embarrass itself? How about you grab that magic item called a remote control, and turn the channel geniuses. The days of silencing opposing views to your religion are over,” one person wrote in the National Report’s comments section.

The National Report has tricked people in the past with its fake articles, including a recent one saying that a “hologram Kurt Cobain” will go on tour with the original members of Nirvana in the near future.