President Trump and his supporters have proven themselves to be “low information.” This was confirmed after a prankster duped over 1 million of them into believing completely fictional news stories in just over one week. The “fake news” scandal has shown us that Conservatives are prone to believe things which aren’t based in reality proving further that Trump loyalists will believe just about anything.
Via LiberalSpeak: A 28-year-old Democrat voter is coming forward with the true story of how he created a joke news site and was easily able to convince thousands of Republicans to click on obviously fake news headlines. The project helps demonstrate that Trump’s supporters are major low-information voters.
Adding insult to injury, the website has a big disclaimer that the information is fake. Despite this, Trumpers chose to share the story, taking the completely made up news at face value.
Via Politifact:James McDaniel, a 28-year-old Clearwater native, said he created a fake news website last month as a joke to see just how naive Internet readers could be.
The headlines came quick and easy. “Bombshell: WikiLeaks leaks ‘lost’ Clinton email.” “Obama tweet: Trump must be removed, by any means necessary.” “Man pardoned by Obama 3 months ago arrested for murder.” “Whoopi Goldberg: Navy SEAL Widow was ‘Looking for Attention’.”
In a week and a half, McDaniel said, UndergroundNewsReport.com totaled more than 1 million page views.
… His first story was a fabricated tale about how Obama allegedly ran a pedophile ring out of the White House, and then McDaniel decided to create more. He started posting the links he created to Donald Trump fan groups on Facebook to see if they would take the bait.
UndergroundNewsReport.com was launched Feb. 21. In less than two weeks, more than 1 million people had viewed stories on the site and spread them across social media platforms.
… McDaniel even tried to warn viewers by putting a disclaimer on the bottom of his web pages saying his posts “are fiction, and presumably fake news.” While a handful of people took the time to email him to ask if stories were real or send hate mail, most of the comments on his links blindly accepted what he wrote as the truth.
McDaniel took joy in pushing the limits on just how ridiculous he could push his “fake” news, telling Politifact:
“I was surprised by how gullible the people in the Trump groups were, but as I continued to write ridiculous things they just kept getting shared and I kept drawing more viewers […] I saw how many fake ridiculous stories were making rounds in these groups and just wanted to see how ridiculous they could get.”