Hoax Alert: Pope Francis DID NOT Endorse Bernie Sanders for President

Fact Check

  • by: Alan Duke

A hoax story reporting that Pope Francis endorsed Bernie Sanders for U.S. president spread virally on social nets Monday, October 26, 2015, according to Lead Stories' Trendolizer.

The report published on a fake news website that mimics USA Today is not true, Lead Stories confirmed. Still, many people seem to believe it and share it. Make sure your friends know better by sharing THIS entry on your Facebook and Twitter accounts.

The report quotes Pope Francis saying: "The synod experience also made us better realize that the true defenders are not those who uphold its letter, but its spirit; not ideas but people; not formulas but free availability of God's love and forgiveness. I see in Senator Bernard Sanders a man of great integrity and moral conviction, who understands these principles and genuinely wants what's best for all people."

But Pope Francis has been very careful not to take sides in American political debates.

The website cleverly disguises it's true nature with the URL USAToday.com.co. The real USA Today is USAToday.com (note the last of the final .co)

Lead Stories' Trendolizer constantly scours social nets for trending hoaxes. Scroll down to see the latest.


  Alan Duke

Editor-in-Chief Alan Duke co-founded Lead Stories after ending a 26-year career with CNN, where he mainly covered entertainment, current affairs and politics. Duke closely covered domestic terrorism cases for CNN, including the Oklahoma City federal building bombing, the UNABOMBER and search for Southeast bomber Eric Robert Rudolph. CNN moved Duke to Los Angeles in 2009 to cover the entertainment beat. Duke also co-hosted a daily podcast with former HLN host Nancy Grace, "Crime Stories with Nancy Grace" and hosted the podcast series "Stan Lee's World: His Real Life Battle with Heroes & Villains." You'll also see Duke in many news documentaries, including on the Reelz channel, CNN and HLN.

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