Fake News: No Legislation Introduced to Strip Government Benefits from Protesters

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  • by: Maarten Schenk

Fake news website the Salt Lake City Guardian published an article titled: "LEGISLATION INTRODUCED TO STRIP GOVERNMENT BENEFITS FROM PROTESTERS".

UPDATE: The story is part of a fake news campaign to promote the movie "A Cure for Wellness".

The article opens:

In response to nationwide unrest both on the street and in town hall meetings, freshman Senator Bradley Kennedy (R-UT) has introduced legislation that would strip anyone apprehended while protesting the government of their rights to welfare, public housing, food stamps and disability.

In a press release put out by the Senators office, Kennedy states:

"It has become clear that there is an entire class of US citizens who prefer to protest against the government instead of contributing to society in a positive manner. These citizens, the "Protest Class", do not deserve many of the freedoms and benefits afforded to those of us who love our country, work hard and pay the bills. This bill simply states that if you are apprehended during a public protest of the government then you no longer have these rights."

None of it is true, the story is made up and definitely a hoax. Here's how you can tell:

Despite all these obvious warning signs no other fact checking or hoax slaying websites have debunked the story yet and people keep on sharing this 'news' as real as the Trendolizer graph at the end of this article shows. If you see anyone spreading this fake rumor, send them here and help stop it from spreading.

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