Fake News: NO White House Officials Sacked for Buying Trump the Wrong Bagels

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  • by: Maarten Schenk

Satirical fake news website Real News Right Now published an article titled "Leaked Memo: Three White House Officials Sacked for Buying Trump the Wrong Bagels" claiming Donald Trump fired three staffers for failing to bring him the right kind of bagels, at least according to a report allegedly obtained by The New York Times. The article opens:

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Three senior administration officials have lost their jobs in recent weeks over a "total and complete failure" to consistently provide President Donald J. Trump with his preferred type of morning bagels, according to an internal White House memo obtained by The New York Times.

The memo, which sheds light on the extent of Mr. Trump's "borderline obsession" with bagels, is one of seven documents leaked by anonymous administration officials this week. "One dozen plain bagels are to be hand-delivered to the Oval Office no later than 7:45 a.m. Monday through Friday," states a January 28 memorandum by White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus. "It is imperative that you check, check, and recheck to ensure you have the correct bagels as POTUS does not tolerate mistakes," Priebus wrote.

The article is obviously fake since a search on the website of the New York Times for the words "Trump Bagels" returns no relevant results.

Another clue the story is not real is on the 'About' page of the site it was published on:

R. Hobbus J.D. is an internationally acclaimed independent investigative journalist specializing in international politics, health, business, science, conflict resolution, history, geography, mathematics, social issues, feminism, space travel, civil rights, human rights, animal rights, fashion, film, astronomy, classic literature, religion, biology, paranormal activity, the occult, physics, psychology, and creative writing. He has appeared in countless publications including Time Magazine, Newsweek, Playboy, The Economist, The New York Times, Mad Magazine, Hustler, Guns & Ammo, People, Maxim Magazine, Highlights, The 9/11 Commission Report, The New Yorker, Bon Appetite, Rolling Stone, Car & Driver, Soldier of Fortune, Elle, Nintendo Power, National Geographic, and many more. He has received numerous awards for his work including the prestigious Stephen Glass Distinction in Journalistic Integrity (2011), The Oscar Mayer Award for Journalistic Excellence (2003), three Nobel Peace Prize nominations, one Pulitzer in Investigative Reporting (1998), and two Pulitzer Prizes in Commentary (1996, 2008). He resides comfortably in his modest home overlooking the coast of Nantucket surrounded by his wife and twelve cats.

If you believe in "news" written by such an excellent source we can't blame you. And you aren't the only one judging by the Trendolizer graph at the end of this article. If you spot other "believers", feel free to send them here to discover the truth...

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  Maarten Schenk

Lead Stories co-founder Maarten Schenk is our resident expert on fake news and hoax websites. He likes to go beyond just debunking trending fake news stories and is endlessly fascinated by the dazzling variety of psychological and technical tricks used by the people and networks who intentionally spread made-up things on the internet.  He can often be found at conferences and events about fake news, disinformation and fact checking when he is not in his office in Belgium monitoring and tracking the latest fake article to go viral.

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