Fake News: Stormy Daniels NOT Pregnant With Bill Clinton's Baby

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  • by: Maarten Schenk
Fake News: Stormy Daniels NOT Pregnant With Bill Clinton's Baby

Is Stormy Daniels pregnant and is the father none other than former President Bill Clinton? Of course not, that story is fake and was made up by a website that loves to troll conservatives and Republicans with a less than average grasp on reality.

The story was published on the Potatriot Post on March 29, 2018 under the headline "Stormy Daniels Pregnant With Bill Clinton's Baby" (archived here) which opened:

Sources close to Stormy Daniels have confirmed that the porn star accusing President Trump of having an affair 12 years ago is pregnant with Bill Clinton's baby. The news came as a shock to some but to others...it was inevitable. Daniels' spokesman, Art Tubolls, says Stormy won't ask Clinton for any support.

The name "Art Tubbols" is an anagram for "Busta Troll", the online nickname of a man running several satirical fake news websites. The pregnancy hoax followed an earlier fake story about the Daniels/Clinton affair from the same network of sites:

Fake News: Stormy Daniels Did NOT Have An Affair With Bill Clinton | Lead Stories

Did Stormy Daniels have an affair with former President Bill Clinton and does the Washington Sun-Tribune have proof of this? That can't be true because there is no newspaper by that name and the entire thing was made up by a satircal site set up to troll Republicans and conservatives.

We wrote about potatriotpost.com before, here are our most recent articles that mention the site:

The site Potatriot Post comes with a clear satire disclaimer at the bottom of each article:

sat·ire ~ˈsaˌtī(ə)r
noun
the use of humor, irony, exaggeration, OR ridicule to expose and criticize people's stupidity or vices, particularly in the context of contemporary politics and other topical issues.
If you disagree with the definition of satire or have decided it is synonymous with "comedy," you should really just move along.

The owner and main writer of the site is self-professed liberal troll Christopher Blair, a man from Maine who has made it his full time job to troll gullible conservatives and Trump supporters into liking and sharing his articles. He runs several other websites such as ladiesofliberty.net, shareotonin.com and dailyworldupdate.com. Sometimes he is also known under his nickname "Busta Troll". He has at least one accomplice who writes under the pen names "Freedom", "Captain Jellypants", "Butch Mannington" or "Captain Buck Atlantis".

Articles from Blair's sites frequently get copied by "real" fake news sites who often omit the satire disclaimer and any other hints the stories are fake. Blair has tried to get these sites shut down in the past but new ones keep cropping up and he keeps knocking them down.

If you see one of his stories on a site that does not contain a satire disclaimer, assume it is fake news. If you do see the satire disclaimer it is of course also fake news.

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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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