Fake News: Trump NOT Fired After Critics Dig Up Current Tweets

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  • by: Alan Duke
Fake News: Trump NOT Fired After Critics Dig Up Current Tweets

Offensive social media posts can cost you your job. Just ask Roseanne Barr. But a story that has reached viral velocity on Facebook and other platforms -- as measured by our Trendolizer system -- saying President Donald Trump has been "fired" for "crass, offensive tweets" is not true. It is a work of satire. While there are reports that special prosecutor Robert Mueller's investigators are combing through Trump's Twitter history for evidence to support an obstruction of justice case, it would be up to Congress to "fire" the president through the impeachment process.

Lead Stories loves satirical content, but we want to make sure you don't confuse satire for news or even for "fake news."

The story originated from an article published on July 30, 2018 titled "Trump Fired After Critics Dig Up Current Tweets" (archived here) which opened:

WASHINGTON, D.C.--Trump's employers, the people of the United States of America, have asked him to resign after critics dug up crass, offensive tweets he posted just hours ago. Several Twitter users searched Trump's recent Twitter history and found deluded all-caps missives fired off to hostile foreign powers, repulsive insults slung against anyone who disagreed with ...

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Trump Fired After Critics Dig Up Current Tweets

WASHINGTON, D.C.--Trump's employers, the people of the United States of America, have asked him to resign after critics dug up crass, offensive tweets he posted just hours ago. Several Twitter users searched Trump's recent Twitter history and found deluded all-caps missives fired off to hostile foreign powers, repulsive insults slung against anyone who disagreed with ...

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With a track record like that it is clear that you shouldn't take anything posted on the site seriously and you definitely shouldn't confuse it with real news.

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  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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