Fake News: President Trump NOT To Receive Golden Star of David In Jerusalem

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  • by: Maarten Schenk
Fake News: President Trump NOT To Receive Golden Star of David In Jerusalem

Is Donald Trump set to receive Judaism's greates honor, the "Golden Star of David" in Jerusalem? No, that's not true: there is no such an award and the "news" about it was made up by a satirical liberal website that puts out false stories in the hope that conservatives and Trump supporters will share them as real news. When that happens fans of the site then mock them for it in the comments. The entire story is false and filled with obvious hints that it is nonsense.

The story originated from an article published by America's Last Line of Defense on September 7, 2018 titled "President Trump To Receive Golden Star of David In Jerusalem!" (archived here) which opened:

We all remember when we had a certain President a few years ago who seemed unconcerned about our close friends in the blessed state of Israel, alternatively dismissing them, increasing our foreign aid budget to them, and several times, sloppily chomping on bacon in front of poor Netanyahu and his wife. It was an embarrassment to us all to have a secret hummus-loving prayer-mattist shame us in front of the Chosen People of Jesus.

Now, however, America's Most Circumsized President, Donald Trump, is receiving the biggest Mitzvah that a goy can be presented with : The Golden Star of David.

Users on social media only saw this title, description and thumbnail:

President Trump To Receive Golden Star of David In Jerusalem!

The highest honor of Judaism. Shlamazel Tov, Mr. President.

But the picture used to illustrate the story doesn't even show a Star of David (which has six points) but a Pentagram (which has five):



The ceremony is supposed to take place at the "Chai'ma Tush'yfan Temple in Jerusalem". There is no such place according to Google Maps but the name certainly sounds like a pun (try saying it out loud).

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

sat·ire ~ˈsaˌtī(ə)r
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, including potatriotpost.us, dailyworldupdate.us and nofakenewsonline.us. Sometimes he is also known under his nickname "Busta Troll". A second man working on the sites is John Prager as revealed in this earlier story we wrote.

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.

NewsGuard, a company that uses trained journalist to rank the reliability of websites, describes trumpbetrayed.us as:

A website claiming to be satirical that publishes fabricated stories, run by Christopher Blair, a known purveyor of disinformation, that published fake stories about Senator John McCain after he passed away.

According to NewsGuard the site does not maintain basic standards of accuracy and accountability. Read their full assessment here.

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

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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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