Fake News: LA Times Did NOT Report that Iran, China And Russia Declared War On The United States

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  • by: Wayne Drash
Fake News: LA Times Did NOT Report that Iran, China And Russia Declared War On The United States

Did the Los Angeles Times report that Iran, China and Russia just declared war on the United States? No, that's not true: a prank website with a domain name nearly identical to the real LA Times site published a post that looked simliar to an LA Times article on social media. However, when users clicked on the link, the site played a video of Rick Astley singing "Never Gonna Give You Up," a classic joke known as "Rick Rolling."

You can see the supposed article here (archived here) on the "LA Tlmes" under the headline "Iran China And Russia Just Declared War On The United States." There is no visible date for the posting.

Along with the video of Rick Astley singing, users were greeted with the message:


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

Iran China And Russia Just Declared War On The United States

But no, the three countries did not declare war on the United States, whose bases in Baghdad were attacked January 7, 2020, by Iran after the U.S. used a drone to kill Iranian Revolutionary Guards Maj. Gen. Qassemi Soleimani on January 3, 2020. There has been no escalation since. Still, the U.S. does have tense relations with all three nations.

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  Wayne Drash

Wayne Drash, a staff writer and fact-checker for Lead Stories, is a former senior producer and writer for CNN’s Health team, telling narratives about life and the unfolding drama of the world we live on. He specialized in covering complex major issues, such as health insurance, the opioid epidemic and Big Pharma.


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