Most News Websites In Kosovo Actually Run By Native Americans


  • by: Maarten Schenk
Most News Websites In Kosovo Actually Run By Native Americans

Pristina, Kosovo - After a wide-ranging investigation one of our undercover reporters found out that most mainstream news websites in Kosovo are in fact being run out of the basement of Chief Horner's Indian Restaurant and Casino in St. Paul, right in the middle of one of America's oldest Native American reservations.

By using a combination of geolocation tools, domain name records and comparing advertising tags the real location of the websites was revealed and our reporter was able to visit the headquarters of the operation by pretending to be a real journalist.

"Yeah, I've heard those stories", said Chief Horner when we asked him about rumors many Native American themed sites are actually run out of Kosovo. "They are true, but only half. We used to run these sites by ourselves but got really bored by them. I mean, who wants to write yet another article about how to build a dreamcatcher or what it means if you often dream about a particular animal? So we went looking for ways to outsource that work and that is how we came to partner up with our friends in Kosovo."

When our reporter asked to elaborate on the partnership Horner said: "You know, life in Kosovo is pretty boring. Nothing much ever happens there. So we offered to spruce things up a little by running their news sites for them. Surprisingly many Native American languages are quite close to the Albanian spoken in Kosovo. Just throw in a couple of ë's here and there and remove some vowels and many of our traditional songs and myths can go straight into the newspaper as reports about sports and politics in Kosovo."

We later confirmed all of this was true by visiting Alex Ios, the director of the International Federation of Cheap Natives (IFCN), an organisation headquartered in Pristina that defends the interests of alternatively tribal writers. Here's what he told us:

"We live in a post-ethnic era anyway, you know, who cares where you were really born, right? As long as your articles sound like they could be true that's good enough. Or are you one of those annoying fact checkers? In that case: who let you into my office? Security!"

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  Maarten Schenk

Maarten Schenk is the co-founder and COO/CTO of Lead Stories and an 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.

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