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Sat Dec 16, 2017, 07:13 AM

How one man's fake news websites are trying to undermine the Alabama Senate election



Christopher Blair is a self-professed troll who tries to deceive conservatives with stories on multiple websites he claims are satire, and has smeared people in his content. In the lead up to the Alabama special election between Republican Roy Moore and Democrat Doug Jones, Blair’s websites published multiple stories attempting to discredit numerous allegations of sexual misconduct against Moore by making up other women who, according to the stories, were caught in their lies against the Republican candidate. One story, claiming that one of Moore’s accusers admitted on MSNBC that she lied, was shared so much on social media (in part thanks to fake news websites that ran with it) that Alabama conservative radio host Dale Jackson complained that “people keep sending” this fake news to him and a fact-checker from FactCheck.org told NPR that she was forced to debunk it.

Since the day of the Alabama election, Blair and his websites have run nearly a dozen stories suggesting there was rampant voter fraud. These stories contain false allegations such as that polling officials caught a "van full of illegals" who were voting in multiple polling locations, that thousands of dead people voted for Jones, that a “busload of blacks from 3 states drove to Alabama” to vote for Jones, and that black people were caught voting multiple times with "fake IDs," among others. As The Washington Post’s Dave Weigel noted, some of these stories went viral. Other fake news websites shared the story about a “van full of illegals," and it received nearly 40,000 Facebook engagements combined, according to social media analytics website BuzzSumo. The “fake IDs” story, which the Montgomery Advertiser also noted was fake, was also shared and engaged with by thousands on social media. The stories were further amplified thanks to fake news website


[link:https://www.mediamatters.org/blog/2017/12/15/How-one-mans-fake-news-websites-are-trying-to-undermine-the-Alabama-Senate-election/218875|

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Sat Dec 16, 2017, 07:43 AM

1. Sounds like a "Blair Witch Project"...

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Sat Dec 16, 2017, 07:43 AM

2. Are these the same illegals

That were bussed in to California to vote for Clinton? That were allowed into the country by the millions so they can vote for Obama?

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Sat Dec 16, 2017, 07:44 AM

3. I love how these con artists claim their writing is satire when its really click-bait.

There’s an entire industry of fake news that runs on ad revenue. They purposely push outragely fake stories, knowing that they’ll get more viewers and shares, and as a result, more revenue. They’re immoral scumbags!

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Sat Dec 16, 2017, 07:55 AM

4. Imagine even one "illegal" walking up to the nice folk at the tables

who check IDs and pass out ballots. He'd have to have ID for a specific citizen and know that person wasn't going to vote, and then he might be flagged, that "illegal" skin color and all.

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