Yes, you read that right. We’re marking American News as “satire”.
Now, before you’re quick to judge, hear me out!
We had reviewed American News before but they were having . . . website issues. As promised then, we’ve come back to American News and were able to actually read some articles. (You can see the original review from 2014 after we plead our case.)
You would think that American News’ strategic plan for success sits comfortably in their Engagement Through Enragement.
- Ronald Reagan in their logo? — check!
- Headlines that jab at the Obamas while lauding the Trumps? — check!
But . . . I think there’s something more going on?
In this article, American News says:
Now, Barack Obama decided to his last interview to criticize the president-elect for not having a plan. Rather than taking the high road, he sat down with ABC’s George Stephanoupolos [sic] and showed just how classless he really is.
[. . .]
Though Obama started out with some positives about Trump and saying he has enjoyed his conversations, it didn’t took long for the interview to turn ugly.
You would be forgiven if you thought we were being trolled with a claim that Obama’s ABC interview with Stephanopoulos “turned ugly”. After all, American News routinely defend a president-elect whose M.O. seems to consist solely of 3AM tweet-bashings of beloved Golden Globe winning actors.
Even in the parts of the interview that American News quotes, there is nothing Obama said that could even remotely be construed as “ugly” or even “non-supportive.” You can read more about the interview and even listen for yourself here.
Surely we’re being trolled right? Right?
Then there’s this one:
Basically the articles reminds us that “many A-list celebrities have refused to perform at Donald Trump’s inauguration” before revealing who will be at the inauguration:
Talladega Marching Tornadoes
The Mormon Tabernacle Choir
American News goes on to preface, before the ‘best announcements’ big reveal:
“This is not Woodstock. It’s not a summer jam. It’s not a concert,” Boris Epshteyn, Director of Communications for the Inaugural Committee
Though the absence of any outgoing links in the article adds some suspicion, Epshteyn did actually say those exact words.
We cannot in good faith read the “Best Announcement” article without feeling that we’re being trolled, that American News is engaging in Poe’s Law and throwing enough red herrings our way to cast doubt.
Never mind that the article never tells us how Malia crossed the line nor how she was instantly put in her place, the article relies on the readership’s lack of knowledge in Tiffany Trump to be effective. Examples:
But . . . : Tiffany regularly posts to Instagram (she has nearly half-a-million followers!) and hobnobs with the freakin’ daughter of Robert F. Kennedy Jr and the son of Magic Johnson — to name a few!
Claim: Tiffany was kept sheltered from her father’s elite world. She was essentially treated like a regular kid being raised by a single mother.
But . . . : DAUGHTER OF ROBERT F KENNEDY JR!!!!! How is that NOT elite? That’s quintessential elite American royalty!!
Claim: She regular posts pictures of herself pulling all-nighters in the library.
But . . . : Regularly??? She’s posted three of them that we’ve seen. On her Instagram account. Which you can view for yourself.
Claim: Malia has been spotted out partying at festivals [true] and smoking weed [not true] while Tiffany has been wrapping up her studies at the Ivy League University of Pennsylvania.
Claim: While Malia spent her later teenager [sic] years with a Hollywood internship and using her father’s connections, Tiffany was focusing on her studies.
But . . . : Tiffany also interned at Vogue Magazine, no doubt on the strength of her family name and the fact that half-sister Ivanka was a regular model for the magazine. (Tiffany double-majored in sociology and urban studies, not fashion studies or design.) She released a music single and got to be interviewed by Oprah-freakin’-Winfrey!!
To be clear, we are neither judging Tiffany Trump’s character nor her background, neither her intelligence nor her compassion; rather, we are judging the argument that American News seems to be making with this comparison between Malia Obama and Tiffany Trump.
Honestly, we’re still kinda stumped on that point. American News is either an utterly ridiculous example of delusional writing using massively faulty logic and a shocking amount of straight-up ignorance, or a subtly brilliant trolling of . . . well, damn near everyone.
We, ourselves, originally deemed American News as ClickBait, strictly on the basis of their headlines (see the original review below). While ClickBait is indeed part of their strategy, we’re going to go on record by judging American News to be an extreme example of satire cum Poe’s Law:
[. . .] without a clear indicator of the author’s intent, it is impossible to create a parody of extreme views so obviously exaggerated that it cannot be mistaken by some readers or viewers as a sincere expression of the parodied views.
And to me, the missing About Us, Disclaimer, or other indicator page reads very deliberate.
I realize that I am making some serious assumptions about the intelligence of the writers at American News, about the intent of the writers and, quite frankly, about the writing prowess of the writers. I’m even realize that my theory is basically the equivalent of the double-doublecross cliche in spy movies.
All that aside, I’m sticking to my guns on this one, but I’m willing to admit when I’m wrong.
Might there be more to the story of AmericanNews.com? Am I giving them far too much credit?
Original 2014 Review Here:
This is odd . . . go to http://americannews.com/ and click on any article.
And you’ll get something like this:
. . . or this:
Go to their About Us page and you get this:
So until otherwise noted, we’re labeling this as Click-Bait. They have “shocking” headlines and a pic of the subject for the homepage, but that’s it.
Even if they had story copy, they would likely be extremely colored “news” that’s anti-Obama, anti-Left, anti-Liberal, and Diet Racist.