undergroundnewsreport.com is, by their own admission, “satire.” To their credit, they have a disclaimer on nearly every page:
Underground News Report is a news and political satire web publication, which may or may not use real names, often in semi-real or mostly fictitious ways. All news articles contained within Undergroundnewsreport.com are fiction, and presumably fake news. Any resemblance to the truth is purely coincidental, except for all references to politicians and/or celebrities, in which case they are based on real people, but still based almost entirely in fiction.
And when you search for them on Google, you find:
They even have a post that “explains” their actions, which you can read in its entirety, here. But basically:
While writing them, I was aiming for stories that no one would believe, but rather would be satirical in an age where disinformation is so prevalent.
James McDaniel, the site’s creator, told Politifact“in an E-mail:
“I might have carried on a bit longer because I was having fun, but people took the Whoopi Goldberg story so seriously and it had gotten so big I thought I had better pull the plug.”
Of course, it could be more because of the threat of being sued, just one month out the gate:
Whoopi Goldberg responds with anger to fake-news story
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In all fairness, McDaniel did post a response to WhoopiGate: http://undergroundnewsreport.com/the-truth/response-whoopi-goldberg-suing/