Two articles from usatodaysnews.com have been making the rounds.
And this one:
usatodaysnews.com attempts to circumvent casual fact-checking by removing the site’s “right-click” functionality. There is no copying the text and pasting into search engines to find other sources with the exact same article.
This also means you can’t right-click on an image to search Google for the image’s origins. These are all Catfish-style tips for finding the validity of an article — and it represents a very deliberate attempt on the part of the site’s creators to make it harder for a visitor to try and determine if a story is real or not.
Looking at the bogus impeachment article, however, you can find other fake-news outlets that have posted this same article, right down to the concluding “burn”:
“We look forward to watching him burn the liberals again!”
Other fake-news sources for the impeachment article include: The Last Line of Defense, Independent Reports, and American Today.
The Last Lie — er, sorry, I mean, Last Line — of Defense is also the origin of the Trump-Colbert article. The disclaimer for the Last Line of Defense states pretty clearly that:
. . . if you believe this crap you’re a real dumbass.
We’ve discussed the scheistiness of The Last Li[n]e of Defense here. But what does Last Line‘s Disclaimer tell us about usatodaysnews.com’s culpability in spreading fake news?
Aside from trying to get instant credibility by playing off of a familiar mass media news outlet, the Disclaimer for USAToday News tries to absolve itself from passing on fake news as real news with this line:
Basically, “we can’t be held responsible for the correctness of the stuff we try to pass off as credible news.”
Because that’s exactly how journalism should work. [/sarcasm]