Shocker: Infowars Made Stuff Up

“The information did not meet our expectations, so we made it up, preying on the vulnerable and feeding the prejudices and fears of Jones’s audience. We ignored certain facts, fabricated others and took situations out of context to fit our narrative.”

— Josh Owens, a former staff member at Alex Jones’s far-right conspiracy site Infowars, admits in the New York Times to making up stories for the site about the threat of Shariah law within the United States.

Nearly Half Question Veracity of Information They Receive


A new AP-NORC poll finds 47% of those surveyed said they believe it’s difficult to determine if the information they encounter is correct, while 31% said it is easy to do so. Key finding: “Democrats are more likely to say they rely on scientists and academics, while Republicans are more likely to trust what they hear from President Trump.”

Trump Supporters Circulate Fake Tweet about Rep. Maxine Waters

From Media Matters: “A fake quote from Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA) calling for an “illegal immigrant” to be selected for the Supreme Court is spreading on Twitter and Facebook. Multiple radio stations have also pushed the quote on air.

“On June 28, a Twitter account that labeled itself as a ‘parody’ of CNN, with the account name @CNNPoltics, tweeted, ‘Rep @MaxinePWaters: “The next Supreme Court Justice should be an illegal immigrant.”’ The tweet also included a fake CNN chyron saying, ‘Waters: SCOTUS Pick Should Be Illegal Immigrant.’ Twitter has suspended the account.”


77 Percent Say Traditional Media Disseminates Fake News


A new Monmouth University Poll finds large majorities of the American public believe that traditional media outlets engage in reporting fake news and that outside sources are actively trying to plant fake stories in the mainstream media. More than 3-in-4 Americans believe that traditional major TV and newspaper media outlets report “fake news,” including 31% who believe this happens regularly and 46% who say it happens occasionally. The 77% who believe fake news reporting happens at least occasionally has increased significantly from 63% of the public who felt that way last year.