False Internet rumors spread like wildfire, as they’re often sparked by satire stories that someone, along-the-way, accidentally interprets to be legitimate news items. Case-in-point: An article published by The Liberty Paper entitled, “Obama to College Students: Do Not Celebrate Fourth of July.” The piece is marked as political satire, but the label, it seems, was missed by some. This has led to questions surrounding the commander-in-chief’s patriotism — and rapid misinformation about his views on the Revolutionary War.
The article includes a faux transcript of the president allegedly speaking to Congressional interns. In the text, while praising America as “a great country,” the president goes on to tout big government and to urge his young audience not to celebrate the nation’s independence from Great Britain.
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