At least four crappy news outlets who don’t bother to fact check (or don’t care) posted this fake story about a clown dying after stepping on a land mine in Cambodia.
A WhoIs search will show the “Times of Cambodia” site was set up on October 16th, with echoes of the Harambe McHarambeface fake, and that of inter-generational incest in Florida. They were both fantastical stories published by brand new websites that sound like a real news organisation. They were quickly revealed to be fakes, published for the clicks.
If this story is revealed to be true then name your price and I’ll pay it. Hand on heart. But for some news organisations looking to ride that wave of traffic, it was just too good to check.
Don’t fall for fake news. You look like a… well, you know what. Sadly, those who read the Mirror and these other tabloids will assume that since it’s printed, it’s true.
Remember, the Mirror and other popular tabloids are on the Beyond Doubtful list of No Go To Sources for news. Just don’t click on them, that encourages them.
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