Obama Parody Tricks Fox News Host

    October 6, 2013
    Ellisha Rader Mannering
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There has been a lot of tension in Washington DC lately. A Navy yard shooting, a government shutdown, a woman trying to ram the gates to the Capitol and a man setting himself on fire are all tragedies that have occurred in Washington DC over the last few weeks. With so many negative things taking place, it’s nice to see something funny come out of Washington.

After news about a group of WWII veteran who had to cross government tape to access the WWII memorial hit headlines, a parody site saw a chance for some fun. They created a fake news story and hoped that someone would believe it. The fake story states that although so many national parks and monuments are closed during the shutdown, Obama would be paying money out of his own pocket to keep the International Museum of Muslim Cultures open.

Their prank went further than they expected when Fox News host Anna Kooiman read the story on Fox News, thinking it was real. The fake story can be found on the National Report website.

“The Republican National Committee is offering to pay for it to keep it open so that the veterans from Honor Flight are going to be able to go and see this because who did it honor? It honored them,” Kooiman said during a report on Friday. “It really doesn’t seem fair, especially, and we’re going to talk a little bit later in the show too about some things that are continuing to be funded. And President Obama has offered to pay out of his own pocket for the museum of Muslim culture out of his own pocket, yet it’s the Republican National Committee who’s paying for this.”

The National Report creates fake news stories often but most people know they are fake as soon as they read the headlines. There were once disclaimers on the website as well, but they have since been removed. With all the excitement and strange news coming out of Washington, it’s easy to see how Kooiman could think the report was real. News reporters often race to be the first to air a story and they don’t always get the chance to confirm it first.

Image from Wikimedia Commons.

  • Ed

    When you have a clown in the white house, it’s hard to determine truth from fiction, when a story is about that person.

    • Jon

      Hard to determine? Are you referring to the 10 seconds of reading you would have to do to determine the legitimacy of the other headlines on the National Report? Notice how you don’t see or care for fault in the infraction and continue to berate the target of the false story. How are we -as a nation- supposed to accomplish anything with this mindset?

  • Sue

    First, the wing nuts of the Republican Party have forced the shutdown of the Government. Any, they are proud of doing so. And, second, the reporters fell for this ridiculous story because they wanted to believe it because of their biases and lack of respect for the President of the United States.

    • Reality

      Americans divide themselves so often by identifying themselves as a republican, democrat, or tea party member. Liberal, moderate, or conservative. It is divide and conquer designed to weaken the public strength. Politics is all about controlling the masses. Divided, the masses are nothing and they know this.

      All Politicians are the same. They go to the same schools, share the same benefits, invest in the same companies, join the same clubs, date/marry from the same circles, and are members of the 1% richest people in the country.

      Don’t people get it yet? The politicians do not care because nothing they do effects them. They send your kids to war and not theirs. They have great healthcare and you don’t. They have guaranteed pensions and you have nothing. They are not being spied on but you are. They are not losing their jobs but you are. Do I need to continue?

    • Well

      Since 9/11, we have had a republican president and a democrat president. Bush really did absolutely nothing and Obama really has done absolutely nothing.

      Wake up and realize that all politicians are the same. It is all about the rich versus the poor. Those in power versus the people. Our middle class is being decimated and our poor are increasing greatly. Yet, every law passed benefits either the government or the rich.