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No, the Pope Has NOT Endorsed Hillary Clinton For President

by Brett M. Christensen

Outline:
Circulating “news” story claims that Pope Francis has released a statement in which he publicly endorses Hillary Clinton for President of the United States.


Brief Analysis:
The claims in the story are untrue. The Pope has not released any such statement and he has not publicly endorsed Hillary Clinton for President. There are no credible news reports that support the claims in the story. It comes from a network of fake-news websites that publish an ongoing stream of clickbait nonsense tricked up as news. And, the same network of sites has also published an alternative version of the same fake story that claims – again falsely – that the Pope has publicly endorsed Donald Trump for President.

Example:
Pope Francis Shocks World, Endorses Hillary Clinton for President, Releases Statement VATICAN CITY – News outlets around the world are reporting on the news that Pope Francis has made the unprecedented decision to endorse a US presidential candidate. His statement in support of Hillary Clinton was released from the Vatican this evening:

Pope Endorses Hillary Clinton for President Fake News

 

Detailed Analysis:
According to a “news” report that is currently circulating via social media, Pope Francis has “shocked the world”  by announcing that he is endorsing Hillary Clinton for President of the United States. The report features photographs of Clinton and the Pope. It includes what it claims is a statement from the Pope that outlines why he has decided to endorse Hillary Clinton over rival presidential candidate Donald Trump.
However, the story is not real news, and the claims it makes are nonsense. The Pope has not released a statement offering support for Clinton nor has he publicly endorsed her in any other way. There are no credible news reports that support the claims in the story. In fact, the false report comes from a fake-news website called KYPO 6 News. The site includes the following disclaimer on its “About Us” page:

kypo6.com is a fantasy news website.  Most articles on kypo6.com are satire or pure fantasy.

And KYPO 6 News is just one in a growing network of almost identical clickbait fake-news websites. These sites tend to recycle versions of the same false stories over and over again. And, another site in the network, called WTOE 5 News, currently features an alternative version of the above story that claims – falsely of course – that the Pope has endorsed Donald Trump rather than Hillary Clinton. The two stories are almost identical except that the names of the candidates have been switched and a few other details have been changed accordingly.

The same fake-news network is responsible for  a stream of other nonsensical stories that have untruthfully claimed that  various celebrities have announced unexpected moves to unlikely locations or that long awaited movie sequels are set to start filming.

These bogus stories are designed to trick people into visiting the fake-news websites and sharing their material, which ultimately provides revenue for the owners of the sites.

There are always at least some fake-news articles circulating at any one time. So,  it is wise to verify any strange or unusual “news” reports that comes your way before you share them with others.


Importance Notice

After considerable thought and with an ache in my heart, I have decided that the time has come to close down the Hoax-Slayer website.

These days, the site does not generate enough revenue to cover expenses, and I do not have the financial resources to sustain it going forward.

Moreover, I now work long hours in a full-time and physically taxing job, so maintaining and managing the website and publishing new material has become difficult for me.

And finally, after 18 years of writing about scams and hoaxes, I feel that it is time for me to take my fingers off the keyboard and focus on other projects and pastimes.

When I first started Hoax-Slayer, I never dreamed that I would still be working on the project all these years later or that it would become such an important part of my life. It's been a fantastic and engaging experience and one that I will always treasure.

I hope that my work over the years has helped to make the Internet a little safer and thwarted the activities of at least a few scammers and malicious pranksters.

A Big Thank You

I would also like to thank all of those wonderful people who have supported the project by sharing information from the site, contributing examples of scams and hoaxes, offering suggestions, donating funds, or helping behind the scenes.

I would especially like to thank David White for his tireless contribution to the Hoax-Slayer Facebook Page over many years. David's support has been invaluable, and I can not thank him enough.

Closing Date

Hoax-Slayer will still be around for a few weeks while I wind things down. The site will go offline on May 31, 2021. While I will not be publishing any new posts, you can still access existing material on the site until the date of closure.

Thank you, one and all!

Brett Christensen,
Hoax-Slayer