Circulating “news” story claims that Pope Francis has released a statement in which he publicly endorses Hillary Clinton for President of the United States.
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.
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:
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.
Last updated: October 14, 2016
First published: October 14, 2016
By Brett M. Christensen
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