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DOJ & FBI Raid News Media Offices? No, It's Satire

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As posted on Facebook, June 8, 2013:
DOJ & FBI Raid News Media Offices

Netlore Archive: Viral 'news story' claims agents of the FBI and DOJ raided the offices of the National Report after a scathing story was published about President Obama.

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Description: Viral story / Fake news / Satire
Circulating since: June 7, 2013
Status: False (see details below)

Excerpt:

DOJ & FBI Raid News Media Offices After Releasing an Alarming Story on President Obama!

By National Report Staff

Within hours of publishing a scathing story on President Obama the DOJ raided the offices of the National Report claiming the raid was lawful under the USA Patriot Act but refusing to say why the government was taking the action.

At about 12:50 this afternoon the National Report released a damning story on the Obama birth certificate scandal providing new evidence which clearly shows the document to be fraudulent. According to Sheriff Joe Arpaio, his Cold Case Posse has the evidence to prove the presidents birth certificate was computer generated using Adobe Illustrator.

Cold Case Posse lead investigator Mike Zullo, revealed for the first time that his findings have been confirmed in a 40 page report by Reed Hayes, a Certified Documents Examiner (CDE) from Hawaii. The birth certificate posted to the White House website clearly shows it was forged using cut & paste methods in several layers.

At about 2:08 pm employees at the National Report were shocked when dozens of black clad machine gun toting DOJ agents wearing black masks entered the National Report office forcing everyone to the ground while demanding they put their hands on top their heads. After securing all employees FBI agents entered and began questioning employees and seizing files and other documents.

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Analysis: Are we losing our grip on reality? Apparently. Hardly a day goes by without folks mistaking Internet satire for fact, especially when the subject matter is politics. Case in point, here are some actual comments from people who shared the above article on Facebook:

  • "This act is clearly a case of abuse of power. And it is also a violation of the First Amendment rights. The FBI and the DOJ had no right to go in and raid this news office with out a warrant. I'll bet that when and if more info comes out that it will be because either Holder or Obama told them to do it. Or that both of them told them to do it. But we're just going to have to wait and see what info come out of this and who really did give the order to do this."
  • "THE MEDIA IS BEING SHUT DOWN BY PRESIDENT OBAMA WHO IS NOT A CITIZEN OF THE UNITED STATES AND EVERYONE KNOWS IT. PLEASE SHARE THIS ENFO. RIGHT AWAY."
  • "Been telling everyone we are headed for a police state. Well, seems we have arrived. It will get worse from here. The problem is by the time the liberals figure out how wrong they are they will have helped usher in full blown totalitarianism. Make no mistake this country is in terrible trouble."
  • "They are trying to stop this information from being made public. TOO LATE! We already know! I just hope they are smart enough to have copies in other places."
  • "Solid proof of Obama's birth certificate being a forgery. Now Obama's goons are out to cover up the truth. No surprise there. The press need to go on the defensive."
  • "Barry is a tyrant and he will prove it to you if step out of line...free speech? Not in the United Socialist States of America..."

(And more of that ilk.)

The National Report says: 'All news articles contained within National Report are fiction'

So, here's what folks are overlooking while they're so busy confirming their own biases. The National Report (warning, the site contains material some will find offensive) is a fake news website dotted with satirical headlines like "Reports of Infant Formula Tainted with Cat Semen on the Rise," "Police Release Sketch of Serial Masturbator Who Cops Say Has Wretched Taste in Women," and "Boy Scouts Announce Boobs Merit Badge."

It is plainly not a source of real news.

For those who aren't convinced (God help you!), the site's disclaimer page (note, any spelling errors are in the original) reads as follows:

*DISCLAIMER: National Report is a news and political satire web publication, which may or may not use real names, often in semi-real or mostly fictitious ways. All news articles contained within National Report are fiction, and presumably fake news. Any resemblance to the truth is purely coinidental. The views expressed by writers on this site are theirs alone and are not reflective of the fine journalistic and editorial integrity of National Report. Advice given is NOT to be construed as professional. If you are in need of professional help (and you may be if you are on this page), please consult a professional. National Report is intended for a mature audience and not for children under the age of 18.

Update: It appears NationalReport.com has deleted its full disclaimer page. You can view an archived copy of it here.

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DOJ & FBI Raid News Media Offices After Releasing an Alarming Story on President Obama!
National Report, June 7, 2013


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