Description: Online rumor / Satire
Circulating since: July 2012
Analysis: As posted on Facebook, the above blurb included a link to an article by the same title on a website called the Free Wood Post. The article claims Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney was asked during "a press recorded lunch at a local pancake house in rural Kentucky" why he's so sure he'll beat Barack Obama in the 2012 election, and Romney allegedly responded as follows:
Well between you and me, we have to think about the reality of the situation. Obama is a popular guy and his supporters are hell-bent in getting him reelected. There is one thing that his campaign seems to keep forgetting over and over, and that is how many Americans can’t stand the guy for an obvious reason. Of course I’ll win, I’m the white guy.
The problem is, there was no such campaign event, no such question asked, and, obviously, no such response from Romney. The article is satirical. The quote is fictitious. This is confirmed in the site disclaimer, which states: "All news articles contained within FreeWoodPost.com are fiction, and presumably fake news."
This is not the first time, nor will it be the last, that a satirical quote has been circulated as real.
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Sources and further reading:
Romney: Of Course I'll Win, I'm the White Guy'
Free Wood Post, 22 May 2012
Last updated 07/14/12