Excerpted from The Intersect, Washington Post, November 17, 2016
But in recent months, Horner has found the fake-news ecosystem growing more crowded, more political and vastly more influential: In March, Donald Trump’s son Eric and his then-campaign manager, Corey Lewandowski, even tweeted links to one of Horner’s faux-articles. His stories have also appeared as news on Google.
You mentioned Trump, and you’ve probably heard the argument, or the concern, that fake news somehow helped him get elected. What do you make of that?
My sites were picked up by Trump supporters all the time. I think Trump is in the White House because of me. His followers don’t fact-check anything — they’ll post everything, believe anything. His campaign manager posted my story about a protester getting paid $3,500 as fact. Like, I made that up. I posted a fake ad on Craigslist. Read the full article here.
Donald Trump and family, including son Eric and those within the Trump circle are known to consistently re-tweet unknown sources. This example above shows a blatant disregard for fact-checking by the sender of the truth. What are the responsibilities of surrogates to the now-president-elect Trump? Would transmitting this information be considered a lie? Please comment below.