Only days before being charged with assaulting a reporter, Trump’s campaign manager Corey Lewandowski managed to get fooled by a satire website masquerading as ABC News.
The website abcnews.com.co, operated by ubiquitous Internet hoaxer “Paul Horner”, is a parody website that specialises in publishing fake news designed to be just on the cusp between believable and incredulity, in order to generate the largest possible number of astonished social media shares.
In March 2016, the site published a story claiming that a man actually admitted to being paid by the Clinton campaign in return for orchestrating protests at Trump rallies. The story was completely false, but Trump campaign manager Lewandowski appeared to fall for it, tweeting a link to the article on the parody website from his own Twitter account.
The tweet has now been deleted but we managed to pull it from Google’s cache memory, below.
The tweet was also retweeted by hundreds of Trump supporters before it was finally pulled after Lewandowski presumably realised his mistake.
Parody website abcnews.com.co has had plenty of “hit” spoof articles recently, most of which are just bizarre, including a story that Trump tweeted an image of his penis as well as an “anti-masturbation mascot” being arrested for public masturbation in Japan…
Hopefully Mr. Lewandowski won’t get the communications director job if Trump ever does make it to the White House. We imagine being able to determine between legitimate media and parody websites is an important aspect of those kinds of jobs.