George Bush arrested for cocaine possession rumour - Internet/Facebook Rumour

27 Jul 2014 - Article No: 1866. Filed under: General | Internet/Facebook Rumour

is it true that George Bush ex pres US hs been arrestd wid cocaine in Dallas ystrday? Seen dis on social netwrkng only.
collected July 2014

Rumours are flying across the Internet that ex-US President George Bush Jr. has been arrested for “cocaine possession”.

The majority of the rumours link back to a website called Empire News that claims in an article that –

George W. Bush was arrested in a Dallas suburb late Tuesday evening after a routine traffic stop uncovered over an ounce of cocaine in his glove compartment.

However Empire News is a fake news website that routinely posts utter nonsense, hiding behind the weak justification that the article is actually satire. Sites like Empire News publish fake stories with “click-baity” headlines in order to attract large amounts of traffic which is used to make money via sponsored advertising.

Less than a week ago from the date of this article Empire News was responsible for another false rumour that claimed actor Jim Parsons had quit popular TV show The Big Bang Theory after an on-screen fight with fellow actors.

Websites like Empire News that post fake news under the guise of satire have become popular recently, with many different sites springing up exploiting this business model. Click here for out article about these sites and how to avoid them.

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