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A fake news story falsely said Megyn Kelly’s move from Fox News to NBC is already over, even as the ink on her contract is drying.
"NBC just fired Megyn Kelly before her new show begins," reads the headline on a March 8, 2017, article on USPostman.com.
The story says that while Kelly left Fox News to be "a white version of Oprah Winfrey on NBC," she has terminated her contract because she didn’t want to do puff pieces and celebrity interviews.
We attempted to contact USPostman.com through their Facebook page (the website has no contact information) but did not receive a response. USPostman.com is registered to an address in Macedonia, a known hotbed of fake news websites.
PunditFact examined the origins of this claim as part of the inaugural International Fact-Checking Day, April 2, 2017. Organizers at Poynter.org describe the day as "not a single event but a rallying cry for more facts -- and fact-checking -- in politics, journalism, and everyday life." It was flagged by Facebook users as being fake.
Kelly announced in January 2017 she was leaving Fox News six months before her contract was up. She is moving to NBC, where she reportedly will be hosting a morning show starting in May as well as a Sunday night news magazine.
A closer reading of the USPostman.com post raises suspicions. It quotes both her supposed new NBC producer Hugh McGovern and NBC Universal CEO Maxwell Seawald as saying unflattering things about her desire and ability to be a journalist. It doesn’t appear these are real people; NBC Universal’s CEO is actually Steven Burke.
It’s common for fake news websites to appropriate content from other websites. But TheLastLineOfDefense.org, which has been the source of several fake news stories that we’ve previously checked, admits it makes up its stories.
While there isn’t an indication on the post itself, TheLastLineOfDefense.org says on its About Us link that "all articles should be considered satirical and any and all quotes attributed to actual people complete and total baloney."
There’s no such admission on USPostman.com, but the story is still made up. Kelly has not been fired from NBC.
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USPostman.com, "NBC just fired Megyn Kelly before her new show begins," March 8, 2017
SGSNews.com, "BREAKING: NBC Just Fired Megyn Kelly Before Her New Show Begins," March 8, 2017
TheLastLineOfDefense.org, "BREAKING: NBC Just Fired Megyn Kelly Before Her New Show Begins," March 8, 2017
Variety, "NBCUniversal Chief Steve Burke Extends Contract Through 2020," July 28, 2016
People, "Megyn Kelly’s Shocking Memoir: 9 Things We Learned About Roger Ailes’ Alleged Sexual Harassment," Nov. 15, 2016
FoxNews.com, "Why Megyn Kelly is leaving Fox News for NBC," Jan. 3, 2017
Forbes, "Megyn Kelly's Move To NBC Will Likely Make Her The World's Highest-Paid Female News Anchor," Jan. 3, 2017
USA Today, "Megyn Kelly's NBC show will follow 'Today' this fall," Jan. 27, 2017
Variety, "Fox News Says Megyn Kelly Has Been Released From Her Contract," March 14, 2017
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