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An Internet post that declared U.S. Sen. Al Franken is leaving his Senate seat to avoid some unspecified scandal is so fake, it’s stolen from another fake news story about a different senator.
Facebook users flagged the post as possible being fabricated, as part of the social media site’s efforts to fight fake news.
"Libtard Democrat Al Franken will resign his seat as U.S. Senator and Minority Leader this morning after learning that the White House has enough on him to ruin his marriage and send him to jail," the post read. "Rather than face the backlash and vindictive response from the Trump administration to his requests to play ball, Franken will resign, deny all of the allegations and spend the next 7 1/2 years under investigation by Trey Gowdy."
The post is definitely fake. There has been no announcement that the former comedian Franken, D-Minn., is quitting after winning re-election in 2014. Otherwise he probably would have mentioned it during his recent NPR interview.
Breakingtop.world doesn’t have any contact information, but it does have a Facebook page titled "Fake News Report." That’s quite a clue that this is made up.
The site referred to the source of its post as a June 14 version of the article on OurLandOfTheFree.com, another parody website with hidden registration information. OurLandOfTheFree.com says in its footer note that the site makes "no guarantee that what you read here is true. In fact, it's probably not." It echoes the warning on its About Us page.
But if you noticed, the post referred to Franken as the Senate minority leader, which he isn’t. That role belongs to Democrat Chuck Schumer. The Breakingtop.world post even mentions ousting Schumer later in the text.
That detail is wrong because the entire article has essentially copied a May 23 post on TheLastLineOfDefense.org that really was about Schumer.
TheLastLineOfDefense.org is a parody website run by liberal troll Christopher Blair. Blair’s goal is to publish fake stories with absurd narratives in an attempt to fool conservatives.
How this story ended up getting copied and passed on as a dig at Franken is anyone’s guess, but it’s not true.
We rate this statement Pants On Fire!
Breakingtop.world, "Libtard hero Al Franken forced to resign in disgrace," June 15, 2017
TheLastLineOfDefense.org, "Chuck Schumer Resigns From The Senate In Disgrace," May 23, 2017
PolitiFact, "If you're fooled by fake news, this man probably wrote it," May 31, 2017
OurLandOfTheFree.com, "Libtard Hero Al Franken Forced To Resign In Disgrace," June 14, 2017
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