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The post was shared as satire by a self-described parody account.
A Fox News spokesperson confirmed that the network never reported on a "business relationship" between Mike Johnson and former adult film actor Stormy Daniels.
Americans are learning a lot about Rep. Mike Johnson, R-La., since his fellow Republicans named him speaker Oct. 25. But a viral rumor about Johnson and former adult film star Stormy Daniels is not credible.
"BREAKING FOX NEWS: Stormy Daniels admits to having a business relationship with Speaker Mike Johnson," said the Nov. 11 X post that got more than 1 million views and included side-by-side headshots of Johnson and Daniels.
But the post is not news — neither "breaking" nor "developing." It was created as satire. The X account that first posted the claim, @PatMaguire10, describes itself as an "unfiltered parody account." Other social media users saw the post and reshared it without that disclaimer.
There are no articles from Fox News reporting this story. And a Fox News spokesperson confirmed the network never reported this.
Trump in April pleaded not guilty to 34 felony counts of falsifying business records in New York, charges that prosecutors said stemmed from a 2016 "hush money" payment to Daniels, whose real name is Stephanie Clifford.
We rate the claim that Fox News reported on a "business relationship" between Johnson and Daniels False.
Email interview with Connor Smith, spokesperson for Fox News, Nov. 15, 2023
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X post, Nov. 12, 2023
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X post, Nov. 13, 2023
X profile, accessed Nov 15, 2023
X post, Nov. 13, 2023
X post, Nov. 15, 2023
X post, Nov 11, 2023
Reuters, "Who is Stormy Daniels and how is she involved in Donald Trump indictment?," March 31, 2023
PolitiFact, "Timeline: What Donald Trump has said about Stormy Daniels and $130,000 payment,"March 21, 2023
PolitiFact, "The $130,000 Stormy Daniels payoff: Was it a campaign expenditure?" May 3, 2018
PolitiFact, "Read the 34 felony charges in the Donald Trump indictment over the Stormy Daniels payoff," April 4, 2023
Rolling Stone, "Mike Johnson Admits He and His Son Monitor Each Other's Porn Intake in Resurfaced Video," Nov. 5, 2023
NBC News, "New House speaker's views on LGBTQ issues come under fresh scrutiny," Oct. 26, 2023
Snopes, "Did Stormy Daniels Admit to Having a 'Business Relationship' with House Speaker Mike Johnson?," Nov 14, 2023
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