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A writer who became notorious for peddling "fake news" during the 2016 US election campaign has died at 38. Paul Horner was found dead in his bed in Laveen, Arizona, on 18 September, after a suspected drug overdose, officials said. Horner, who published fraudulent articles on Facebook and websites he set up, claimed he was the reason Donald Trump was elected in November.
Among Horner's creations was a false claim that former President Barack Obama was both gay and a radical Muslim. Mr Trump's son Eric, and campaign manager Corey Lewandowski, posted one of Horner's fake news items about protesters being paid $3,000 to demonstrate against the Republican candidate. 'Humour and comedy' Many of Horner's sites, such as newsexaminer.net, had names falsely suggesting legitimacy. However, Horner defended his work as "political satire".
originally posted by: JoshuaCox
a reply to: Revolution9
When "good" intentions go wrong, right???
This is the guy that made up fake ultra conservative propaganda stories to see if the conservative media groups would run them. With the plan that they would look bad after running fake the fake stories, right??
Yea that backfired lol..
originally posted by: Revolution9
Paul believed that Donald Trump won because of his Fake News spreading. He did not like Trump, but was engaged in political satire and had a low opinion of people that you could tell them anything and they would believe it.
It would be very easy to build a conspiracy around this. These coincidences are sometimes very startling. There seems to be no indication of foul play. Hope more information comes out.
"My sites were picked up by Trump supporters all the time... His followers don't fact-check anything - they'll post everything, believe anything."