FAKE NEWS: Like MSM, Trump Hater Created False News Stories Meant to Defeat Trump
The creator of viral fake news articles about now President-Elect Donald Trump and the 2016 presidential campaign intended his articles to defeat Trump by making his supporters look foolish for believing them, according to an interview published Thursday by the Washington Post.
Fake news creator Paul Horner told the Post, “I hate Trump” and, “Looking back, instead of hurting the campaign, I think I helped it. And that feels [bad].”
Since Trump won the presidency last week, the Democratic Party, the mainstream media and major Internet sites including Google and Facebook have gone to war on so-called fake news sites in the belief false news articles defeated their candidate Democrat nominee Hillary Clinton.
Excerpts from the Post interview with Horner:
“…My sites were picked up by Trump supporters all the time. I think Trump is in the White House because of me. His followers don’t fact-check anything — they’ll post everything, believe anything. His campaign manager posted my story about a protester getting paid $3,500 as fact. Like, I made that up. I posted a fake ad on Craigslist.”
… “I thought they’d fact-check it, and it’d make them look worse. I mean that’s how this always works: Someone posts something I write, then they find out it’s false, then they look like idiots. But Trump supporters — they just keep running with it! They never fact-check anything! Now he’s in the White House. Looking back, instead of hurting the campaign, I think I helped it. And that feels [bad].”
…”I didn’t think it was possible for him to get elected president. I thought I was messing with the campaign, maybe I wasn’t messing them up as much as I wanted — but I never thought he’d actually get elected.”
“Speaking of Clinton — did you target fake news at her supporters? Or Gary Johnson’s, for that matter? (Horner’s Facebook picture shows him at a rally for Johnson.)”
“No. I hate Trump.”