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Sun Nov 18, 2018, 12:49 PM

'Nothing on this page is real': How lies become truth in online America

By Eli Saslow November 17 at 7:40 PM

NORTH WATERBORO, Maine — The only light in the house came from the glow of three computer monitors, and Christopher Blair, 46, sat down at a keyboard and started to type. His wife had left for work and his children were on their way to school, but waiting online was his other community, an unreality where nothing was exactly as it seemed. He logged onto his website and began to invent his first news story of the day.

“BREAKING,” he wrote, pecking out each letter with his index fingers as he considered the possibilities. Maybe he would announce that Hillary Clinton had died during a secret overseas mission to smuggle more refugees into America. Maybe he would award President Trump the Nobel Peace Prize for his courage in denying climate change.

A new message popped onto Blair’s screen from a friend who helped with his website. “What viral insanity should we spread this morning?” the friend asked.

“The more extreme we become, the more people believe it,” Blair replied.

He had launched his new website on Facebook during the 2016 presidential campaign as a practical joke among friends — a political satire site started by Blair and a few other liberal bloggers who wanted to make fun of what they considered to be extremist ideas spreading throughout the far right. In the last two years on his page, America’s Last Line of Defense, Blair had made up stories about California instituting sharia, former president Bill Clinton becoming a serial killer, undocumented immigrants defacing Mount Rushmore, and former president Barack Obama dodging the Vietnam draft when he was 9. “Share if you’re outraged!” his posts often read, and thousands of people on Facebook had clicked “like” and then “share,” most of whom did not recognize his posts as satire. Instead, Blair’s page had become one of the most popular on Facebook among Trump-supporting conservatives over 55.

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Sun Nov 18, 2018, 12:54 PM

1. Adulting is hard

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Sun Nov 18, 2018, 02:15 PM

2. I love this article!

I posted a tongue in cheek share of their page to all my friends in FB. I referred to that site as "conservative truthy" and I'm sure many of my conservative friends will take the bait.

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Sun Nov 18, 2018, 02:30 PM

3. Ignorant fools will believe almost anything

Except the truth.

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Sun Nov 18, 2018, 05:45 PM

4. Amazing how gullible some people are

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