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Issue 80 - March 2008 - Page 14

Pages in this month's issue:
  1. Postcard Image Virus Hoax
  2. Pay Up or I'll Kill You Scam Email
  3. Bacteria on Restaurant Lemon Slices Warning
  4. Water Bottle Car Fire Warning
  5. Fake Microsoft Critical Update
  6. Shark's Love for Man Hoax
  7. Cancer Info From Johns Hopkins Hoax Email
  8. Christian the Lion Email
  9. PayPal New Security Message Phishing Scam
  10. K-9 Congressional Medal of Honor Hoax
  11. Cell Phone Gun Warning
  12. 359lb Louisiana Grouper
  13. Ahmad Khaled Abu Rumman Make-A-Wish Foundation Hoax
  14. Barack Obama Endorsed by the Ku Klux Klan Hoax
  15. Telstra Free Directory Assistance Protest Email

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Barack Obama Endorsed by the Ku Klux Klan Hoax

Summary:
Emailed "News report" claims that the Ku Klux Klan has endorsed Barack Obama for the US presidency.

Status:
False

Example:(February 2008)
Ku Klux Klan Endorses Obama

KENTUCKY - USA - Imperial Wizard, Ronald Edwards has stated that, "anything is better than Hillary Clinton."

White Christian Supremacist group the Ku Klux Klan has endorsed Barack Obama to be the next President of the United States of America.

Speaking from his Kentucky office in Dawson Springs, the Imperial Wizard exclaimed that anything or anyone is better than having that "crazy ass bitch" as President.

This is the first time in Klan history that any member of the KKK has ever publicly supported an African American candidate for the presidency.

KKK lodges all over America have been gathering and holding rallies supporting the black presidential candidate.

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Commentary:
According to a supposed news report that is circulating via email and online, US presidential candidate Barack Obama has been publicly endorsed by the Ku Klux Klan. The message claims that the vile racist white supremacist organization has taken the unprecedented step of endorsing an African American candidate because "anything is better than Hillary Clinton."

Unsurprisingly however, the report is pure nonsense and was never intended to be taken seriously. The story was first published on a UK based news satire website called The Daily Squib. Most visitors to the site would quickly realize that it does not feature real news stories due to the outrageous nature of the material presented. The site includes the following disclaimer in the footer of every page:
The Daily Squib is a satirical publication and should therefore not be taken too fu**ing seriously
Satirical "news" reports often escape the confines of their original publications and begin circulating via email. Taken out of context, even absurd messages such as this one are likely to fool at least a few recipients into believing the information they contain.

References:
Ku Klux Klan Endorses Obama
The Daily Squib
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Issue 80 Start Menu

Pages in this month's issue:
  1. Postcard Image Virus Hoax
  2. Pay Up or I'll Kill You Scam Email
  3. Bacteria on Restaurant Lemon Slices Warning
  4. Water Bottle Car Fire Warning
  5. Fake Microsoft Critical Update
  6. Shark's Love for Man Hoax
  7. Cancer Info From Johns Hopkins Hoax Email
  8. Christian the Lion Email
  9. PayPal New Security Message Phishing Scam
  10. K-9 Congressional Medal of Honor Hoax
  11. Cell Phone Gun Warning
  12. 359lb Louisiana Grouper
  13. Ahmad Khaled Abu Rumman Make-A-Wish Foundation Hoax
  14. Barack Obama Endorsed by the Ku Klux Klan Hoax
  15. Telstra Free Directory Assistance Protest Email