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FAKE-NEWS: 'Obama Declares International Muslim Awareness Month'


Outline

A story circulating via social media and political blogs claims that US President Obama has declared November 2014 to be 'International Muslim Awareness Month' in an effort to celebrate 'the Muslim community, the Sunnah and the Quran'.

Fake News Muslim Awareness Month
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Brief Analysis

The claims in the story are untrue. Obama has not declared November or any other month to be 'International Muslim Awareness Month'. The original version of the report was published on the fake-news website National Report in late 2013. Since then, altered versions of the report have surfaced on several other websites. All versions of the report are fictional and should not be taken seriously.

Example

BREAKING: Obama Just Declared This Month ‘International Muslim Awareness Month’

"International Muslim Awareness Month." And his reasoning is as shocking as ever.


"The Muslim community around the world deserves our full acceptance, respect, apologies and most important, our awareness," Obama told reporters during his announcement.


Detailed Analysis

Reports Claim November to be 'International Muslim Awareness Month'

According to a report that is making its way around the Internet via social media posts and the political blogosphere, US President Obama has declared November 2014 to be 'International Muslim Awareness Month'.

The report notes:
'The Muslim community deserves our full acceptance and respect,' Obama told reporters. 'We have killed millions of Muslims overseas since the September 11th attacks. They are not all bad. In fact most of them are good. So from now on, November will be a month to celebrate the Muslim community, the Sunnah and the Quran.'
Some versions of the report claim that you can ask questions or offer comments via the '24-hour National Muslim Appreciation Hotline at (785) 273-0325'.

The reports have generated a good deal of angst and often-ferocious anti-Muslim and anti-Obama commentary as they travel.

Reports are Nonsense - Obama Made No Such Announcement

But, in fact, the reports are nonsense.  Obama has not declared November or any other month to be 'International Muslim Awareness Month'. Nor did he make the comments attributed to him in the reports.

The story began its sad and sorry life on the fake-news website National Report in late 2013, with an article titled 'Obama Declares November National Muslim Appreciation Month'.  Since then, versions of the report have been posted on various other websites with minor changes to the title and text. And, the latest crop has date-shifted the supposed declaration so that it refers to November 2014.

Parts of the same report were amalgamated into another 2013 fake-news report that falsely claimed that Obama had announced plans for a federally funded Muslim outreach program aimed at US school children.

National Report bills itself as a satire site and nothing published on the site should be taken seriously.

National Report present its fictional material as seemingly genuine news reports. And it does not display any clear disclaimer that might alert readers to the 'satirical' nature of its reports.

Thus, many readers are duped into believing the reports and sharing them with their friends.

For the record, calling the 'hotline' number mentioned in the original report will connect you to the notorious Westboro Baptist Church

Wise to Verify Social Media 'News' Reports Before Sharing Them

Given the increasing number of fake-news stories that now circulate, it is wise to verify any 'news' stories that come your way before sharing them. Searching on a news aggregator website such as Google News should quickly reveal if stories like the one discussed here are true.  Of course, the mainstream media would extensively cover any move by President Obama to declare an 'International Muslim Awareness Month'.




Fake News Muslim Awareness Month

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Last updated: October 17, 2014
First published: October 17, 2014
By Brett M. Christensen
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