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SATIRE - 'George W. Bush Arrested for Cocaine Possession'


Outline

Circulating report claims that former US President George W. Bush has been arrested after police found an ounce of cocaine in his glove compartment during a routine traffic stop.


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Brief Analysis

The claims in the report are untrue. George W. Bush has not been arrested for possessing cocaine. The report comes from the fake-news website Empire News. Empire News bills itself as satirical and nothing published on the site should be taken seriously.

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George W. Bush Arrested for Cocaine Possession
DALLAS, Texas - One of the most notorious Presidents in history of The United States of America is back in the spotlight, but not because of his politics. George W. Bush was arrested in a Dallas


Detailed Analysis

Report Claims George W. Bush Arrested for Cocaine Possession

According to a report that is currently making its way around the interwebs via social media, former US President George W. Bush has been arrested in Dallas for cocaine possession.

The report claims that police found an ounce of cocaine in Bush's car after he was pulled over for making a right turn without signalling.

Supposedly, Bush tried to bribe and threaten police after the discovery and suggested that Presidents can break any laws that they want. The story also claims that Bush admitted to 'doing coke for decades'.

Claims in Report are False - Comes From Fake-News Site, Empire News

However, the claims in the report are false. George W. Bush has not been arrested for possessing cocaine.  The story is a work of fiction published via the fake-news outlet Empire News.

Nothing published on Empire News should be taken seriously. In recent months, the site has been responsible for a series of false reports that have circulated virally via social media and email.
Empire News includes the following disclaimer on its About page:

Empire News is a satirical and entertainment website. We only use invented names in all our stories, except in cases when public figures are being satirized. Any other use of real names is accidental and coincidental.

More and More Fake-News 'Satire' Sites Emerging

In recent years, an increasing number of fake-news websites have appeared online. The sites generally consider themselves as satirical and present their fictional stories in news format.

Because the articles look like genuine news reports, many people tend to believe the claims and share the stories as true.

Before sharing any strange or unusual 'news' stories that come your way via the Internet, it is wise to check their veracity by checking via legitimate news sources. If true, stories such as the arrest of a former president will be well covered by the mainstream media and should be easy to find.




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Last updated: July 28, 2014
First published: July 28, 2014
By Brett M. Christensen
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