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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 (Full commentary below).



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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Last updated: 22nd February 2008
First published: 22nd February 2008

Write-up by Brett M. Christensen