'Saved by the Bell' Star Dennis Haskins Is NOT Dead
OutlineMessage being shared via social media claims that American actor Dennis Haskins, who is best known for his role as principal Richard Belding in the sitcom 'Saved by the Bell', has been killed in a car accident.
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Brief AnalysisThe claims in the message are false. Dennis Haskins is alive and has not been involved in a car accident. The false death claims come via a report on the fake-news website, Circus News Network. Nothing published on the site should be taken seriously.
'Saved by the Bell' Star Dennis Haskins Killed in Automobile Accident
Dennis Haskins, best known for his role as principal Richard Belding in the teen sitcom Saved by the Bell, which ran from 1989 to 1993 on NBC, died in a single vehicle crash on Tennessee State Route 66 near Sevierville.
Post Claims Dennis Haskins Killed in Car Accident
The message links to a longer report that claims that the actor 'died in a single vehicle crash on Tennessee State Route 66 near Sevierville' and was identified by photo ID found at the scene.
Report is False - Dennis Haskins is Not Dead
The message and linked report originate from the fake-news website Circus News Network (CNN.com.so), which apparently considers itself satirical. None of the reports published on the site are genuine news stories. The site acknowledges the fictional nature of its material via a clause buried in its terms of service document, which reads:
Circus News Network articles are drawn from a number of different sources and many are fictitious or satirical. Circus News Network uses invented names in some stories, except in cases where public figures are being satirized. Any other use of real names is accidental and coincidental. The reader should suspend disbelief for the sake of enjoyment. Any further disclaimers neglected to be made are hereby reserved.CNN.com.so reports are presented in news format. And, because of the site's web address, readers may mistakenly believe that they are on the CNN.com news website. A disclaimer at the bottom of the site's pages notes that it is not associated with Cable News Network (CNN.com). However, many readers may not notice this disclaimer.
Thus, many readers are likely to think that the stories on the site are factual and share them with others.
Fake-News Sites Abound - Verify Before Sharing
It is therefore wise to check the veracity of any 'news' reports that come your way via social media before you share them with your friends. Celebrity deaths - even the deaths of those less well known - are sure to be covered by mainstream news and entertainment websites. So, a quick search via Google News or another news portal should reveal if a celebrity death report is true or false
Last updated: September 3, 2014
First published: September 3, 2014
By Brett M. Christensen