I don’t mind advertisements. I know advertisers are trying their best to convince me to buy their product. Maybe they will even use a favorite pop song or celebrity. It’s okay. It’s an ad. But what if the ad is a lie? What if Pepsi said Coke causes cancer? What if Coke said Pepsi funded Putin’s election in Russia?
Paul Horner, admittedly a prankster, was the author of such false headline stories in the 2016 campaign as “In ABC News: The Amish in America Commit their Vote to Donald Trump: Mathematically Guaranteeing Him a Presidential Victory.” He said that most people just read the headline, not the article that got more and more ridiculous as it went on. Another Horner spoof was “I Was Paid $3,500 to protest Trump’s Rally,” a story picked up by Donald Trump’s son who relayed it on Twitter. (CONTINUED)