Alex Jones Appointed White House Press Secretary-Fiction!
Summary of eRumor:
InfoWars host and noted conspiracy theorist Alex Jones has been named the White House press secretary.
A website that specializes in “Christian news satire” is behind false reports that Alex Jones was appointed White House press secretary.
A report that appeared at The Babylon Bee on June 20, 2017, under the headline, “Trump Picks Alex Jones As New Press Secretary.” The story, which has been re-reported by fake news website the Nevada County Scooper, begins:
WASHINGTON, D.C.—Confirming the widespread rumors that Sean Spicer would be departing the office in short order, President Donald Trump has chosen InfoWars chief and renowned conspiracy theorist Alex Jones as the new Press Secretary, the White House announced Tuesday.
“I am the new Press Secretary!” he bellowed in his distinct Texas growl at all the reporters present, occasionally taking a handkerchief out of his pocket to dab perspiration from his red face. “AAAAAaaaaaaAAAAAAHHHHH!” he continued, beating his chest like a gorilla.
Many readers of the Nevada County Scooper took the report at face value and reacted to news that Alex Jones had been named White House press secretary on social media:
However, there’s no truth to these reports. Jones, most known for advancing the conspiracy theory that the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre that left 20 children and six adults dead was staged, has been issued White House press credentials and has hosted President Trump on InfoWars multiple times. However, there’s no indication that Jones was considered for or named to the position of White House press secretary. That’s why we’re calling this one “fiction.”