By Erica Abbott
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Reports that U.S. Senator Warren Sherman was charged with six felonies are false. Not only is the senator in question completely fictitious, but rumors of his arrest also stemmed from a satire website.
According to Hoax Alert, the fake claim originated on As American As Apple Pie, a satire website. The article claimed that after Sherman’s charter plane was stopped on a runway, the Vermont senator was charged with operating an illegal gambling establishment and possession. It purported:
Senator Warren Sherman of Vermont says he had no idea what was happening when his charter plane was stopped on a runway at Sanders Field in Burlington late last night. The plane was boarded by the FBI and all of the passengers and crew arrested.
After hours of tearing the plane apart, Senator Sherman faces charges of running an illegal gambling establishment, possession of cocaine, methamphetamine, heroin, ecstacy and marijuana with intent to distribute and facilitating prostitution. Basically, he was flying around in a private 727 with a bunch of rich Democrats in a mobile den of iniquity.
The report, however, is entirely fabricated. Sherman does not exist (currently, Vermont’s senators are Bernie Sanders and Patrick Leahy) and the photo used in the fake article actually shows ex-Suffolk County Police Chief James Burke, who was sentenced last year to 46 months in federal prison. Additionally, As American As Apple Pie’s website explains in their disclaimer that their stories aren’t meant to be taken seriously:
When no one can trust the lying fake news liberal media anymore because they hate us and guns and Harley Davidson and meat and OUR president, As American as Apple Pie is here to be your beacon of something you can kinda rely on sometimes but not really.
Here are some examples of people sharing the fake story on social media:
Social Media Shares Fake Story about U.S. Senator Getting Charged with Six Felonies
BREAKING: US Senator Charged With 6 Felonies–Dems In A Panic https://t.co/eLBrlMVPE7
— M’la (@heifer109) August 7, 2017
Wow.. BIG news.. And not a word fro the corrupt media.. https://t.co/WB3OiKWl1h
— Ted Kieper (@tedkieper) August 7, 2017
Haven’t seen anything on fox about this yet https://t.co/5J7mfGMl9r
— Danielle Winslow (@Katravina) August 6, 2017
BREAKING: US Senator Charged With 6 Felonies–Dems In A Panic https://t.co/CuUVqOoViu
— jerry townsend (@moorerock80) August 6, 2017
BREAKING: US Senator Charged With 6 Felonies–DEMS Panic https://t.co/pdjg3SYVuq OMG THIS DEMONRATS IS EVIL? WHATS GOING ON IN THE DEM PARTY?
— CCBLOG (@Ccblog2Ccblog) August 7, 2017
Have you seen the fake story about a U.S. senator getting charged with six felonies circulating social media? What are your thoughts on fake news fauxtire websites? Sound off in the comments section below!
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