Comedian Who Writes Fake News Claims: Trump Won the Election Because of Me
Did a stand-up comedian alter the outcome of the 2016 presidential election?
Paul Horner, who is behind some of the fake news articles seen on Facebook and Google, is taking credit for Donald Trump's win.
"I think Trump is in the White House because of me," the 38-year-old told the Washington Post.
He's behind crazy stories including “Donald Trump Requiring All Muslims To Wear Badges" and "President Obama Signs Executive Order Banning The National Anthem.”
President Obama denounced the fake stories on his final trip overseas as commander-in-chief.
Obama said Thursday in Berlin “fake news threatens our democracy,” adding: “There is so much active misinformation and it is packaged very well and it looks the same when you see it on a Facebook page or you turn on your television.”
Horner lives in Mesa, Arizona and performs stand-up comedy at local clubs around Phoenix.
His major source of income is those fake headlines -- about $10,000 a month, he told Washington Post reporter Caitlin Dewey.
"When a lot of people read those stories he gets a certain amount of money for each person that clicks through and that adds up to a lot of money," she told Inside Edition.
One survey says more people read the fake news stories on Facebook than read real stories from reputable news outlets, a fact that had TV journalists at the 30th annual "Power Lunch For Women" in New York very upset.
Rosanna Scotto of Fox told Inside Edition: "This should be a lesson to people everywhere: Don't believe all the junk you read."
Deborah Roberts of ABC News said: "Just breathe before you read."