The Clinton gals, laughing off the haters.
Remember the good old days when fake news was about space aliens instead of important political issues?
No? Well, luckily Chelsea Clinton does, and she’s decided to enlighten us by sharing a scandalously hot fake news story from the 90s.
You may think that the fake news phenomenon originated during the 2016 presidential election, but Chelsea Clinton — whose mother, Hillary, was the subject of many barbaric headlines over the past few months — is here to remind us that fake news is nothing new and used to be a lot more fun.
Sure, over the years misinformative media outlets have gotten craftier in the way they present their information — making it more challenging to identify true from false — but in one epic tweet Clinton recalled one of several absurd extraterrestrial lies that were publicly spread about her family over a decade ago.
Sharing an "official photo" to Twitter of her mother holding a large-headed baby beside the Weekly World News headline: "Hillary Clinton Adopts Alien Baby," Chelsea made light of the sheer ridiculousness of the news story. "I’d forgotten about my alien sibling from the early 90s. Oh the good old days when fake news was about aliens…" she quipped with a digital eye roll.
I’d forgotten about my alien sibling from the early 90s. Oh the good old days when #fakenews was about aliens… https://t.co/blyTcUpax3
— Chelsea Clinton (@ChelseaClinton) February 22, 2017
In addition to giving everyone a laugh, the old headline was revived for an important reason — to promote an event being held by the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe Group, entitled, "The Future of News in a Hyperconnected World."
On March 1, Marietje Schaake, a member of the European Parliament will host the event with the intention of exploring the presence and impact of fake news in today’s society, along with potential steps to take in order to remedy the situation.
"On social media platforms that are built for maximum profit, sensational stories easily go viral, even if they are not true," the event description reads. "Online propaganda is at an all-time high and personalized newsfeeds result in filter bubbles, which has a direct impact on the state of democracy."
The event is comprised of two sessions: "How to survive as a news company?" and "Impact of social media on business models, democracy, fake news," and will feature speakers from the Reuters Institute of Journalism, Facebook, The Washington Post and more.
Oh what we wouldn’t give to hear a riveting tale about a Trump relative from outer space at a time like this.