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QAnon believers are realizing their entire conspiracy was a hoax as Biden is sworn in


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Nevada doctor’s selfie of alternative site for hospital used to claim COVID-19 is a hoax


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Nevada doctor’s selfie used to claim COVID-19 is a hoax


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Biden says Trump is an 'idiot' for calling Russian election interference a hoax

Biden says Trump is an 'idiot' for calling Russian election interference a hoaxFormer Vice President Joe Biden had a lot to say during a 60 Minutes interview that aired Sunday night.The 2020 Democratic presidential candidate first explained why former President Barack Obama has not endorsed him, telling interviewer Norah O'Donnell that he wants to "earn this on my own," but has "no doubt when I'm the nominee he'll be out on the campaign trail for me." Biden also discussed how he will fund health care and education by repealing tax cuts for people who make more than $ 400,000 a year and increasing tax rates on those who earn between $ 250,000 and $ 400,000. "The fact is that what we should be doing is making sure that the wealthy pay their fare share," he said.Last week, Facebook announced that Russian trolls were using fake profiles to target Biden, and Biden was asked about this and Trump's insistence that the intelligence is wrong and Russian election interference is a hoax. "He's an idiot in terms of saying that," Biden said. "Everybody knows this. Everybody knows it. Nobody doubts it." He also reiterated that there was nothing wrong with his son, Hunter Biden, being on the board of a Ukrainian gas company while he was vice president, something that has been fuel for Trump and other Republicans who have accused the Bidens of corruption."He did not do a single thing wrong, as everybody's investigated," Biden said. Trump needs to focus on himself, he added, and release his tax returns. "Let's see how straight you are, okay old buddy?" he said. "I put out 21 years of mine. So show us your tax returns…what are you hiding? You wanna deal with corruption? Start to act like it. Release your tax returns or shut up."



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Lindsey Graham dishes on Trump in hoax calls with Russian pranksters

Lindsey Graham dishes on Trump in hoax calls with Russian prankstersRepublican Sen. Lindsey Graham has in the last year become something of a congressional point man for President Trump’s negotiations with Turkey, leading discussions on everything from Ankara’s purchase of a Russian missile system over the summer to its more recent incursion into northern Syria.



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Tucker Carlson Responds to Critics After Calling White Supremacy a Hoax: ‘Calm Down’

Tucker Carlson Responds to Critics After Calling White Supremacy a Hoax: ‘Calm Down’Chip Somodevilla/GettyFaced with calls for his ouster from Fox News after claiming the issue of white supremacy is a “hoax,” Tucker Carlson on Wednesday doubled down and in a “sincere message” to those he outraged claimed it was they who need to “calm down.” “I want to take a second to pass on a sincere message to officials in Washington and particularly to our colleagues at the other cable news channels,” the conservative host said in a video message addressing the condemnation of his remarks. “And it’s this—please, for the sake of the nation, calm down.” During his primetime Fox News broadcast on Tuesday night, Carlson took aim at critics of President Donald Trump who say his anti-immigrant rhetoric emboldened the El Paso shooter accused of killing 22 people. Claiming it was “just a lie” that Trump ever “endorsed white supremacy or came close to endorsing white supremacy,” Carlson, who’s repeatedly used the same Hispanic “invasion” rhetoric found in the manifesto the suspected shooter apparently posted, went on to say white supremacy is “actually not a real problem in America.”“It’s a hoax,” he added. “Just like the Russia hoax, it’s a conspiracy theory used to divide the country and keep a hold on power.”The Fox News star’s remarks sparked immediate outrage and backlash. In his response on Wednesday, Carlson briefly acknowledged that racism is indeed a problem in America before going on to list off other problems he feels are much worse, such as the national debt and a “fading middle class.”After having told everyone to calm down, Carlson said that “people know” that America “is in decline” and are therefore terrified, which is the reason they voted for Trump and are turning to new leaders.“This is a time of frustration and a time for change,” he added. “It’s a hard time for America.”Carlson concluded his video message by saying America is full of decent people of all races who “make bad decisions from time to time” but “mean their best.”“So going forward, give them the benefit of the doubt,” he declared. “Even when you disagree with them. Maybe especially when you disagree with them. These are your fellow Americans, cut them a break. They deserve it. And remember, the alternative is disaster.”Read more at The Daily Beast.Get our top stories in your inbox every day. Sign up now!Daily Beast Membership: Beast Inside goes deeper on the stories that matter to you. Learn more.



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Tucker Carlson: White Supremacy Is a ‘Hoax’ and ‘Not a Real Problem in America’

Tucker Carlson: White Supremacy Is a ‘Hoax’ and ‘Not a Real Problem in America’Three days after a Texas man allegedly killed 22 people in El Paso after apparently posting a manifesto complaining of a “Hispanic invasion,” Fox News host Tucker Carlson said white supremacy is not a problem in the United States and is actually a “hoax” and a “conspiracy theory.”Carlson, who regularly spouts the same anti-immigrant “invasion” rhetoric the El Paso shooter is believed to have espoused in a racist manifesto, hit back against those who say President Trump’s rhetoric on immigration may have emboldened the suspected shooter. The Fox News star claimed it is “just a lie” to say Trump ever “endorsed white supremacy or came close to endorsing white supremacy.”Crediting the president for condemning white supremacy while addressing the recent mass shootings, Carlson not only blasted critics of the president but took it a step further and dismissed the issue of white supremacy altogether, saying “the whole thing is a lie.” “If you were to assemble a list, a hierarchy of concerns, problems this country has, where would white supremacy be on the list? Right up there with Russia probably. It’s actually not a real problem in America.”After asserting that one could fit all the white supremacists in America within a football stadium, the Fox News primetime star—who has repeatedly claimed racism is essentially a non-existent problem— then mocked the idea of white supremacy being an issue in this country.“It’s a hoax,” he declared.  “Just like the Russia hoax, it’s a conspiracy theory used to divide the country and keep a hold on power.”Moments later, during an interview with frequent guest Victor Davis Hanson, Carlson insisted he's “never met anybody—not one person—who ascribes to white supremacy.”“I don't know a single person who thinks that's a good idea,” he added. “I don't—I mean, they are making this up, and it's a talking point which they are using to help them in this election cycle, obviously, because Russia died.”The New York Times, meanwhile, recently highlighted how white extremist ideology is a major driving force in deadly mass shootings. Furthermore, the FBI said last month that the majority of domestic terrorism cases they’ve recently investigated are versions of white supremacist violence. Besides the El Paso shooting, at least a dozen people were killed over the past year in two separate synagogue attacks in Poway, California, and Pittsburgh, Pennslyvania, both of which were tied to alleged gunmen who had expressed white nationalist views online beforehand. Read more at The Daily Beast.Get our top stories in your inbox every day. Sign up now!Daily Beast Membership: Beast Inside goes deeper on the stories that matter to you. Learn more.



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Man who claimed to have protected students during school shooting revealed to be a hoax

Man who claimed to have protected students during school shooting revealed to be a hoaxA man who gained media attention after claiming he saved students from a mass shooting while working as a substitute teacher never worked at the school, officials say.David Briscoe had spoken to numerous news organisations in the wake of the May 2018 Santa Fe High School shooting in Texas, which left 10 people dead and thirteen others wounded.He recounted stories of barricading children from an English class into their room, telling them to find cover and muffle their screams to avoid detection.However, an investigation by the Texas Tribune has revealed his supposed heroics are likely a fiction.Local police told the news website the shooting had been confined to art classrooms and there were no English classes being held in the vicinity. Meanwhile, school district officials said they had no record of his employment and are confident no one of the name David Briscoe was on campus at the time of the attack.“We are extremely disappointed that an individual that has never been a part of our school community would represent themselves as a survivor of the mass violence tragedy that our community endured,” said Leigh Wall, the superintendent of Santa Fe Independent School District said.“This situation illustrates how easily misinformation can be created and circulated, especially when the amount of detailed information available is limited due to the still ongoing investigation.”In the wake of the shooting, Mr Briscoe appears to have contacted several media outlets to claim he was involved in the tragedy.The Wall Street Journal, CNN and Time went on to use his account of events in their coverage. All have since removed his comments from their stories and published corrections.“It was simultaneous,” Mr Briscoe had told CNN. “I barricaded the door with desks and tables and shut the lights.“Honestly, it felt like hours before we got out of the school, but one of my students said it was 30 to 45 minutes.”His story went into grisly detail, including claims he heard the sound of what he supposed was a child getting shot, followed by “groaning”.He went on to contact the Tribune in April this year, asking reporter Alexandra Samuels if she would consider a follow-up story relating to a string of recent suicides by mass shooting survivors.In a subsequent phone call, Mr Briscoe reportedly told Ms Samuels he had given up teaching and moved out of Texas as a result of the trauma he suffered.He claimed he had given a speech on his experience at a high school in Orlando, Florida, an event the principal of the school said never took place.Later asked if he could help fact-check some of his claims, Mr Biscoe claimed one of his employees had been impersonating him during the interview and on social media, denying he had given an interview. The Twitter account he used to first contact the Tribune has since been deactivated.Dimitrios Pagourtzis, at the time a 17-year-old Santa Fe High School student, has been charged with 10 counts of murder in connection to the shootings. He is currently awaiting trial.



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Family of missing boy was elated, then devastated by hoax

Family of missing boy was elated, then devastated by hoaxAURORA, Ill. (AP) — Eight years after an Illinois boy disappeared, his family began to think that their nightmare might be over at last.



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Jussie Smollett case: City of Chicago to sue actor over alleged hoax attack

Jussie Smollett case: City of Chicago to sue actor over alleged hoax attackThe city of Chicago will sue “Empire” actor Jussie Smollett to claw back more than $ 130,000 to cover overtime costs of investigating what authorities say was a staged racist, homophobic  attack, the city’s law department announced Thursday.



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