Ask an Atheist with Sam Mulvey

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Fool Me Once…

Back in Tacoma, Dan, Meredith, and Wes try to fool Sam with some fake news.  We also discuss what makes fake news fake.

If you’d like to guess which news story was false, you can click the red button at the top of the page, and let us know!   Since one of the news stories is false, we will not list them here until the “contest” is over. rules for identifying fake news:

  • Consider the source.
  •, which has been writing about viral claims and online rumors since the mid-1990s, maintains a list of known fake news websites, several of which have emerged in the past two years.
  • Read beyond the headline.
  • Check the author.
  • The pledge of allegiance story on was supposedly written by “Jimmy Rustling.”
  • What’s the support?
  • Check the date.
  • Is this some kind of joke?
  • Check your biases.
  • Consult the experts. List of Fake News Sites:

  • National Report
  • World News Daily Report
  • Huzlers
  • Empire News
  • Stuppid
  • News Examiner
  • Newswatch28 (now Newswatch33)
  • Naha Daily
  • The Stately Harold
  • NewsBuzzDaily
  • Now8News
  • The Reporterz
  • Empire Herald
  • Satira Tribune
  • NC Scooper (Nevada County Scooper)
  • Associated Media Coverage
  • React365

From Wikipedia: What is “clickbait”? “Clickbait is a pejorative term describing web content that is aimed at generating online advertising revenue, especially at the expense of quality or accuracy, relying on sensationalist headlines or eye-catching thumbnail pictures to attract click-throughs and to encourage forwarding of the material over online social networks. Clickbait headlines typically aim to exploit the “curiosity gap”, providing just enough information to make readers curious, but not enough to satisfy their curiosity without clicking through to the linked content.[1][2][3]”

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I loved the “spot the fake news” bit. Super fun. You should do it every show.

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