Fake news gets people to agree anything is true—except Clint Eastwood’s speech

By Kay Steiger
Friday, September 7, 2012 16:00 EDT
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A new original satire video from Jest’s comedy website proves that “people will believe anything about politics if you look like a news man and are holding a microphone.”

The fake news caster runs around New York City proving typical idiocy by saying things that simply aren’t true — like that President Barack Obama dumped Joe Biden over his looks after Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney picked Paul Ryan as his veep.

“It seems like a very unprofessional thing to do, but I guess it’s strategic,” a woman holding a to-go coffee cup postulated as she shook the hair out of her eyes.

The anchor tells another woman President Obama won the state of Ohio and asks her what she thinks this means for Romney’s chances in the election.

“I’m sure it’ll definitely affect it. I don’t really know like what states Romney has won and what the ratio is,” she responded, apparently unaware that Election Day isn’t until November.

People even seemed to buy that Romney would rather live on a yacht on the Potomac River than in the White House and that “the cost of free speech is rising.”

The only thing people wouldn’t buy? “Clint Eastwood gave a speech to an empty chair representing an invisible Barack Obama.”

Watch the video, uploaded on Jest on Sept. 7.

Kay Steiger
Kay Steiger
Kay Steiger is the managing editor of Raw Story. Her contributions have appeared in The American Prospect, The Atlantic, Campus Progress, The Guardian, In These Times, Jezebel, Religion Dispatches, RH Reality Check, and others. You can follow her on Twitter @kaysteiger.
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