Not True: James O’Keefe Arrested for Voter Fraud

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A false report circulating claims that conservative James O’Keefe has been arrested for conspiracy to commit voter fraud.  The article is fake.

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Not True

This bit of fabricated pseudo-news come from satirical website National Report. The brief, phony article claims that conservative James O’Keefe had been arrested in North Carolina for voter fraud. According to the false report, O’Keefe was arrested after he and a team of fifty people had traveled to districts held by Democrats to expose voter fraud using hidden cameras. It is unclear, perhaps due to the poor quality of the writing, exactly why O’Keefe was supposedly arrested.

This article is completely fictional.

False Quotations

Included in the article are several false quotations from O’Keefe. One of them is actually a variation of a JFK quote about traveling to the moon. Let’s compare the two.

Supposed James O’Keefe quote in the article:

“We chose to go to North Carolina in this election season and do the other things, not because they are easy, but because they are hard, because that goal will serve to organize and measure the best of our energies and skills, because that challenge is one that we are willing to accept, one we are unwilling to postpone, and one which we intend to win.”

Quote from JFK’s Rice Stadium “Moon Speech” on September 12, 1962:

“We choose to go to the moon. We choose to go to the moon in this decade and do the other things, not because they are easy, but because they are hard, because that goal will serve to organize and measure the best of our energies and skills, because that challenge is one that we are willing to accept, one we are unwilling to postpone, and one which we intend to win, and the others, too.”

National Report

National Report has been responsible for a day-to-day issuing of fake news stories since its beginning in February of 2013. Occasionally, one of these stories goes viral as the headlines are shared by wide-eyed social media users who are seemingly unaware that the articles are fictional. In the case of viral memes, these satirical hoaxes can fool millions of people while the site rakes in cash through internet traffic and ad clicks.

Most satire sites contain a disclaimer which advises visiting readers that the site posts fictional stories. In the case of National Report, they have removed their disclaimer from easy visibility, yet it may be obscured in text on a page devoted to the site’s legal issues. This ploy may prevent National Report from potential litigation while allowing them to continue the creation of fake news articles.

Bottom Line

Conservative James O’Keefe has not been arrested for voter fraud while attempting to expose it. The story claiming this is a “satirical” article from well-known satire site National Report.

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