Claim: Former president George W. Bush was arrested in Dallas for cocaine possession.
Example: [Collected via Facebook, July 2014]
Origins: On 24 July 2014, Empire News published an article positing that former president
Dallas police say they pulled over Bush after he made a right turn without signaling. Officers report they were surprised when seeing it was the
Soon afterwards links and excerpts referencing this article were being circulated via social media, with many of those who encountered the item mistaking it for a genuine news item. However, the article was just a spoof from Empire News, one of many fake news sites that publishes fictional stories such as "Cure for Cancer Discovered; 'Amazingly Simple' Says Researcher," and "College Student Excused from Classes After Dog Eats Grandmother," and "Woman Gives Birth, Confuses Doctors by Asking for Maternity Test." Their disclaimer page notes that Empire News "is a satirical and entertainment website."
Last updated: 29 July 2014