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Casey at the Spat

Published Aug 4, 2015


FACT CHECK:   Did infamous mother Casey Anthony refer to Planned Parenthood as "baby killers"?

Claim:   Infamous mother Casey Anthony referred to Planned Parenthood as "baby killers."


Example:     [Collected via e-mail, July 2015]

Did Casey Anthony really call Planned Parenthood 'baby killers'?

Origins:    On 3 August 2011, the web site National Report published an article reporting that Casey Anthony, who was controversially acquitted in 2011 onf charges that she murdered her 2-year-old daughter, referred to the Planned Parenthood organization as a group of "baby killers" during a recent radio interview:

Casey Anthony agreed to a brief phone interview with Brian Sparks of WPTV NBC5 early Tuesday morning, breaking her media silence for the first time since January 2013. Under strict conditions set by Anthony’s lawyers, no questions regarding her bankruptcies or on-going civil suits were allowed. The station also had to make it clear that Casey was not being paid for the interview.

It was near the end of the short six minute interview where things took a strange turn. Sparks asked Anthony about her future plans. "I'd like to work with young mothers, I know the challenges they face and the hardships they have to overcome," Casey said. "I could also see myself getting involved with something like CMP, putting baby killers like Planned Parenthood out of business for good."

While National Report is a well-known fake news site, many readers were fooled by the above-quoted story when they encountered it on the fake news shill site Conservative Frontline (which is simply a front for spreading National Report's fake news stories):

National Report's disclaimer states that the site is a satirical (i.e., fake news) outlet:

National Report is a news and political satire web publication, which may or may not use real names, often in semi-real or mostly fictitious ways. All news articles contained within National Report are fiction, and presumably fake news. Any resemblance to the truth is purely coincidental. Advice given is NOT to be construed as professional. If you are in need of professional help, please consult a professional. National Report is not intended for children under the age of 18.

The National Report has previously published fake news stories concerning solar panels draining energy from the sun, marijuana shops accepting food stamps, and a city in Michigan implementing Shariah Law.

Last updated:      4 August 2015

Originally published:    4 August 2015

Dan Evon is a former writer for Snopes.