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Nobel Peace Lies

Published Sep 14, 2015


FACT CHECK   Was President Obama chosen for a second Nobel Peace Prize?

Claim:   President Obama has been awarded a second Nobel Peace Prize.


Example:    [Collected via e-mail and Twitter, September 2015]

Several Internet sites are reporting President Obama has been awarded a second Nobel Peace Prize, to be given in an October ceremony this year. Is this true?

Origins:   On 11 September 2015 multiple web sites published an article titled "Obama to Receive Second Nobel Peace Prize," which claimed:

The Norwegian Nobel Committee, based in Oslo Norway, announced yesterday the name of their laureate for the 2015 Nobel Prize for Peace. President Barack Hussain Obama is their selection for this years prestigious award. With the Nobel Institutes selection, President Obama becomes the third man ever to win a Nobel Prize more than one time.

The peace prize will be awarded to President Obama on October the tenth of this year at the Nobel Institute’s Oslo headquarters. President Obama has expressed his gratitude to the Nobel Committee for their consideration of him as a laureate. He has subsequently pledged to donate the cash portion of the annual Nobel Prize to several charities that serve the domestic United States.

While the article in question was originally published by the fake news site National Report on 28 June 2015, it didn't begin circulating in earnest until it was mirrored by their shill site, usatoday.com.co, on 11 September 2015. Many social media users are aware that National Report is fake news, and Facebook introduced algorithms in January 2015 to minimize the spread false information (rendering National Report and other large hoax sites virtually invisible on the platform). Consequently, the outlet began impersonating well known news sites such as USA Today, the Washington Post, and the New York Times in an effort to circumvent those restrictions.

Content on that site is subject to National Report's disclaimer:

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.

Last updated:    14 September 2015

First published:    14 September 2015

Kim LaCapria is a former writer for Snopes.