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Oprah Winfrey did not buy BET for $800 million and pledge to make it "for black people again."

Published Nov 4, 2015


[green-label]Claim:[/green-label] Oprah Winfrey purchased the television channel BET for $800 million dollars, pledging to make it "for black people again."


[green-label]Example:[/green-label][green-small][Collected via Twitter, November 2015][/green-small]

[green-label]Origins:[/green-label] On 3 November 2015, the web site Cream BMP Daily published an article titled "Oprah Buys B.E.T. for $800 Million Cash — Promises To Make It for Black People Again," claiming:

“B.E.T. once represented black excellence and I plan to put it back where it belongs” Said the multimedia billionaire Oprah Winfrey about her purchase. Oprah bought B.E.T. for $800 million in cash on Monday and plans on folding the network into her Own television network.

While the article's claims spread quickly on Twitter, there was no truth to the story. At the very bottom of the page, a footer statement explained:

CreamBmp is the number one humor and satire writer in the world. (All Fake)

Clearly satirical content hosted on the site alongside the fabrication about Winfrey's BET purchase included a posts like "Donald Trump on N.W.A. 'They Not the Only N***as With Attitudes I Know,'" "Raven Symone Say's [sic] 'I'd Accept a Letter to Join 'KKK,'" and "Rick Ross Calls Off Engagement Because Fiancee Didn't Like Lemon Pepper Wings."

[green-label]Last updated:[/green-label] 4 November 2015

[green-label]Originally published:[/green-label] 4 November 2015

Kim LaCapria is a former writer for Snopes.

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