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Were President Donald Trump's Sons Detained at Vancouver Airport over Ties with a Fascist Dictator?

An article about Trump's sons being detained by Canada over their ties with a fascist regime originated from a satire web site.

Published Mar 1, 2017

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President Trump's sons were detained at a Canadian airport due to their alleged ties to a "fascist dictator."

On 28 February 2017, satirical web site the Burrard Street Journal published an article appearing to report that two of President Donald Trump's sons were detained at an airport in Canada over ties to a fascist regime:

The two sons of a former American billionaire, had flown to the pacific northwest for the unveiling of the new Trump tower in Downtown Vancouver.

However upon arrival the brothers were reportedly selected for random inspection by the Canadian Border Services Agency and ultimately detained under suspicion that they may be connected to an oppressive regime in a foreign nation.

Both the Burrard Street Journal's About and its Disclaimer page warn that the site is satirical, but readers must scroll all the way to the bottom right corner of the homepage to find links to these explanations. Neither page is included in the top navigation bar. The About page reads, in part:

The Burrard Street Journal is a sometimes funny Canadian satire, parody and comedy news website based in Vancouver, BC. All articles, videos and images are fictitious and occasionally intended to be humourous. For more information please see our disclaimer at the bottom of the page.

To read the long-winded disclaimer, readers must navigate to another page.

The subheading under the site's logo simply says "Breaking News." The only visible indication on the homepage that the site is satire is the logo at the bottom:

Kim LaCapria is a former writer for Snopes.