Fake News: Trump Never Threatened to Sue Parody Cat WebsiteChris Menahan
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Dozens of major news organizations ran with a viral fake news story yesterday claiming Donald Trump sent a cease and desist to a parody cat website.
A "17-year-old girl" referred to only as "Lucy" told fake news reporter Sage Lazzaro at The New York Observer that Donald Trump's lawyers demand she take down a fun website where users can "scratch" Donald Trump's face with cat paws.
She claimed the site was named "Trump Scratch" and said she took it down due to the C&D but put it back up at "KittenFeed.com."
The TrumpScratch site now redirects to a porn site and if you visit KittenFeed, it autoplays Rick Astley's "Never Gonna Give You Up," signifying it's an elaborate troll.
The fake news story was picked up by The Hollywood Reporter, Fox News, The Daily Mail, Teen Vogue, New York Magazine, The Telegraph and many others.
The Hollywood Reporter corrected their article and now admits it was fake:
The Trump Organization is saying its top lawyer did not send a cease-and-desist letter to the creator of a cat website that allows visitors to scratch at photos of President Donald Trump's head.
The New York Observer has yet to correct their article, though they did publish an "Update" at the bottom defending their fake news reporting.
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