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News Junkie Opinion: New study finds influence of bogus news outlets increasing

Barth Keck.

Barth Keck is an English teacher and assistant football coach who teaches courses in journalism, media literacy, and AP English Language & Composition at Haddam-Killingworth High School. 

Amid the many stories surrounding Hurricane Irma as it approached the United States last week were these inane and downright preposterous items:

• Approximately five hours before the storm surge turned Miami streets into rivers and knocked out power, Ann Coulter tweeted this: “HURRICANE UPDATE FROM MIAMI: LIGHT RAIN; RESIDENTS AT RISK OF DYING FROM BOREDOM.”

• Daytona Beach resident Ryon Edwards sarcastically posted this suggestion on his Facebook page before Irma hit: “YO SO THIS GOOFY LOOKING WINDY HEADASS NAMED IRMA SAID THEY PULLING UP ON US, LETS SHOW IRMA THAT WE SHOOT FIRST.”

Enough people were inspired to literally gun down the storm that the Pasco County Sheriff’s Office sent out this tweet: “To clarify, DO NOT shoot weapons @ #Irma. You won’t make it turn around & it will have very dangerous side effects.”

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