After Republican Elizabeth Lauten lost her job and probably her career this week after criticizing Malia and Sasha Obama without cause, someone decided to further target the President’s eldest daughter.
You would think that whoever made up the tall tale to further damage the Obama image with making up BS that 16-year-old Malia is pregnant would realize running your trap about the Obama daughters is bad news. Nope.
Written by Angela Baker, the article did appear on the news satire site Empire News which claimed the president’s eldest daughter is with child. Waffles at Noon, a kind of watchdog which verifies fake and real news, immediately pointed that the Empire article on Malia was a joke. One done in extremely poor taste if you ask me.
Many readers can be unaware that Empire News is a satire site somewhat like “The Onion”. What many of these lesser known websites generally count in their business model is creating a shocking story and hoping it goes viral to get clicks and advertising dollars. Empire News makes no secret that they are a satire site, but because of their relatively low-profile, ordinary browsers will see the news thinking it’s real.
Then without doubt, many other websites will rewrite the article, put on their own website for traffic, and there you have it. A full fledged internet rumor about a 16-year-old! Just type “Malia Obama pregant” into google if you don’t believe me.
If you want to shock people into looking at your content, this is how the Empire article did it. Empire claimed to have sources as saying that Malia is allegedly on her second trimester. It also quoted First Lady Michelle Obama that “teen pregnancy runs in the Obama clan”.
The quote reads: “On her father’s side of course. My mother-in-law had Barack when she was 18, so I see where Malia gets it from. I’m just so excited to decorate the nursery. The White House hasn’t seen a baby since oh, 1884 or so.”
The article went on to say said Malia is quiet about the identity of the baby’s father, but she was vocal about going to college after giving birth. Malia was quoted as saying, “It’s not like Stanford or Berkeley are going to, like, turn me down for being a teen mother. Hello, I’m the president’s daughter.”
This kind of garbage is the internet at its worst. That’s fine if you want to be a satire news site, some of them are pretty funny, but people are fully aware that the news is fake and just for fun.
It’s one thing to make up jokes about adults, it’s completely another thing and incredibly irresponsible to spread false rumors under the guise of satire about a 16-year-old girl. It’s disgusting, and hopefully the writer and editor will be fired immediately and an apology issued.
After all of the sudden attention, Empire has taken the article down but you can still find bits and pieces of it all over the web although I’m not sure why anyone would want to.