‘The Gorilla Channel’ Being Watched By Donald Trump Is A Fake Excerpt From ‘Fire And Fury’

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Michael Wolff writing in his book “Fire and Fury” that White House aides created a fake “Gorilla Channel” in order to satisfy the viewing habits of President Donald Trump is a fake excerpt. There is no truth behind a viral fake excerpt suggesting that Trump spends much of his days watching a “Gorilla Channel.”

Where did this fake excerpt originate? Twitter user PixelatedBoat shared a fake passage in which White House aides allegedly confessed that they had created a “Gorilla Channel” in order to please Trump.

The fake tale depicts Trump in his first night at the White House, angry because he can’t find the channel, which plays exclusively “gorilla-based content.” Trump’s staff scrambled to provide an alternative of gorilla documentaries spliced together, but it didn’t suffice because “the gorillas aren’t fighting,” the fictional Trump said. After his aides edited the “boring” stuff out, Trump watched for 17 hours straight some days.

However, this excerpt is a fake and was mixed up with real excerpts from Michael Wolff’s bombshell book Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House. While that book contains many stories that look to make Trump appear foolish and bad, there is no truth that the president watches a fake “Gorilla Channel.”

Plenty of people believed the tweet, which got over 51,000 likes and was retweeted over 16,000 times. Notably, liberal author Eric Garland, who is often the butt of many Twitter jokes from journalists, took the gorilla channel hoax at face value.

Garland and other verified users acknowledged their mistakes once they figured out the tale was fake.

Some pointed out that people believing the clearly ridiculous excerpt as an example of liberal bias in the media.

Others were critical, saying the joke did more to reinforce partisan divides.

@PixelatedBoat is best known for creating the internet phraseMilkshake Duck,” which refers to a beloved entity that the Internet quickly turns on and devours after damaging information about it is revealed; they frequently post humorous and obviously satirically content on their feed.

Snopes noted that PixelatedBoat’s “Gorilla Channel” joke is reminiscent of the fake transcripts between President Bill Clinton and Prime Minister Tony Blair that were created by comedian Michael Spicer. In case you were curious, Bill Clinton never said that he punches slabs of ham to work through his frustrations.

What did you think of the fake excerpt that Trump watches the “Gorilla Channel”? Did you believe the fake excerpt or see people sharing it falsely on social media? Let us know in the comments section.

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