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.
Wow, this extract from Wolff’s book is a shocking insight into Trump’s mind: pic.twitter.com/1ZecclggSa
— the gorilla channel thing is a joke (@pixelatedboat) January 5, 2018
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.
I can’t believe people are actually falling for the gorilla channel thing pic.twitter.com/XuBeSXMmBC
— Will Sommer (@willsommer) January 5, 2018
Garland and other verified users acknowledged their mistakes once they figured out the tale was fake.
Dammit guys, I got totally punked on the Gorilla Channel thing – but when you’ve already gotten to “eating KFC in bed,” I mean, we’re through the looking glass.
Thanks to all who called me out. We keep it clean and Deza-free at Game Theory HQ. 😀
— Eric Garland (@ericgarland) January 5, 2018
Thank you to everyone who’s pointing out that the gorilla channel story is not true—it’s from a parody site, not Michael Wolff’s book.
— Touré (@Toure) January 5, 2018
Some pointed out that people believing the clearly ridiculous excerpt as an example of liberal bias in the media.
Thousands of liberal idiots retweeted a joke tweet that claimed Trump watches a fake TV channel called the “Gorilla Channel” all day. They all believed it was real and are tweeting about how crazy it is that Trump watches it. Liberalism really is a mental disorder. 😂
— Makada 🇺🇸 (@_Makada_) January 5, 2018
— C. Griffin 🇺🇸 (@C__Griffin) January 5, 2018
Others were critical, saying the joke did more to reinforce partisan divides.
Don’t tweet screenshots of fake text (of book excerpts, court transcripts, etc) even as a joke.
You’re making things worse.
The jokes just don’t work in a partisan-echo-chamber-feed world where everything is divorced from context and authorship.
Also they’re not funny
— Farhad Manjoo (feat. Drake) (@fmanjoo) January 5, 2018
@PixelatedBoat is best known for creating the internet phrase “Milkshake 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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