A news report circulating online claims that President Obama is using a “little known provision of the law” to open free gas stations in poor neighborhoods. Is this story true or false?
This article was published by The Daily Currant, a satirical website. In a post dated October 29, 2013 which is entitled Government Opening Free Gas Stations in Poor Neighborhoods, we read the fictional explanation allegedly published by The Detroit News that the first free gas station has already opened in Detroit.
“It’s not something we’re publicizing very much, for obvious reasons,” explains Dori Salcido, assistant DHS secretary for public affairs. “But under the law we are well within our rights to offer this service, and we think it’s good public policy.
“How are people supposed to get to the doctor’s office if they don’t have gas in their cars? Health insurance is worthless if you can’t make your appointment. This is just another fine example of government stepping in and solving big problems.”
While most readers are aware that The Daily Currant is humorous, some not familiar with the satirical nature of the website have shared the article with the belief that it’s real.
The “About” page on The Daily Currant clearly states that the contents are works of fiction:
Q. Are your news stories real?
A. No. Our stories are purely fictional. However they are meant to address real-world issues through satire and often refer and link to real events happening in the world.
There are no free gas stations opening in poor neighborhoods. The article is a work of fiction from the satirical website The Daily Currant.
Government Opening Free Gas Stations in Poor Neighborhoods (The Daily Currant: October 29, 2013)