Cam Harris who was at the center of a fake news storm involving the presidential election has been fired from his job as a Maryland legislative aide and apologized for his actions late Wednesday after the New York Times published his confessions.
Harris’ story was shared over 6 million times and was titled “BREAKING: ‘Tens of thousands’ of fraudulent Clinton votes found in Ohio warehouse.”
Maryland lawmaker David Vogt III, R-Frederick, told The Washington Post he terminated Harris “On the spot” after learning he was the mastermind behind the fake news.
Harris said to the New York Times, “It catered to predispositions that Americans already held, and while fake news has been widely discussed, the dynamics behind it have largely been ignored. Whether fake news remains prevalent or not, our nation cannot move forward from such a divisive election cycle if we continue to seek comfort in our own beliefs and refuse to challenge our personal world views.”
“I had a theory when I sat down to write it,” Harris told The Times. “Given the severe distrust of the media among Trump supporters, anything that parroted Trump’s talking points people would click. Trump was saying ‘rigged election, rigged election.’ People were predisposed to believe Hillary Clinton could not win except by cheating.”
Harris shared a tweet of his New York Times apology.
— Cam Harris (@camharris_us) January 19, 2017
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