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Reporter Baxter Dimitri Kidnapped By Russian Deep State Aliens On Orders From Pope Francis

  • by: Maarten Schenk
  • (Sun, 01 Apr 2018 17:00:13 Z)

Reports indicate intrepid reporter and truth-teller Baxter Dimitri from the always reliable legitimate news website YourNewsWire was kidnapped today by Russian Deep State Aliens on direct orders from the Vatican. According to these reports Pope Francis has ordered a secret cabal of big pharma supporting doctors to make sure Dimitri is injected with a mind control vaccine to stop him from exposing the truth about his ties with Vladimir Putin.

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Pictured: our reporter explaining the secret plan he uncovered.

Although we can't show you these reports because they are secret we can assure you the don't consist of copy-pasted quotes from tabloid articles that we added sensationalized headlines to.

Screenshot of http://yournewswire.com/author/baxter/

Yeah, no, that didn't really happen as you probably guessed by now.

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About the author:

Maarten Schenk is our resident expert on fake news and hoax websites. He likes to go beyond just debunking trending fake news stories and is endlessly fascinated by the dazzling variety of psychological and technical tricks used by the people and networks who intentionally spread made-up things on the internet.  He can often be found at conferences and events about fake news, disinformation and fact checking when he is not in his office in Belgium monitoring and tracking the latest fake article to go viral.

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