Towards the end of last month, a story began flooding the internet about a nuclear detonation in the South China Sea, that China purportedly had exploded one of their new tactical nukes.
Of course, it was nonsense, a bit of fake news from someone described by the Southern Poverty Law Center as a former federal convict and white supremacist named Hal Turner. Falsely attributed to military sources, the story appeared on Turner’s website and later on his nighttime AM radio show, and was picked up by others.
The next day, a Pentagon spokesperson called the claim a “silly fiction.”
Ironically, Putin’s Russia, the King of Fake News, was caught off guard and initially thought it was real.
But fake news doesn’t work that well on nuclear issues. Whether or not there was a nuclear explosion is one of those things that we can determine really easily and really quickly.