Claim: TV actress and present Whoopi Goldberg said “these military widows love their 15 minutes in the spotlight” when referring to Carryn Owens, the widow of a Navy SEAL who was killed in Yemen in 2017.
Originated from: UndergroundNewsReport.com
Date(s) active: Mar 2017
Claims that actress Whoopi Goldberg referred to Carryn Owens as a military widow looking for her 15 minutes in the spotlight are spreading across the Internet. Most popularly the rumours are spreading through a graphic being disseminated across Facebook and Twitter. Carryn Owens was the widow of a Navy SEAL who was killed in action in Yemen who Donald Trump honoured in a February speech to Congress.
The rumours first started on a website named The Underground Report (UndergroundNewsReport.com) that claimed in part –
Whoopi Goldberg is in hot water after comments she made Wednesday regarding the Navy SEAL widow that was honored last night during President Donald Trump’s historical speech.
“She was just looking for attention. These military widows love their 15 minutes in the spotlight”, Goldberg said.
However the story appears to be false. There is no record of Goldberg ever making such a statement.
The website that originally published the story, The Underground Report, identifies itself as a political and news satirical website as per its disclaimer –
Underground News Report is a news and political satire web publication, which may or may not use real names, often in semi-real or mostly fictitious ways. All news articles contained within Undergroundnewsreport.com are fiction, and presumably fake news.
Despite this disclaimer, many took the article seriously, leading to Whoopi Goldberg having to post from her social media account the following message –
The original story was posted by a self-proclaimed “news and political satire” site which includes a disclaimer saying their stories “are fiction, and presumably fake news.”
The author of the website UndergroundNewsReport.com also stated that despite making up outlandish and crazy headlines, the site still received 1 million visits inside a week.
The story is fake.