Hoax reports by multiple right-wing conspiracy theory blogs that Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton has died went viral online late last night (September 12), with the search terms "Hillary Clinton Death" rising briefly on Google Trends. According to the hoax reports, Clinton's death was announced on WABC-TV Channel 7's Eyewitness News at 11 p.m. EST on September 11, with anchorman Joe Torre allegedly saying, "More on Hillary Clinton's death."
An alleged recording of the ABC News segment showing Joe Torre saying "more on Hillary Death" was uploaded to several YouTube channels on September 12. The Alex Jones YouTube channel also uploaded a copy of the suspiciously poor quality clip late on September 12, and it went viral immediately.
Infowars said its reporter Own Shroyer contacted ABC News about the unlikely video clip, but the news station apparently ignored the inquiry.
"Was this a prank in the office, a mistake made by someone on the teleprompter, or perhaps a report that wasn't yet supposed to be released?"