Country singer Jason Aldean refused a $1 million paycheck to sing the national anthem at the Super Bowl, adding, "I'll do it for free."
On Aug. 27, 2023, the Dunning-Kruger Times website published an article positing that country singer Jason Aldean had refused a $1 million paycheck to sing the national anthem at the Super Bowl.
The article began as follows:
Jason Aldean Refuses $1M Paycheck To Sing The National Anthem at the Super Bowl: "I'll Do It For Free"
Jason Aldean was offered $1 million for just 3 minutes of his time — but he turned it down. According to a report, Aldean said he will definitely sing the National Anthem at next year's Super Bowl, but he won't take a dime to do it.
"I'll do it for free," Aldean said, adding that anyone who would take money for singing that song is un-American.
Any users who continued to read the article to the end would have found several hints that the story was satirical in nature. One paragraph in particular provided a very big hint with a quote from a made-up person with the humorous name, "Tara Newhole":
"What we have here is a case of mistaken satirical identity," said Newhole, "First, the dumb stories about Jason Aldean happened, then came Anthony Oliver. This story seems to be a stolen version of an idea initially stolen from a stolen version of that concept, making the whole thing very difficult to follow."
Lead Stories also filed a fact check on this satirical story.
For background, here is why we sometimes write about satire/humor.
Lee, Marlo. "Fact Check: NO Evidence Jason Aldean Refused $1M To Sing National Anthem At Super Bowl -- Claim Comes From A Satirical Website." Lead Stories, 28 Aug. 2023, https://leadstories.com/hoax-alert/2023/08/fact-check-no-evidence-jason-aldean-refuses-1m-paycheck-to-sing-national-anthem-at-super-bowl.html.
Mikkelson, David. "Why We Include Humor and Satire in Snopes.com." Snopes, 15 Aug. 2019, https://www.snopes.com/notes/why-we-include-humor-and-satire-in-snopes-com/.