Cormac McCarthy Death Hoax Turned Into Clickbait By HollywoodLife

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Cormac McCarthy Death Hoax

By Shari Weiss |

Cormac McCarthy Death Hoax

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HollywoodLife really has no shame. The webloid proved it yet again by turning a death hoax about Cormac McCarthy into clickbait.

On Tuesday morning, it was falsely claimed that McCarthy had died. The untrue death report was sparked by a Twitter account impersonating publisher Alfred A. Knopf. The company quickly set the record straight, confirming the critically-acclaimed author was alive and well.

More than an hour after it was made clear McCarthy had not died, HollywoodLife published this headline: “Cormac McCarthy Dead? The Truth About ‘No Country For Old Men’ Author’s Death.” Whereas other outlets made clear right off the bat that the death rumor was untrue, the site chose to tease readers about the “truth.”

This is not a trivial matter. This is about a man, beloved by family and fans alike, and a 100 percent fabricated claim that he had died. But rather than treating such a topic with the forthrightness it deserved, the webloid wrote, “Cormac McCarthy… R.I.P? The legendary author of such books as ‘Blood Meridian,’ ‘The Road’ and ‘No Country for Old Men’ was reportedly dead from a stroke on June 28, but is Cormac really dead?”

The story continued, “One of the greatest voices in American literature has been silenced… or has it? Cormac McCarthy, the 82-year-old novelist and U.S. National Book Award winner, is supposedly dead. Yet, before fans start hugging their copies of All The Pretty Horses, this shocking cliffhanger may have a happy ending.”

It wasn’t until the third paragraph that HollywoodLies told readers, “Yes, Cormac is still alive. Phew!” This is not an isolated incident. In 2014, the site ran the headline, “Miley Cyrus: Is She Alive? Fans Freak Out.”

As Gossip Cop reported at the time, the accompanying piece included the teaser, “Miley Cyrus Dead — Fans Freak Out Over Shocking Overdose Claim,” and stated, “How upsetting. A shocking new report on social media claims that Miley Cyrus is dead. Could it be true?”

Clearly, HollywoodLife is more interested in exploiting such situations for traffic purposes than actually delivering the news that a major celebrity has not, in fact, died. At the end of its McCarthy report, the bad blog even had the nerve to write, “Are you glad that Cormac McCarthy’s not dead, HollywoodLifers? Are you relieved it was all a hoax?” Yes, everyone is glad and relived… no thanks to HollywoodLies.


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