El Chapo and his war on ISIS turns out to be a hoax, forcing major international news outlets to correct their story that Joaquín Archivaldo Guzmán Loera, aka “El Chapo,” threatened ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi over a Mexican drug shipment that was destroyed by ISIS in the Middle East.
Thursday’s exciting news by the Washington Times that El Chapo was at war with ISIS turned into quite disappointing news on Friday when the Washington Times wrote an update to the news story: “A story in Thursday’s Washington Times saying that Joaquin Guzman, the Mexican fugitive drug trafficker known as ‘El Chapo,’ threatened the leader of the Islamic State, is apparently a hoax that was originally picked up by a site that reports on cartel news.”
The Washington Times is not the only news outlet that had to change Thursday’s report. On Friday, Fox News Latino had to write a similar correction: “This story was updated on Dec. 11 to reflect that writer Steve Charnock says that the El Chapo vs. ISIS story was a hoax.”
Steve Charnock published the story of El Chapo’s war on ISIS on November 30 on the website ThugLife.com. Despite the fact that next to the word “News” the word “Satire” appears, the story was picked up by international news outlets in no time and the satirical news became real.
What made ThugLife’s story immensely believable was the detailed background provided in the report:
“The Sinaloa Cartel, The Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) and Los Zetas are the three main cartels moving drugs across Mexico and the rest of the world. Recently, all three had expanded their operations to the Middle East, where demand for party drugs like cocaine and MDMA has grown among oil rich princes and businessman.”
What made ThugLife’s satirical news story even more credible was the detailed information about the encrypted email that was sent to the ISIS leader via El Chapo’s son and which was then leaked to a Mexican blogger who has close ties with Sinaloa cartel members:
“You [ISIS] are not soldiers. You are nothing but lowly p*ssies. Your god cannot save you from the true terror that my men will levy at you if you continue to impact my operation.”
“My men will destroy you. The world is not yours to dictate. I pity the next son of a wh*re that tries to interfere with the business of the Sinaloa Cartel. I will have their heart and tongue torn from them.”
El Chapo escaped from a Mexican prison earlier this year and is still hiding from Mexican authorities. His encrypted email was allegedly sent to the ISIS leader via his son. The news that El Chapo and his war on ISIS is a hoax fooled major international news outlets and disappointed millions of readers who had hoped that the fugitive head of the Sinaloa Cartel would be able to accomplish what the U.S. government has failed to do –to make good on the threat to destroy ISIS – and “have their heart and tongue torn from them.”