Fake news writer proud of his work

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Paul Horner has been writing so-called "fake news" for the past six years. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5) Paul Horner has been writing so-called "fake news" for the past six years. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)
"There (are) no things that weigh heavy on my conscience," Horner said. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5) "There (are) no things that weigh heavy on my conscience," Horner said. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)
Eric Trump was fooled by one of Horner's stories. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5) Eric Trump was fooled by one of Horner's stories. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)
PHOENIX (3TV/CBS 5) -

As the president continues to call out "fake news" this week, one Phoenix writer says he's proud of his made-up stories that he claims put Donald Trump in the White House.

Paul Horner, who's been writing so-called "fake news" for the past six years, said Wednesday that his stories are no more misleading that the mainstream media.

"It's an agenda. I think everything out there has an agenda and everything is fake news," Horner said.

He says all of his stories include disclaimers at the bottom of the story, letting readers know it is fake.

During the presidential campaign, Horner authored numerous stories that he describes as satire, but tens of thousands of people believed they were legitimate.

This includes the president's son, Eric Trump, who retweeted one of Horner's fictions about protesters getting paid to demonstrate against his father.

"I don't think my stories are anything like yelling fire in a crowded theater. I don't think they're anything like that. I'm proud of everything I write. I like the humor and satire," Horner said. 

Horner also says he has no regrets with what he's written, even as many now worry that the rise of fake news makes it harder to separate fact from fiction.  

"There (are) no things that weigh heavy on my conscience," Horner said.

[RELATED: Fake news writer 'regrets' taking credit for Trump victory]

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Before making the move to television, Welch wrote and edited for the Arizona Guardian, a highly influential online news site dedicated to Arizona politics and government where he served as owner and editor. During his Guardian days, Welch was a frequent guest on “Politics Unplugged” and has been a regular fixture on the state political landscape since 2005 appearing on numerous radio and television talk shows. “I am thrilled to start working with such a talented and dedicated staff of journalists,” said Welch. “This is a great opportunity to broaden the reach of my political coverage and tell stories that affect Arizona voters and their families.” With more than 13 years of experience under his belt, Welch’s arrival only strengthens 3TV’s commitment to providing first-rate political and government coverage across all platforms. When not covering politics, Welch is an avid runner and fronts a punk rock band that plays frequently throughout the Southwest and California. Welch is a well-respected political expert in Arizona and his addition means 3TV will provide a stronger, more robust political presence in Arizona. He joins 3TV from the Arizona Guardian, a highly influential online news site dedicated to Arizona politics and government where he served as owner and editor. During his Guardian days, Welch was a frequent guest on “Politics Unplugged” and has been a regular fixture on the state political landscape since 2005 appearing on numerous radio and television talk shows. “I am thrilled to start working with such a talented and dedicated staff of journalists,” said Welch. “This is a great opportunity to broaden the reach of my political coverage and tell stories that affect Arizona voters and their families.” With more than 13 years of experience under his belt, Welch’s arrival only strengthens 3TV’s commitment to providing first-rate political and government coverage across all platforms. When not covering politics, Welch is an avid runner and fronts a punk rock band that plays frequently throughout the Southwest and California.

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