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Sid Miller

stated on June 25, 2023 in a Facebook post:

Garth Brooks played to a “half-empty arena” in Illinois.

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Host Garth Brooks speaks at the 58th annual Academy of Country Music Awards on Thursday, May 11, 2023, at the Ford Center in Frisco, Texas. (AP)

By Sofia Bliss-CarrascosaJune 30, 2023

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  • This story originated on The Dunning-Kruger Times, a website that publishes what it describes as satirical articles.

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Country music star Garth Brooks may sing about beer chasing his blues away, but did his support for Anheuser Busch chase hordes of his fans away?

That’s what one headline on a satirical website said. "Typically Sold-Out Garth Brooks Plays to a Half-Empty Arena: ‘It Was Embarrassing,’" read the Dunning-Kruger Times story published in late June.

Texas Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller shared the story June 25 with his Facebook followers as though it were legitimate news, with the caption: "OMGosh! This is EPIC! America SPEAKS! WOW!"

"Good! He deserves it," one commenter responded.

"Hopefully lesson learned," wrote another.

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This was not the only Dunning-Kruger Times article about Brooks that caught politicians’ attention. On June 25, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott tweeted a Dunning-Kruger article about Brooks allegedly being booed off a Texas stage, as if it were a real news story. Abbott appeared to realize his mistake and quickly deleted the tweet.

To people familiar with America’s Last Line of Defense, a network of sites known for producing content that is often shared as misinformation, the Dunning-Kruger Times url may have been tipoff enough that this was intended as parody.

On its About Us page, the website says, "Dunning-Kruger-Times.com is a subsidiary of the ‘America’s Last Line of Defense’ network of parody, satire, and tomfoolery, or as Snopes called it before they lost their war on satire: Junk News." At the bottom of every webpage, it describes itself as "Paid Liberal Trolls of America."

A click on the link was another giveaway.

Brooks, the piece said, played at "Geico Memorial Arena in Jostenberg, Illinois," and was considering canceling an upcoming date at "Haremfeather Norfolk Amphitheater in East Chicago."

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stated on May 28, 2024 in an Instagram post

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled in May that “Texas SB-4 law is constitutional.”

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Neither are real venues, as the story acknowledges: "Considering there’s a good chance that town doesn’t exist, will they miss me?" Brooks is quoted as saying.

The parody and fictionalized outrage refer to Anheuser-Busch’s partnership with transgender social media influencer Dylan Mulvaney.

Mulvaney is known for documenting her gender transition on TikTok, where she has nearly 11 million followers. In April, she announced a Bud Light contest on her Instagram account during the NCAA basketball tournament.

Bud Light has since faced calls for boycotts, including by singers Travis Tritt and Kid Rock.

Brooks, meanwhile, is a longtime proponent of LGBTQ+ rights. In mid-June, he said that he planned to sell "every brand of beer" at a bar he is opening in Nashville, Tennessee.

Brooks’ hasn’t had a scheduled performance since he made that announcement. His remaining 2023 concerts are all in Las Vegas, where he's doing a residency at Caesars Palace.

Miller did not respond to PolitiFact’s requests for comment. But after PolitiFact reached out to his team June 29, Miller corrected the post, adding the line, "(This is a satirical post folks! Watch this come true, most Garth fans ain't woke!)"

The claim that Brooks recently played to a half-empty arena in Illinois was fabricated. We rate it Pants on Fire!

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Dunning-Kruger Times, Typically Sold-Out Garth Brooks Plays to a Half-Empty Arena: "It Was Embarrassing", accessed June 29, 2023

Sid Miller, Original Facebook post, June 25, 2023

Sid Miller, Corrected Facebook post, June 25, 2023

The Associated Press, A story about Garth Brooks getting ‘booed off stage’ was made up. It duped the Texas governor, June 27, 2023

Social media user, Tweet, June 25, 2023

PolitiFact, If you're fooled by fake news, this man probably wrote it, May 31, 2017

Dunning-Kruger Times, About Us, accessed June 29, 2023

PolitiFact, Anheuser-Busch isn’t closing half its breweries. Those claims stem from a satirical website., May 1, 2023

USA TODAY, Garth Brooks threatened with boycott for comments amid Bud Light, Dylan Mulvaney controversy, updated June 12, 2023

Billboard, Garth Brooks On How His Nashville Bar Will ‘Serve Every Brand Of Beer’, June 7, 2023

TicketMaster, Garth Brooks Tickets, 2023 Concert Tour Dates, accessed June 30, 2023

The New York Times, Behind the Backlash Against Bud Light, June 14, 2023

Forbes, Garth Brooks Draws Conservative Anger For Pledging To Sell All Beers—Including Boycotted Bud Light—At New Nashville Bar, June 12, 2023

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stated on July 3, 2023 in a video.:

“French President Macron has declared a total ban on social media reporting of events in France.”

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stated on July 5, 2023 in a chyron:

Gender Queer on NEA Summer Reading List for Kids.

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Facebook posts

stated on July 4, 2023 in a Facebook video.:

President Joe Biden died and Vice President Kamala Harris was sworn into office.

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Sid Miller

stated on June 25, 2023 in a Facebook post:

Garth Brooks played to a “half-empty arena” in Illinois.

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Vivek Ramaswamy

stated on June 18, 2023 in an interview with "Fox News Sunday":

“Young Americans across this country are no longer proud to be American.”

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Joe Biden

stated on June 14, 2023 in a speech:

"We have plans to build a railroad from the Pacific all the way across the Indian Ocean."

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Was Garth Brooks ghosted by Illinois fans over his pro-LGBTQ+ stance? No. That story is satirical.

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    stated on June 12, 2024 in an Instagram post:

    Video shows “U.S. Navy deploys in Miami due to Russian warships 6/12.”

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    Social Media

    stated on June 13, 2024 in in social media posts:

    Video shows Biden wandered off from world leaders at G7 skydiving event.

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    stated on June 12, 2024 in an Instagram post:

    Ancestry.com proves President Joe Biden “is not real.”

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    stated on June 8, 2024 in a Threads post:

    “Trump can’t be on the Texas ballot because of our state constitution.”

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    stated on April 15, 2024 in X, formerly Twitter:

    Says Gov. Tony Evers is asking the GOP to release money for PFAS, but "vetoed (a bill outlining) how to spend the money."

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    stated on June 9, 2024 in a post:

    Pittsburgh Steelers coach “directs team to not participate in pride month” calling it "woke crap"

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    stated on June 11, 2024 in a Threads post:

    "A MAGA fan in Iowa accidentally burned down his house today trying to burn a gay pride flag.”

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    stated on June 11, 2024 in a Facebook post:

    Fox News reported that the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services “formally endorses Barbara O’Neill’s ‘US without diabetes’ initiative.”

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    stated on June 11, 2024 in in X posts:

    Hunter Biden’s trial and conviction were contrived to divert attention from Biden family crimes.

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    Democratic Legislative Campaign Committee

    stated on June 5, 2024 in News release:

    Republican legislatures “have targeted birth control” and in Wisconsin “refused to schedule a vote on a bill that would have codified a right to birth control.”

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