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News or Noise: Did bakeries refuse to make pro-Trump cake for 9-year-old boy?

August 09, 2017 11:45 PM

In News or Noise, Jennifer Mobilia sorts through stories posted on social media and works to determine if they are real or not.

If you have a 9-year-old, or remember being a 9-year-old, you know if you're throwing a birthday party, the cake is a big deal.

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A story went viral on social media claiming that a mother in California couldn't find a baker willing to make her son a pro-Trump birthday cake. But is this news or noise?

You might have heard about "Pickle", a young boy that made national headlines after his letter to President Donald Trump was read at a White House press briefing in July. 

In his letter, "Pickle" said: "You are my favorite President. I had a birthday about you.  My cake was in the shape of your hat."

After the letter was read at the press briefing, journalists scrambled to verify its authenticity. The next day, the Washington Post confirmed the little boy who goes by "Pickle" is actually Dylan Harbin from California and he really did write this letter to the president.

The Washington Post also learned that when Pickle asked for his birthday cake to be a Donald Trump "Make America Great Again" hat, his mother had to make one herself because she couldn't find a bakery willing and able to do it.

Although no lawsuit has been filed in this case, it's being compared to a case involving a Christian bakery in Colorado that refused to make a wedding cake for a same-sex couple. That case is being heard this fall by the U.S. Supreme Court.

As for Pickle, his mom SueAnn saved his birthday by making the cake herself. This story is NEWS.

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Jennifer Mobilia

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