RealClear Satire: Social Media “Peeps” Fuel Surge of Fake News

KING OF PRUSSIA, PA—(Marketwired – January 16, 2017) – A satire writer says social media users are to blame for the recent surge of fake news.

To prove his point, Ken Kilpatrick, Editor–in–Chief of wrote a satirical blog entitled “Clinton: Trump will be a Great President.” Kilpatrick writes that Clinton states Trump “won the election fair and square” and urged supporters to “stop whining and start winning by acting as a united nation, not a divided menagerie.” Kilpatrick writes Clinton states the failure to eliminate the Electoral College 16 years ago cost her the election, “Not Comey.” “Not Russia.” “Not fake news.”

“One would think readers would become suspicious by the second paragraph,” Kilpatrick said. “However, RealClear Satire's Facebook page shows most people didn't read beyond the headline before commenting.”

And those are the readers Kilpatrick targeted. In his satire piece, he has “Clinton” point out that people trust headlines to tell the whole story while sharing blogs with their friends. She is also quoted as saying headline readers will post comments such as “I call B.S.!” or “Fake News!”

Kilpatrick then says Clinton addresses those who read past the headline. He said she said, “…a number will claim the article is fake news because they [don't] know the difference between satire, which is humor, and fake news which is meant to harm.”

Is it possible that people who only read headlines helped cost Clinton the election? Kilpatrick says she remarks, “Given Trump will govern a nation of simpletons, he will make a great president…he can only go up from here.”

In just two days, the blog attracted more than 1,000 hits on, and its Facebook page got approximately 570 emoticon hits, 320 comments and 90 shares.

And “Mrs. Clinton” was correct. Most commenters jumped in after reading only the headline, displaying their ignorance of the blog they either praised or condemned.

“People who comment on and share blogs they haven't completely read are creating a market for those who create fake news,” Kilpatrick said. “They are as guilty for spreading false information as those who intend harm.”

“The internet is too vast to legislate out fake news as Germany is trying to do,” Kilpatrick said. “The key to stopping fake news is to read past the headline. In so doing, angry voters might discover quality satire that can help lighten them up.”

About RealClear Satire:

RealClear Satire was created to poke fun at mainstream negative news while addressing serious issues through satire and other tools of humor.

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Hutchison China Meditech Limited: Sulfatinib Phase II Study in 2nd Line BTC in China

HONG KONG, CHINA—(Marketwired – Jan 16, 2017) – Hutchison China Meditech Limited (NASDAQ: HCM) (AIM: HCM)

Press Release

Chi–Med Initiates a Phase II Study of Sulfatinib in Second–line Biliary Tract Cancer in China

London: Monday, January 16, 2017: Hutchison China MediTech Limited (“Chi–Med”) (AIM/Nasdaq: HCM) today announces that it has initiated a Phase II study of sulfatinib in second–line biliary tract cancer (“BTC”) patients in China. Sulfatinib is an oral, novel angio–immunokinase inhibitor that selectively targets vascular endothelial growth factor receptor (“VEGFR”), fibroblast growth factor receptor (“FGFR”) and colony–stimulating factor–1 receptor (“CSF–1R”), three key tyrosine kinase receptors involved in tumor angiogenesis and immune evasion. The first drug dose was administered on January 9, 2017.

This Phase II study is a multi–center, single–arm, open–label study to evaluate the efficacy and safety of sulfatinib as a monotherapy in treating advanced or metastatic BTC patients who failed one prior systemic therapy. The primary endpoint is progression free survival (“PFS”) at 16 weeks, with secondary endpoints including objective response rate (“ORR”), disease control rate (“DCR”), duration of response, PFS, overall survival (“OS”) and safety. Additional details about this study may be found at, using identifier NCT02966821.

About BTC
BTC, also known as cholangiocarcinoma, is a heterogeneous group of rare but fatal malignancies arising from the biliary tract epithelia, including intrahepatic cholangiocarcinoma and extrahepatic cholangiocarcinoma. BTC is the second most frequently occurring type of liver cancer in the world, after hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC), accounting for approximately 15% of all liver cancer cases1. In 2017, there will be approximately 18,000 new BTC cases in the United States, according to the National Cancer Institute. However, in China, the incidence can be up to 40 times the rate observed in the Western world2.

Gemcitabine is the current first–line therapy for BTC patients, either as a monotherapy or in combination with cisplatin, and there is no established second–line therapy for this fatal disease worldwide. The median life expectancy is less than 12 months for patients with unresectable or metastatic disease at diagnosis. Accordingly, we see a high unmet medical need for new targeted treatment options.

[1] A Ananthakrishnan et al; Epidemiology of Primary and Secondary Liver Cancers; Semin Intervent Radiol. 2006 Mar; 23(1): 47–63.
[2] JA Bridgewater et al; Biliary Tract Cancer: Epidemiology, Radiotherapy, and Molecular Profiling; Am Soc Clin Oncol Educ Book. 2016;35:e194–203.

About Sulfatinib
Sulfatinib is an oral, novel angio–immunokinase inhibitor that selectively inhibits the tyrosine kinase activity associated with VEGFR, FGFR and CSF–1R, three key tyrosine kinase receptors involved in tumor angiogenesis and immune evasion. Inhibition of the VEGFR signaling pathway can act to stop angiogenesis, the growth of the vasculature around the tumor, and thereby starve the tumor of the nutrients and oxygen it needs to grow rapidly. Aberrant activation of the FGFR signaling pathway, which can be increased by anti–VEGFR therapy treatment, is shown to be associated with cancer progression by promoting tumor growth, angiogenesis and formation of the myeloid derived suppressor cells. Inhibition of the CSF–1R signaling pathway blocks the activation of tumor–associated macrophages, which are involved in suppressing immune responses against tumors.

In addition to the BTC trial, six sulfatinib clinical trials are underway in China and the United States, including two Phase III studies in neuroendocrine tumor patients (SANET–p and SANET–ep) and a Phase II study in thyroid cancer patients.

The SANET–p trial is a randomized, double–blind, placebo–controlled, multi–center, Phase III pivotal registration trial to treat about 190 pathologically low or intermediate grade pancreatic NET patients in China whose disease has progressed, locally advanced or distant metastasized and for whom there is no effective therapy. The primary endpoint is PFS, with secondary endpoints including ORR, DCR, duration of response, time to response and OS. Additional details of the SANET–p study may be found at, using identifier NCT02589821. The SANET–ep trial is similar to the SANET–p trial and is targeted at treating about 270 non–pancreatic NET patients in China. Additional details of the SANET–ep study may be found at, using identifier NCT02588170.

Chi–Med is conducting an open–label Phase II clinical trial to evaluate the efficacy and safety of sulfatinib in about 50 patients with locally advanced or metastatic radioactive iodine–refractory differentiated thyroid cancer or medullary thyroid cancer in China. The primary endpoint is ORR, with secondary endpoints including the safety and tolerability, DCR, time to response and PFS. Additional details of this study may be found at, using identifier NCT02614495.

About Chi–Med
Chi–Med is an innovative biopharmaceutical company which researches, develops, manufactures and sells pharmaceuticals and healthcare products. Its Innovation Platform, Hutchison MediPharma Limited, focuses on discovering and developing innovative therapeutics in oncology and autoimmune diseases for the global market. Its Commercial Platform manufactures, markets, and distributes prescription drugs and consumer health products in China.

Chi–Med is majority owned by the multinational conglomerate CK Hutchison Holdings Limited (SEHK: 0001). For more information, please visit: www.chi–

Forward–Looking Statements
This press release contains forward–looking statements within the meaning of the “safe harbor” provisions of the U.S. Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These forward–looking statements reflect Chi–Med's current expectations regarding future events, including its expectations for the clinical development of sulfatinib, plans to initiate clinical studies for sulfatinib, its expectations as to whether such studies would meet their primary or secondary endpoints, and its expectations as to the timing of the completion and the release of results from such studies. Forward–looking statements involve risks and uncertainties. Such risks and uncertainties include, among other things, assumptions regarding enrollment rates, timing and availability of subjects meeting a study's inclusion and exclusion criteria, changes to clinical protocols or regulatory requirements, unexpected adverse events or safety issues, the ability of drug candidate sulfatinib to meet the primary or secondary endpoint of a study, to obtain regulatory approval in different jurisdictions, to gain commercial acceptance after obtaining regulatory approval, the potential market of sulfatinib for a targeted indication and the sufficiency of funding. Existing and prospective investors are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward–looking statements, which speak only as of the date hereof. For further discussion of these and other risks, see Chi–Med's filings with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission and on AIM. Chi–Med undertakes no obligation to update or revise the information contained in this press release, whether as a result of new information, future events or circumstances or otherwise.


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