Fake News for the Week Ending September 20, 2019

Here’s what’s real about what’s fake this week:

  • Earlier this week President Donald J. Trump invoked “The Fake News” for claiming he would meet with Iran with no preconditions:

The Fake News is saying that I am willing to meet with Iran, ‘No Conditions.’ That is an incorrect statement (as usual!).

Except, of course, that Trump just days before said that he would meet with Iran with no preconditions. In fact, he (and his aides) said it multiple times. So the media reporting his exact words was not “fake news.” His claiming that he didn’t say something that he actually did was fake news. CNN tries to explain.

  • The BBC reports on how fake news and disinformation spread via social media affects that country’s ongoing anti-government protests
  • Have you seen this image on social media, purporting to show a shantytown in Los Angeles? It’s not. It’s actually a photo taken in 2015 of shacks built by “gypsies” in Paris, France. Not L.A., not 2019. Typically fake photo, debunked by PolitiFact.

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  • Here’s another fun photo circulating on social media, purporting to show a shark jumping out of the water to attack a parasailer. It ain’t real, it’s Photoshopped. Snopes does the debunking.

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