Can you believe this stuff? Here’s what’s up this week:
- There’s lots of hubbub around the killing of ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, with right-wingers claiming the mainstream media too easily dismissed it. This led to this meme that claims that CNN reported the killing as “Trump Killed Unarmed Father of Three.” Well, CNN didn’t say that at all, it’s all fake including a fake screenshot of a fake chyron), as debunked by our friends at Snopes.com.
- Speaking of the late al-Baghdadi, it is not true that he was once in U.S. custody and released in 2009 by Democratic President Barack Obama, as another social media meme claims. Well, it’s half-true. Al-Baghdadi was once in U.S. custody, but he was released in 2004, under Republican President George W. Bush. FactCheck.org provides the fact checking.
- Here’s another meme circulating on social media, also fake. No, Olive Garden is not funding President Trump’s 2020 re-election campaign, that’s fake, so you can continue availing yourself of those wonderful unlimited breadsticks. Politifacts debunks this one.
- Finally, NPR just posted a useful guide on how to spot misinformation. Read it and share it.