A look at what didn’t hap­pen this week


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A roundup of some of the most pop­u­lar but com­pletely un­true sto­ries and vi­su­als of the week. None of these is le­git, even though they were shared widely on so­cial me­dia. The Associated Press checked these out. Here are the real facts:

Not Real: Food Fight! Jailbird Bill Cosby Slapped With Chicken Patty In Prison

The Facts: Co­me­dian Bill Cosby, now in­mate No. NN7687 in a Penn­syl­va­nia prison, was not slapped with a chicken patty or a hot dog bun dur­ing food fights, de­spite sto­ries cir­cu­lat­ing on­line. Re­ports claim­ing in­mates were throw­ing food at the 81-year-old Cosby be­gan cir­cu­lat­ing on on­line news sites and so­cial me­dia soon af­ter he was sent to prison for sex­ual as­sault. He was sen­tenced to three-to-10 years in prison Sept. 25, af­ter be­ing con­victed of drug­ging and sex­u­ally as­sault­ing a woman at his gated es­tate in 2004. Penn­syl­va­nia De­part­ment of Corrections spokes­woman Amy Wor­den told The Associated Press that Cosby had not been in­volved in any food fights since his in­car­cer­a­tion. And, she noted, he does not eat in the main din­ing room with other in­mates.

Not Real: Texas Demo­crat Slapped With Fed­eral Charges – Com­pletely De­stroys His 2018 Race

The Facts: Demo­cratic Con­gress­man Beto O’Rourke of Texas, who is run­ning against Repub­li­can Sen. Ted Cruz for a Se­nate seat, has not been charged with fed­eral cam­paign fi­nance vi­o­la­tions as sug­gested in claims cir­cu­lat­ing on­line. The claims stem from a let­ter the Fed­eral Elec­tion Com­mis­sion sent the O’Rourke cam­paign, dated Sept. 30, that iden­ti­fied po­ten­tially “ex­ces­sive, pro­hib­ited and im­per­mis­si­ble” con­tri­bu­tions from sup­port­ers. O’Rourke raised nearly $24 mil­lion through the first half of 2018 in his chal­lenge against Cruz, de­fy­ing ex­pec­ta­tions and mak­ing the Se­nate race one of the most ex­pen­sive of the midterm elec­tions. Claims on so­cial me­dia have mis­char­ac­ter­ized the let­ter to sug­gest O’Rourke had been “slapped with fed­eral charges” that will de­rail his can­di­dacy. How­ever, the FEC said it rou­tinely sends sim­i­lar let­ters to po­lit­i­cal cam­paigns and the no­tices carry no civil or crim­i­nal penal­ties. Cruz’s cam­paign has re­ceived the same no­tices, in­clud­ing one as re­cently as June, ac­cord­ing to FEC fil­ings.

Not Real: “Heads up Ge­or­gia. The Mus­lim Broth­er­hood is back­ing Abrams”

The Facts: In a photo cir­cu­lat­ing on Face­book, Demo­cratic Ge­or­gia gu­ber­na­to­rial can­di­date Stacey Abrams and ac­tivist Linda Sar­sour are pic­tured hold­ing a sign that says: “COM­MU­NIST STACEY ABRAMS GOV­ER­NOR #Mus­limBrother­hood.” The photo has been al­tered. Abrams’ of­fice said that in the orig­i­nal photo, taken at a 2018 Women’s March an­niver­sary event in Ge­or­gia, the women are hold­ing a sign that reads “Stacey Abrams Gov­er­nor.” Abrams tweeted the photo in Jan­uary, say­ing that she was “proud to stand” with Sar­sour, an or­ga­nizer of the march who wears a hi­jab. “This photo has been doc­tored to im­ply that Stacey Abrams has af­fil­i­a­tions she does not have,” Priyanka Man­tha, Abrams’ di­rec­tor of com­mu­ni­ca­tions, told The Associated Press in a state­ment. “While true that the photo was taken with one of the co-chairs of the Women’s March in 2018, the sign be­ing held up has been al­tered in a de­ceit­ful at­tempt to mis­lead vot­ers.”

Not Real: For­mer Fed chair Alan Greenspan has died.

The Facts: Alan Greenspan, for­mer chair­man of the Fed­eral Re­serve, did not die de­spite re­ports that cir­cu­lated on Twit­ter early Tues­day. His wife, An­drea Mitchell, re­sponded to the er­ro­neous in­for­ma­tion tweet­ing, “By now you know the ru­mors are a hoax. Alan’s do­ing great. In fact, he has a new book out next week!”

Eric Gay / AP

Demo­cratic Se­nate can­di­date Rep. Beto O'Rourke of Texas has not been charged with fed­eral cam­paign fi­nance vi­o­la­tions.

Matt Slocum / AP

Bill Cosby was not slapped with a chicken patty dur­ing a food fight de­spite re­ports cir­cu­lat­ing on­line.

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