FAKE NEWS!

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 News: Flash­back: Obama kicks out re­porter at press brief­ing

The Facts: For­mer Pres­i­dent Barack Obama did not throw a re­porter out of a press con­fer­ence for ask­ing a ques­tion in 2015, as a claim cir­cu­lat­ing widely on­line sug­gests. The false claim sur­faced af­ter a heated ex­change Wed­nes­day be­tween Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump and CNN White House Cor­re­spon­dent Jim Acosta, whose White House press pass was sus­pended af­ter­ward. Some so­cial me­dia users then cir­cu­lated a video they said showed Obama kick­ing a re­porter out of press brief­ing. As re­ported by the AP, Obama was ac­tu­ally re­spond­ing to a pro­tester who was heck­ling him dur­ing a gay pride month re­cep­tion at the White House in June 2015. “Shame on you, you shouldn’t be do­ing this,” Obama told the pro­tester, adding he had the op­tion of stay­ing quiet or be­ing re­moved. The pro­tester was re­moved.

Not Real News: CNN an­chor shown laugh­ing as Amer­i­can flag burns

The Facts: An image cir­cu­lat­ing on­line that shows CNN an­chor Don Lemon laugh­ing dur­ing an ap­par­ent seg­ment about Democrats burn­ing flags on Elec­tion Day was fab­ri­cated. A CNN spokes­woman told the AP on Tues­day that the image of Lemon, which was paired with a ban­ner claim­ing “Dems cel­e­brate ‘blue wave’ burn­ing flags on Elec­tion Day,” is false. The ban­ner iden­ti­fied the show as “Re­li­able Sources,” which Lemon does not host. He is the host of “CNN Tonight.”

Not Real News: Vot­ing ma­chine rigged in Ohio precinct

The Facts: An In­sta­gram video shared widely on­line Tues­day showed a voter se­lect­ing Repub­li­can gu­ber­na­to­rial can­di­date Mike DeWine on a touch screen, but then re­ceiv­ing a pa­per record re­flect­ing a vote for Demo­cratic can­di­date Richard Cor­dray. The video was cir­cu­lated on so­cial me­dia as ev­i­dence that a ma­chine was rigged. Aaron Sellers, a spokesman for the Franklin County Board of Elec­tions, told the AP in an email that the ma­chine in ques­tion had a pa­per jam that showed a pre­vi­ous voter’s choice. Sellers says the voter who ex­pe­ri­enced the prob­lem got a poll worker to can­cel out the vote on the ma­chine in ques­tion and then voted suc­cess­fully on an­other ma­chine.

Cliff Owen / AP

A photo on the in­ter­net show­ing CNN an­chor Don Lemon laugh­ing about Democrats burn­ing flags on Elec­tion Day was fab­ri­cated.

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