Un­true story claims Stone raid was big­ger than bin Laden raid

The Charlotte Observer (Sunday) - - News -

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:

Claim: “Mueller sent more armed FBI agents to ar­rest Roger Stone for NON VI­O­LENT charges than the mil­i­tary sent SEALS to get Osama bin Laden. Does that tell you how OUT OF CON­TROL Mueller is.” – post on Face­book.

The facts: The claim, which cir­cu­lated widely on Face­book with pho­tos of long­time Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump con­fi­dant Roger Stone and spe­cial coun­sel Robert Mueller, tries to equate the pre-dawn ar­rest of Stone with the highly so­phis­ti­cated se­cret mil­i­tary mis­sion to ap­pre­hend Osama bin Laden. On Jan. 25, about 12 FBI agents ar­rested Stone in Fort Laud­erdale, Fla., ac­cord­ing to The As­so­ci­ated Press. In con­trast, about 48 mem­bers of SEAL Team 6 par­tic­i­pated in the raid on bin Laden’s com­pound in Pak­istan in 2011. Ac­cord­ing to the AP, two spe­cially en­gi­neered Black Hawk he­li­copters car­ried “23 SEALs, an in­ter­preter and a track­ing dog named Cairo” to the com­pound un­der the cover of dark­ness. Nine­teen of those SEALS en­tered the com­pound. There also were an­other two dozen SEALs stand­ing by aboard Chi­nook he­li­copters. Stone has been charged with ly­ing to Congress, ob­struct­ing the House in­tel­li­gence com­mit­tee’s Rus­sia in­ves­ti­ga­tion and wit­ness tam­per­ing. He has pleaded not guilty.

Claim: “Ron­ald Rea­gan never took his jacket off in the Oval Of­fice in eight years, why? Be­cause of his re­spect and the dig­nity of the of­fice.”

The facts: For­mer Star­bucks CEO Howard Schultz made the false claim this week on MSNBC’s “Morn­ing Joe,” while dis­cussing his 2020 bid for pres­i­dent as an in­de­pen­dent can­di­date. For­mer Pres­i­dent Ron­ald Rea­gan did take his jacket off in the Oval Of­fice while serv­ing as pres­i­dent from 1981 to 1989. Among the Na­tional Archives pho­tos that show him with­out a jacket, is one from 1987 where he is wear­ing a ma­roon polo shirt as he gives a ra­dio ad­dress on in­ter­na­tional trade. Melissa Giller, spokes­woman for The Ron­ald Rea­gan Pres­i­den­tial Foun­da­tion and In­sti­tute, told the AP that Rea­gan rarely took off his jacket in the Oval Of­fice, but when he did it was usu­ally dur­ing his week- end ra­dio ad­dresses. Claim: Photo pur­ports to show newly-elected Reps. Il­han Omar, Ayanna Press­ley, Rashida Tlaib and Alexan­dria Oca­sioCortez sit­ting in front of a paint­ing of Osama bin Laden, along with an “Un­fit to serve, im­peach Trump” poster and an Is­lamic State flag.

The facts: The photo cir­cu­lat­ing on so­cial me­dia has been altered. In the orig­i­nal photo, which Oca­sio-Cortez posted on her In­sta­gram ac­count, there is no poster in the back­ground, no paint­ing of Osama bin Laden and no IS flag. The altered photo, which also dis­torts the women’s faces, is one of the most re­cent false claims to cir­cu­late around the di­verse group of women who were re­cently sworn into the 116th Congress. Omar and Tlaib, the first Mus­lim women to be elected to Congress, have been fre­quent tar­gets of mis­in­for­ma­tion on so­cial me­dia. The photo was taken on Nov. 12, 2018. Oca­sio-Cortez cap­tioned the photo, “Squad,” and tagged the other three women. It was taken dur­ing a 2018 con­fer­ence in Wash­ing­ton spon­sored by VoteRunLead, an or­ga­ni­za­tion that of­fers cam­paign and lead­er­ship train­ing to women.

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