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. Here are the real facts:

The claim: Madonna told Fox News: “I heav­ily re­gret my vote against Trump … and I will vote for Trump in 2020.”

The facts: Madonna, a vo­cal critic of Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump, has not changed her pol­i­tics, as stated in a so­cial me­dia post be­ing shared. Luke Bur­land, Madonna’s pub­li­cist, told The As­so­ci­ated Press on Tues­day that the post is “com­pletely not true,” adding that Madonna “never did an in­ter­view with Fox.”

The post, which con­sists of her pic­ture along­side a quote said to be from a Sept. 5, 2018, Fox News in­ter­view, sur­faced again re­cently af­ter cir­cu­lat­ing on so­cial me­dia in Septem­ber. Madonna has been an out­spo­ken critic of Trump and op­posed his can­di­dacy. In 2016, she posted an In­sta­gram story of a Trump piñata for her son’s birth­day. She also posted a pic­ture that year of Trump’s sons Don­ald Jr. and Eric dur­ing a hunt­ing trip with the caption, “One more rea­son to vote for Hil­lary!”

The claim: Video shows French fire­fight­ers turn­ing their backs and walk­ing out on French Pres­i­dent Em­manuel Macron dur­ing a cer­e­mony.

The facts: Macron was not at the event where fire­fight­ers were cap­tured on video turn­ing their backs on of­fi­cials on Satur­day, Dec. 1, but the video is real. So­cial me­dia users be­gan shar­ing the video with the false claim af­ter grass­roots demon­stra­tions in France turned violent last week­end. The protests be­gan as a re­sponse to Macron’s plan to in­crease the fuel tax. Se­bastien Delavoux, sec­re­tary gen­eral of the lo­cal fire and res­cue union, told The As­so­ci­ated Press that fire­fight­ers turned their backs to­ward their em­ploy­ers be­cause they were an­gry that their years­long con­cerns about staffing is­sues had not been ad­dressed.

The claim: A so­cial me­dia post states: “If you need to call 911 but are scared to be­cause of some­one in the room, dial and ask for a pep­per­oni pizza. They will ask if you know you’re call­ing 911. Say yes, and con­tinue pre­tend­ing you’re mak­ing an or­der.You can ask how long it will take for the pizza to get to you, and they will tell you how far away a patrol unit is. Share this to save a life!!!”

The facts: Dis­patch­ers are not trained to in­ter­pret a take­out pizza or­der as a covert way of seek­ing emer­gency as­sis­tance. The claim has cir­cu­lated on so­cial me­dia for sev­eral years. Christo­pher Carver, dis­patch cen­ter op­er­a­tions di­rec­tor for the Na­tional Emer­gency Num­ber As­so­ci­a­tion, told The As­so­ci­ated Press in a state­ment that ask­ing for a “pizza in emer­gency sit­u­a­tions is not stan­dard prac­tice or pro­ce­dure.” Carver said a dis­patcher would not hang up upon hear­ing a pizza or­der, they would ask more ques­tions to de­ter­mine what is go­ing on.

But, he said, there is no sin­gle na­tion­wide rule re­gard­ing what to do if some­one calls or­der­ing pizza. “Set­ting any ex­pec­ta­tions of se­cret phrases that will work with any 911 cen­ter is po­ten­tially very dan­ger­ous,” he said. Carver sug­gested that if some­one is un­able to speak on the phone a bet­ter op­tion would be to text 911.

Jose Luis Magana / AP

The AP has found that sto­ries cir­cu­lat­ing that Madonna in­tends to vote for Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump in 2020 are un­true.

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