A fact-check of a recent headline revealed that the screenshot being shared on social media had been “fabricated.”
Following the shocking fall President Brain-Dead Biden took from his bike on Saturday while trying to engage with fans, an image that purported to be a headline from left-leaning “The Atlantic” quickly made the rounds. The supposed title “The Heroism of Biden’s Bike Fall” was a shock to those who shared it.
I saw this.
Now you have to. pic.twitter.com/6IYjou4JEk
— mallen2010 (@mallen_2010) June 19, 2022
Despite the amount of rising distrust in the media of late, the truth still counts. When Reuters fact-checker reached out to “The Atlantic” to clear up the debacle, a spokesperson for the outlet denied that it had ever been published.
“I can verify that this is not a real article from The Atlantic, and is indeed fabricated,” said Anna Bross the Senior Vice President of Communications at The Atlantic.
However, just because it wasn’t real doesn’t mean the sentiment expressed by the photoshopped headline doesn’t exist among the left, say critics:
They have to fact check this because calling a negative a positive is so “on brand” for media now that it’s impossible to tell satire from real journalism.
— Desez 💎👊 (@desez) June 21, 2022
The fact that the Atlantic needs a fact-check on this silly meme is kinds sad though. They did it to themselves.
— kgbman (@kgbman) June 22, 2022
It is both hilarious and scary that a lot of people cannot recognize satire, much less sarcasm.
— jackflak (@jackflak55) June 22, 2022
We are so unbelievably screwed.
— Eric Hart (@AmericanaHart) June 22, 2022
Yea, but they were thinking it…
— Sean Murphy (@sean0murphy) June 22, 2022
@ReutersFacts the real story is that so many blithely accepted this as illustrative of what the Atlantic might typically print. There is absolutely nothing in the content to indicate it could be spoof or satire, it simply rings true.
— LindaD (@ladoodles) June 22, 2022
They probably would have written that article but the memesters beat them to it.
— Garrett Sneen (@STIMULUSVIDEO) June 22, 2022
— SoylentGreenIsPeople🍵 (@Rarely_Wrong) June 22, 2022
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