Conservative Facebook ‘Fact Checker’ Pushes Misleading Narrative to Help Out CNN

The Weekly Standard was quick to use the ‘Fact Check’ to protect Anderson Cooper and CNN from that mean old Donald Trump Jr. who was attacking their coverage of hurricane Florence. The fury is all around a photograph of Anderson Cooper standing in waist deep water. The issue here is that this photo was from Cooper’s coverage of hurricane Ike back in 2008. Now Trump Jr. tweets and shows this old photo during coverage of hurricane Florence. Here is where word parsing gets important. Donald Jr. did not say that it was from Florence, but people that picked up his tweet did. It is all sorted out for your enjoyment in the article below.

As Written and Reported By Justin Caruso for Breitbart: 

The “conservative” anti-Trump publication The Weekly Standard published a “fact check” on a viral photo of CNN’s Anderson Cooper that conflated a tweet from Donald Trump Jr. mocking Cooper, with false information being spread by trolls in a misleading manner.

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The Weekly Standard‘s “fact checking” is now being used by Facebook, so the publication’s decision to push misleading information into such a piece raises questions about whether it can be trusted to be a fair arbiter of truth when it comes to one of the most powerful platforms on the Internet—and highlights just how difficult it is for companies like Facebook to police content.

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TWS‘s article focuses on an image that went viral recently, showing CNN’s Anderson Cooper standing in deep water while his camera crew, just feet away, is in much lower water. The image is from Hurricane Ike in 2008, not from the recent Hurricane Florence.

Cooper claimed that the shot was set up that way to showcase how the flood waters were deeper in some areas than others……


Weekly Standard ‘Fact Check’ Pushes Misleading Information to Help CNN


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