Fake News: Dana Loesch Did NOT Threaten To Set Fire To The Constitution

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  • by: Maarten Schenk
Fake News: Dana Loesch Did NOT Threaten To Set Fire To The Constitution

Did NRA spokesperson Dana Loesch threaten to set fire to a copy of the U.S. Constitution? No, that did not happen. The image you may have seen circulating online that appeared to show this was actually a photoshop.

It appeared in a viral tweet on March 27, 2018 from @ManInTheHoody on Twitter" (archived here) which was captioned:

"Dear @NRA nut jobs... If I photoshop a meme of @dloesch about to burn the constitution and then it gets a ton of retweets it means that i win the argument, right? Like, y'all will just concede that I win the argument? Even if its a fake picture? That's how this works?"

The image was a manipulation of a screenshot of a video in which Loesch threatens to burn a copy of The New York Times:

NRA spokesperson Dana Loesch threatens to burn copy of The New York Times in latest inflammatory video

"You know, I don't even have to do this. You guys are doing a good enough job burning down your reputations all by yourselves."

The tweet was likely made in response to people claiming another manipulated animation that showed Emma Gonzáles of "March for our Lives" rip up the United States Consititution was no big deal because it was meant as social commentary and was obviously not real. We wrote about that faked image here:

Fake News: Emma Gonzáles Did NOT Rip Up The U.S. Constitution | Lead Stories

Did Emma Gonzáles of "March for our Lives" rip up the United States Consititution on video? An animated meme being spread on social media seems to show Gonzales and three other students who survived the school shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida doing just that but the video is manipulated.

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  Maarten Schenk

Lead Stories co-founder Maarten Schenk is our resident expert on fake news and hoax websites. He likes to go beyond just debunking trending fake news stories and is endlessly fascinated by the dazzling variety of psychological and technical tricks used by the people and networks who intentionally spread made-up things on the internet.  He can often be found at conferences and events about fake news, disinformation and fact checking when he is not in his office in Belgium monitoring and tracking the latest fake article to go viral.

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