Fake News: Rep. Rashida Tlaib, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Rep. Ilhan Omar, Rep. Ayanna Pressley Did NOT Pose In Front Of Picture Of Osama Bin Laden And ISIS Flag

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  • by: Alan Duke
Fake News: Rep. Rashida Tlaib, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Rep. Ilhan Omar, Rep. Ayanna Pressley Did NOT Pose In Front Of Picture Of Osama Bin Laden And ISIS Flag

Did Rep. Rashida Tlaib, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Rep. Ilhan Omar, and Rep. Ayanna Pressley pose for a photo in front of a photo of Osama Bin Laden and an ISIS flag? No, that's not true: A photo taken of the four freshmen members of congress was photoshopped to add the portrait of the late Al Qaeda leader and the flag of the ISIS terror group. The actual photo was taken as the newly-elected woman met in a Capitol Hill conference room in November 2018.

T meme has been circulated on social platforms for several months and was against shared in a post (archived here) published on April 6, 2019. It read:

Guess who's sitting with a picture of Osama Bin Laden and an ISIS flag? Yep, the new Congress woman and leftist media darling Rashida Tlaib

This is how it looked on Facebook:

This is the original photo:

OAC real nov 2018.jpg

The original photo was shared by several of the women and quickly spread across social platforms.

These women have each become targets of false rumors and memes attacking their loyalty to the United States since voters chose them in the mid-term elections and gave control of the House of Representatives to the Democratic Party.


  Alan Duke

Editor-in-Chief Alan Duke co-founded Lead Stories after ending a 26-year career with CNN, where he mainly covered entertainment, current affairs and politics. Duke closely covered domestic terrorism cases for CNN, including the Oklahoma City federal building bombing, the UNABOMBER and search for Southeast bomber Eric Robert Rudolph. CNN moved Duke to Los Angeles in 2009 to cover the entertainment beat. Duke also co-hosted a daily podcast with former HLN host Nancy Grace, "Crime Stories with Nancy Grace" and hosted the podcast series "Stan Lee's World: His Real Life Battle with Heroes & Villains." You'll also see Duke in many news documentaries, including on the Reelz channel, CNN and HLN.

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