Fake News: Screenshot Showing President Trump Going Ballistic On Fox And Friends Is NOT Real

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  • by: Maarten Schenk
Fake News: Screenshot Showing President Trump Going Ballistic On Fox And Friends Is NOT Real

Did President Donald Trump go ballistic on Fox and Friends and is there a screenshot to prove it? No, that's not true: the screenshot is digitally manipulated.

An image purporting to be a screenshot from Fox and Friends falsely quotes President Trump as saying:

"The Democrats can subpoena me and my administration for the next 10, 15, 20 years and we will never capitulate. They need to face the fact that I am in charge, this is my country and I will do as I please, they have no control over me. The people support me and will always support me."

An example of the image can be seen in this post (archived here) where it was published on May 22, 2019. The image also came with a subtitle that read:

President Trump goes ballistic on Fox and Friends

This is the screenshot in question:

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The chyron at the bottom reads "ar ideas and manipulate the public debate through coercion rather than persuasion". That appears in a clip from Hannity dated April 24, 2019 which you can watch here:

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The line in question appears aroun the fifty second mark, here is a screenshot of the moment in question:

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It is quite obvious the text in the false image has been superimposed over this image.


  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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