Fake News: Hillary Clinton Did NOT Say "Man-Machine Hybrids Could Live For Centuries"

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  • by: Ryan Cooper
Fake News: Hillary Clinton Did NOT Say "Man-Machine Hybrids Could Live For Centuries"

Did former Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton say that "man-machine hybrids could live for centuries"? No, that's not true: A meme that users are sharing contains a made-up quote, and the accompanying image has been put through a filter to make Clinton appear older.

The quote originated from a meme (archived here) published by qanonofficial on December 13, 2019. It opened:

"Given a ready supply of an organic fuel, man-machine hybrids could live for centuries. Don't let Donald Trump put politics above virtually eternal life."

Users on social media saw this:

The meme featured a made-up quote from the former first lady and former secretary of state. She has never spoken on the record about "man-machine hybrids," which sounds like something from a science fiction novel.

According to a ZDNet article from May 2, 2015, the hybrid technology allows manufacturing workers to perform repetitive tasks more safely. The machines have nothing to do with "eternal life."

What that has to do with President Trump is unclear, but the quote is fabricated. Clinton has never said anything about Trump putting politics above "virtually eternal life."

The image of Clinton appears to have been altered by a face-aging app or filter to make her look much older.

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  Ryan Cooper

Ryan Cooper, a staff writer and fact-checker for Lead Stories, is the former Director of Programming at CNN International, where he helped shape the network's daily newscasts broadcast to more than 280 million households around the world. He was based at the network's Los Angeles Bureau. There, he managed the team responsible for a three-hour nightly program, Newsroom LA.

Formerly, he worked at the headquarters in Atlanta, and he spent four years at the London bureau. An award-winning producer, Cooper oversaw the network's Emmy Award-winning coverage of the uprising in Egypt in 2011. He also served as a supervising producer during much of the network's live reporting on the Israel-Hezbollah conflict in 2006, for which CNN received an Edward R. Murrow Award.

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