Fact Check: Time Magazine Cover Does NOT Call Trump 'Worst. President. Ever.'

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  • by: Alan Duke
Fact Check: Time Magazine Cover Does NOT Call Trump 'Worst. President. Ever.' No Time

Did Time Magazine publish a cover calling Donald Trump the worst president ever and saying he has "disgraced the highest office in the nation"? No, that's not true: A meme making the claim features a fake cover image.

The claim appeared in a post shared on September 18, 2020 by a Facebook page named "CAKE" (archived here) with following text "Unfair portrayal? Explain why or why not." The image featured a photo of President Trump with the skin on the left side of his face missing. The words on the fake cover read:

WORST. PRESIDENT. EVER.
How DONALD TRUMP has disgraced the highest office in the nation.
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This is what the post looked like on Facebook at the time of writing:

Facebook screenshot

(Source: Facebook screenshot taken on Sun Sep 20 22:30:07 2020 UTC)

This is a screenshot of the meme:

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The attempt to fake a Time cover is weak. It has no date or usual markings of a real cover.

Lead Stories is not fact checking the claims made in the image, only the authenticity of the image.

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  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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