Fact Check: CNN Did NOT Issue A Correction Over A Ted Cruz Qanon Pin That Turned Out To Be A Dorito

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  • by: Maarten Schenk
Fact Check: CNN Did NOT Issue A Correction Over A Ted Cruz Qanon Pin That Turned Out To Be A Dorito Not Real

Did CNN issue a correction over a misidentified Qanon pin supposedly being worn by Ted Cruz that turned out to be a Dorito chip? No, that's not true: CNN never reported such a story in the first place and the image with the correction is fake. Cruz commented on the story himself on Twitter

An example of the viral image can be seen in a viral Facebook post (archived here) published on January 16, 2021. It appeared to show a Tweet from Don Van Natta Jr. that said "The Correction of the CENTURY." over a CNN Politics screenshot with the words:

Correction: A previous version of this story misstated that Sen. Ted Cruz was seen wearing a pin featuring a QAnon symbol. It was later discovered this was not a QAnon pin, but a Doritos snack chip stuck to his suit.

This is what the post looked like on Facebook at the time of writing:

Facebook screenshot

(Source: Facebook screenshot taken on Sat Jan 16 09:58:47 2021 UTC)

The image was indeed posted by ESPN host Don Van Natta Jr. (who quietly deleted the tweet later) and by James Doleman, who later corrected himself:

CNN Reporter Daniel Dale set the record straight on Twitter:

Senator Cruz also weighed in:

So at least the part about Ted Cruz sometimes enjoying a Dorito is real.

Tip: if you want to verify stories like these yourself try a Google search restricted to a single site, by using the "site:" operator. As you can see in the example below a Google search for pages on CNN's site containing the words "Ted Cruz", "Doritos" and "QAnon" yielded no results at the time of writing:

cnnsearch.jpg

(Source: screenshot of Google Search results for site:cnn.com "Ted Cruz" "Doritos" "QAnon", made January 16, 2021 by Lead Stories)

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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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