Fact Check: Chelsea Clinton Was NOT Hanged at GITMO -- She Was Running NYC Marathon, Not Languishing On Death Row

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  • by: Marlo Lee
Fact Check: Chelsea Clinton Was NOT Hanged at GITMO -- She Was Running NYC Marathon, Not Languishing On Death Row No Noose

Was Chelsea Clinton hanged at GITMO recently? No, that's not true: This event did not happen. Chelsea Clinton was seen completing the New York Marathon on November 7, 2021. Real Raw News -- the source of the bogus hanging claim -- has a history of creating fictional stories about public figures. There is a disclaimer on their website stating, "This website contains humor, parody, and satire. We have included this disclaimer for our protection, on the advice of legal counsel."

The claim originated from an article published by Real Raw News on November 8, 2021 titled "Chelsea Clinton Hanged at GITMO" (archived here) which opened:

The false bravado Chelsea Clinton displayed at the conclusion of her military tribunal quickly evaporated when she learned the Office of Military Commissions intended to hang her, as it had her mother, for crimes committed against the nation and children of the world.

Here is what the article looked like at the time of writing:

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(Source: Realrawnews.com screenshot taken on Wed Nov 10 17:08:43 2021 UTC)

People Magazine wrote an article on November 9, 2021, about Chelsea Clinton completing the New York Marathon on Sunday, November 7, 2021, a feat impossible to carry off when in the death row holding cell.

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(Source: People.com screenshot taken on Wed Nov 10 19:13:54 2021 UTC)

Lead Stories contacted the Pentagon, The Clinton Foundation, and the onsite GITMO reporter for the New York Times, Carol Rosenberg about the Real Raw News claim. We will update this story if we receive responses.

Lead Stories has now debunked three stories about the same Chelsea Clinton case, all written by Real Raw News. Here is the fabricated story about Chelsea Clinton being apprehended by Delta Force soldiers. Here is the debunk of Chelsea Clinton being convicted of a crime.

Real Raw News has a long history of publishing false claims in mock news stories, many of them about convictions and executions of various public figures at Naval Station Guantanamo Bay in Cuba. For example, the site reported former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was hanged (she wasn't); former White House Chief of Staff John Podesta was executed (he wasn't); and that "the military" convicted former Attorney General William Barr on charges of treason (it didn't).

The website for Real Raw News includes a disclaimer that warns readers not to take its content too seriously. Specifically, it says:

Information on this website is for informational and educational and entertainment purposes. This website contains humor, parody, and satire. We have included this disclaimer for our protection, on the advice on legal counsel.

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(Source: RealRawNews.com screenshot taken Tue Aug 3 16:39:48 UTC 2021)

Lead Stories has covered claims published by Real Raw News in the past. Previous Lead Stories debunks of Real Raw News items is collected here.

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Marlo Lee is a fact checker at Lead Stories. She is a graduate of Howard University with a B.S. in Biology. Her interest in fact checking started in college, when she realized how important it became in American politics. She lives in Maryland.

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