Fact Check: Chris Cuomo Did NOT 'Elude Military Capture,' There Was No Dragnet

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  • by: Kaiyah Clarke
Fact Check: Chris Cuomo Did NOT 'Elude Military Capture,' There Was No Dragnet No Elusion

Did journalist Chris Cuomo elude military capture in December of 2021? No, that's not true: It is not possible, as the Posse Comitatus Act outlaws military interference in civilian legal affairs. Also, the claim was posted on a self-described satire website with no verifiable confirming evidence.

The claim appeared in an article (archived here) published by Real Raw News titled "Chris Cuomo Eludes Military Capture" on December 2, 2021. It opened:

Chris Cuomo, disgraced liberal media host and brother to the late Andrew Cuomo, eluded a military dragnet Tuesday evening shortly after his former employer, CNN, and his Deep State allies threw him under the bus in response to revelations that he had violated journalism ethics to spy on behalf of his brother.

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Chris Cuomo Eludes Military Capture - Real Raw News

Chris Cuomo, disgraced liberal media host and brother to the late Andrew Cuomo, eluded a military dragnet Tuesday evening shortly after his former employer, CNN, and his Deep State allies threw him under the bus in response to revelations that he had violated journalism ethics to spy on behalf of his brother. On Tuesday CNN [...]

The Posse Comitatus Act does not allow the military to interfere in civilian legal matters that can be handled by domestic police officers, making it impossible for the U.S. military to handle the "capture" of a citizen.

Lead Stories searched for "Chris Cuomo eluding authorities," "U.S. military Chris Cuomo" and "Chris Cuomo November 30, 2021" on the Google search tool, which indexes more than 50,000 news sites. No reliable results substantiating the validity of this claim appeared, which would be highly unusual if a high-status public figure like Cuomo were arrested.

A December 6, 2021, tweet from Chris Cuomo's official Twitter account, detailing his recent job resignation from SiriusXM, does not include any mention of dealings with police or military officials.

Lead Stories reached out to Chris Cuomo and the Pentagon and will update this story if a reply is received from either institution.

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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  Kaiyah Clarke

Kaiyah Clarke is a fact-checker at Lead Stories. She is a graduate of Florida A&M University with a B.S. in Broadcast Journalism and is currently pursuing an M.S. in Journalism. When she is not fact-checking or researching counter-narratives in society, she is often found reading a book on the New York Times Bestseller List.

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