Fact Check: President Biden's Surgeon General Is NOT CGI

Fact Check

  • by: Marlo Lee
Fact Check: President Biden's Surgeon General Is NOT CGI No Evidence

Is Vivek Murthy, the Biden administration's surgeon general, computer-generated imagery (CGI)? No, that's not true: The duty officer in the Pentagon press office told Lead Stories that Murthy "is 100% a real person." The claim came from a website that features a disclaimer warning readers not to take its content at face value.

The claim originated in an article published by Real Raw News on January 15, 2022, titled "Military: Biden's Surgeon General is CGI" (archived here) that opened:

The entity masquerading as the administration's surgeon general, Vivek Murthy, is not a man but computer-generated imagery (CGI) superimposed on a dynamic algorithm that pushes a fictitious Covid narrative from some hidden crevice in Washington, D.C., said Lt. David Hoffer, a program analyst at U.S. Army Cyber Command Headquarters at Fort Gordon.
Users on social media only saw this title, description and thumbnail:

Screen Shot 2022-01-18 at 12.52.22 PM.png

Military: Biden's Surgeon General is CGI - Real Raw News

Lead Stories emailed the Pentagon about this claim. They responded on January 18, 2022, with an email stating:

He is 100% a real person.

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.

Real Raw snip.jpg

(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.

Want to inform others about the accuracy of this story?

See who is sharing it (it might even be your friends...) and leave the link in the comments.:

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.

Read more about or contact

About us

International Fact-Checking Organization

Lead Stories is a fact checking website that is always looking for the latest false, deceptive or inaccurate stories (or media) making the rounds on the internet.
Spotted something? Let us know!.

Lead Stories is a:


Follow us on social media

Most Read

Most Recent

Share your opinion