Fact Check: Fox News Did NOT Revisit 'Whitehat Military Sting Operation' Theory -- Just Reported On Ginni Thomas' Texts

Fact Check

  • by: Lead Stories Staff
Fact Check: Fox News Did NOT Revisit 'Whitehat Military Sting Operation' Theory -- Just Reported On Ginni Thomas' Texts Thomas' Texts

Did Fox News revisit a "theory" about a "huge Trump and military white hat sting operation" in 12 states about the 2020 U.S. presidential election? Did this include a statement that the Biden family, elected officials, bureaucrats, social media managers and media members "are being arrested & detained for ballot fraud" and will face "military tribunals" off the coast of the Guantanamo Bay detention camp? No, that's not true: Fox News was merely reporting on texts that Virginia "Ginni" Thomas, a conservative activist who is married to Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, sent to Mark Meadows, chief of staff for former President Donald Trump.

The claim appeared in the revised headline of an article (archived here) published by Before It's News on September 26, 2022. The headline read:

Revisit!! Fox News Reading Of Theory Of Whitehat Military Sting Operation Arrest Of Biden Crime Family And Stolen Election Co-Conspirators, Military Tribunals!!

The headline originally stated that the Fox News report was an announcement of these supposed events.

This is how the article looked on Before It's News at the time of this fact check's publication:

fox news whitehat article.png

(Source: Before It's News screenshot taken on Wed Sept 28 15:22:32 2022 UTC)

The article includes a video that supposedly proves that this "reading" occurred. A blurb in the article also reads:

Well well well... what have we here? A revisiting of a theory... of what the alternative news has been reporting for sometime, is now going mainstream... meaning, that the public will soon have to face the truth... that this reality is crumbling, it's fake, we've all been played, and it's time for some truth and a new way of life, peace and harmony.

The Fox News report referenced in the article and in the video is a clip from the show "MediaBuzz" with Howard Kurtz, which was published online on March 27, 2022. The text in the clip clearly reads "Virginia Thomas Texts To Mark Meadows," with a small graphic underneath that credits The Washington Post as the source of the texts. The Fox News report does not indicate that the events described by Thomas actually happened, as is implied in the Before It's News article and its accompanying video.

Both the Fox News report and The Washington Post reporting add additional context by explaining that the content of these texts from Thomas seemed to stem from QAnon conspiracy theories. Lead Stories has previously explained that, according to QAnon followers, "white hats" are individuals who are supposedly working to expose the devious deeds done by morally corrupt officials in powerful positions.

Lead Stories previously debunked a claim that Clarence and Ginni Thomas chartered buses for January 6 rioters. That fact check can be found 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.:

About Us

International Fact-Checking Organization Meta Third-Party Fact Checker

Lead Stories is a fact checking website that is always looking for the latest false, misleading, deceptive or inaccurate stories, videos or images going viral on the internet.
Spotted something? Let us know!.

Lead Stories is a:


Subscribe to our newsletter

* indicates required

Please select all the ways you would like to hear from Lead Stories LLC:

You can unsubscribe at any time by clicking the link in the footer of our emails. For information about our privacy practices, please visit our website.

We use Mailchimp as our marketing platform. By clicking below to subscribe, you acknowledge that your information will be transferred to Mailchimp for processing. Learn more about Mailchimp's privacy practices here.

Most Read

Most Recent

Share your opinion