Fact Check: Image Of President Biden In Military Fatigues Is NOT Real -- AI Detection Tool Says It's 100 Percent Fake

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  • by: Alexis Tereszcuk
Fact Check: Image Of President Biden In Military Fatigues Is NOT Real -- AI Detection Tool Says It's 100 Percent Fake Fake Photo

Does a picture accurately show President Joe Biden sitting in a meeting with military leaders while wearing military fatigues? No, that's not true: The image is fake and is an AI-generated image, according to an online detection tool. No such genuine photo of the president in fatigues during a meeting with leaders of the military exists as of this writing. The photo appeared in a social media post, while no news or government sites have used it or described it as real.

The claim appeared as a post published on X, formerly known as Twitter, on January 30, 2024 (archived here), which opened:

Biden is right now in a meeting with the country's top military leadership.

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

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Twitter screenshot

(Source: X screenshot taken on Tue Jan 30 17:05:42 2024 UTC)

A reverse image search with Google Lens (archived here) did not return a match for the photo on any credible news sites or publications. The only match was of the image posted on X, the same as this fact check is addressing.

Hive Moderation, an AI-generated detection site (archived here), rated this image 100 percent AI-generated, as the screenshots below show. Hive Moderation gave the image a .0 percent rating of being not AI-generated.

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(Source: X screenshot taken on Tue Jan 30 17:06:54 2024 UTC)

HIVE returned this result: Screen Shot 2024-01-30 at 9.08.31 AM.png

Biden's official biography on the White House website (archived here) makes no mention of him ever being in the military.

The fake image of Biden in military fatigues began circulating after Biden said the United States "shall respond" to a deadly drone strike that killed three American troops in Jordan near the Syrian border.

Lead Stories reached out to the White House for comment and will update the story when a response is received.

The account that shared the claim -- @sprinter99800 -- previously promoted other false narratives as reported by Lead Stories here, here, here, here and here.

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  Alexis Tereszcuk

Alexis Tereszcuk is a writer and fact checker at Lead Stories and an award-winning journalist who spent over a decade breaking hard news and celebrity scoop with RadarOnline and Us Weekly.

As the Entertainment Editor, she investigated Hollywood stories and conducted interviews with A-list celebrities and reality stars.  

Alexis’ crime reporting earned her spots as a contributor on the Nancy Grace show, CNN, Fox News and Entertainment Tonight, among others.

Read more about or contact Alexis Tereszcuk

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