Fact Check: Fake Video Shows Dozens Of News Anchors Saying 'Taylor Swift Is Not a Psy-Op'

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  • by: Dana Ford
Fact Check: Fake Video Shows Dozens Of News Anchors Saying 'Taylor Swift Is Not a Psy-Op' Edited Clip

Did dozens of news anchors parrot the same talking point by reporting the phrase, "Taylor Swift is not a psy-op"? No, that's not true: A video that appears to show such reporting is fake. It pairs phony audio with a video compilation from 2018.

The claim appeared in a post (archived here) on X, the site formerly known as Twitter, on January 31, 2024. The post included a short video. It began:

Nothing says 'Taylor Swift is not a psy-op' like every major Corporate News show parroting the same talking points about her at once.

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

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Twitter screenshot(Source: X screenshot taken on Fri Feb 2 16:13:29 2024 UTC)

The post's video is a compilation from 2018. It shows news anchors reading a script from Sinclair Broadcast Group, which, according to its website, "owns, operates and/or provides services to 185 television stations . . ." The script prompted anchors to deliver a warning about "fake stories" and a promise to "pursue and report the truth."

The compilation was created by Deadspin. It can be watched below:

The post on X combines that video from 2018 with fake audio to make it seem like the anchors were saying "Taylor Swift is not a psy-op," an abbreviation for "psychological operation." But it's clear they weren't. Their lips weren't even made to sync with the words.

Lead Stories has debunked a number of recent claims about Taylor Swift. See here for a collection of those fact checks.

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  Dana Ford

Dana Ford is an Atlanta-based reporter and editor. She previously worked as a senior editor at Atlanta Magazine Custom Media and as a writer/ editor for CNN Digital. Ford has more than a decade of news experience, including several years spent working in Latin America.

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