Fact Check: NY Post Did NOT Report Congress Will Vote On Bill Criminalizing Skepticism About 9/11

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  • by: Ed Payne
Fact Check: NY Post Did NOT Report Congress Will Vote On Bill Criminalizing Skepticism About 9/11 Fake Headline

Is there a New York Post headline and article that claims Congress will vote on a bill that would make it a crime to question the events surrounding the September 11, 2001, attacks? No, that's not true: Such a headline and article never appeared in the New York Post. Additionally, there's no evidence that Congress is prepared to vote on that kind of legislation.

The claim appeared in a post (archived here) on X, formerly Twitter, by Concerned Citizen on April 27, 2024, with the caption "🚨🌎🇺🇸 No way are they doing this." The fabricated screenshot of a nonexistent New York Post headline and story says:


With strong support from AIPAC [American Israel Public Affairs Committee] and the ADL [Anti-Defamation League], Congress is set to vote on a bill that would criminalize any questioning of the events that took place during the September 11th attacks.

The bill calls for fines up to $10,000 and 5 years imprisonment of anyone who questions or challenges the official narrative.

The ADL states that this bill 'seeks to honor the memory of all those who died and quell the spread of harmful conspiracy theories.'

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


(Source: X screenshot taken on Thu May 2 14:38:43 2024 UTC)

Fake headline

No story with the headline "CONGRESS TO VOTE ON BILL THAT WOULD CRIMINALIZE QUESTIONING THE EVENTS SURROUNDING 9/11" appears on the New York Post website.

Fake article

Lead Stories did a search using keywords on Google News, visible here, which found no credible documents or reporting to corroborate the claim that Congress was considering such legislation.

A search of the Post's website for key words in the fake headline (archived here) did not produce any Post stories or reporting to substantiate the claim.

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Other fact check agencies have also reviewed this claim, including VERIFY and the AFP.

Other Lead Stories debunks of claims about New York Post headlines can be read here.

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  Ed Payne

Ed Payne is a staff writer at Lead Stories. He is an Emmy Award-winning journalist as part of CNN’s coverage of 9/11. Ed worked at CNN for nearly 24 years with the CNN Radio Network and CNN Digital. Most recently, he was a Digital Senior Producer for Gray Television’s Digital Content Center, the company’s digital news hub for 100+ TV stations. Ed also worked as a writer and editor for WebMD. In addition to his journalistic endeavors, Ed is the author of two children’s book series: “The Daily Rounds of a Hound” and “Vail’s Tales.” 

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