NOT REAL NEWS: A look at what didn't happen this week

NOT REAL NEWS: A take a look at what did not occur this week

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A roundup of among the hottest however fully unfaithful tales and visuals of the week. None of those are legit, though they had been shared broadly on social media. The Related Press checked them out. Listed here are the details:


Helicopter movies present Taliban try to hold flag, not execution

CLAIM: Video of a person dangling from a helicopter in Kandahar, Afghanistan reveals the Taliban performing a public execution.

THE FACTS: Footage of a person suspended from a helicopter in Afghanistan sparked outrage on-line this week as social media customers, politicians and information shops alike falsely claimed it confirmed the Taliban killing somebody in a public show. “The Taliban are actually hanging individuals from our left-behind helicopters and flying them round for all to see…” one Twitter consumer wrote Monday in a publish shared almost 6,000 occasions. “That is on each single Biden voter.” The video does seem to indicate the Taliban utilizing a Black Hawk helicopter that was beforehand utilized by the Afghan army, based on the markings on the plane. Nevertheless, it reveals not a killing, however a Taliban fighter making an attempt to position a flag on a tall flagpole on the Kandahar governor’s workplace on Sunday, based on Saadullah Wolesmal and Farid Ahmad Yousuni, two residents of Kandahar who watched the scene because it performed out. Wolesmal stated the pole was a remnant of the Afghan authorities, and Afghanistan’s black, pink and inexperienced flag was beforehand affixed to it. A Taliban fighter was suspended from a helicopter and tried to affix the Taliban’s white flag to the pole. He didn’t succeed, Wolesmal and Yousuni stated. A detailed evaluation of movies from the scene reveals that the person dangling from the helicopter was hanging from a harness, not from his neck, and could possibly be seen waving his arms. Footage from further angles circulating on social media confirms the person was suspended close to a flagpole that matches the poles on the Kandahar governor’s workplace.

— Related Press author Ali Swenson in Seattle contributed this report, with further reporting from Related Press author Tameem Akhgar in Istanbul.


Colleges in Ohio suburb aren’t vaccinating children with out parental consent

CLAIM: Colleges within the Dayton, Ohio, suburb of Kettering are vaccinating kids for COVID-19 with out notifying mother and father or requesting their consent.

THE FACTS: The declare unfold by Twitter customers — together with Ohio U.S. Senate candidate Josh Mandel — this week is bogus and first circulated earlier than college students had returned to courses within the district. “You guys, that is Dayton, Ohio, that is Kettering Colleges,” a feminine narrator says in a false, broadly circulating TikTok video. “Each guardian must see this, it’s essential to bear in mind, as a result of your children usually are not secure.” The narrator reveals a clip of an Aug. 11 livestream video from InfoWars, a right-wing web site that has unfold quite a few COVID-19 conspiracy theories. The clip options a part of an interview with a caller who claims his brother’s daughter obtained vaccinated in school with out her father’s information or consent. The caller says his brother lives in Kettering, Ohio. The declare is “unequivocally false,” stated Scott Inskeep, the Kettering Metropolis Colleges superintendent. “Nobody in our colleges has or EVER would permit ANY minor scholar to be vaccinated in our colleges with out the expressed permission of the kid’s guardian or authorized guardian,” Inskeep stated in an announcement. “Once we held our scholar vaccine clinics final spring, a guardian or guardian needed to accompany their minor baby to the clinic or the vaccine was not administered. Moreover, this radio program seems to have aired on August 11, the day earlier than we had ANY college students at school.” The close by district of Dayton Public Colleges additionally issued an announcement on social media denying claims that it had compelled vaccinations on college students. It particularly countered social media rumors that any college students had been taken out of sophistication to be vaccinated on Aug. 13. “That is false,” the assertion learn. “DPS will not be at the moment in session so college students usually are not but at school, and at no level would the district power scholar vaccinations.” COVID-19 vaccines can be found for anybody 12 and older in Ohio. Kids underneath 18 who usually are not emancipated are required to have parental consent for any vaccine, based on the Ohio Division of Well being. Mandel’s marketing campaign group didn’t reply to an emailed request for remark.

— Ali Swenson


Publish makes false declare about FDA approval for Pfizer s shot

CLAIM: There’s at the moment no FDA-approved vial of COVID-19 vaccine out there within the U.S.

THE FACTS: Following the U.S. Meals and Drug Administration’s full approval of Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine final week for these 16 and over, posts on-line are misrepresenting the announcement to falsely declare the vaccine nonetheless lacks formal approval. One Instagram publish acknowledged the Comirnaty vaccine had acquired FDA approval, however made the false declare that the one out there doses are Pfizer vials which might be nonetheless slightly below emergency use authorization. In reality, Comirnaty is the model identify Pfizer is utilizing to market its COVID-19 vaccine and there’s no distinction between the 2. In December, the FDA granted Pfizer’s vaccine emergency use authorization based mostly on a research of 44,000 individuals 16 and older who had been adopted for 2 months. Throughout public well being emergencies, the FDA can challenge emergency use authorizations for merchandise that forestall, deal with or diagnose a illness. After Pfizer submitted six months of comply with up security information, the FDA granted full approval for these 16 and older to make use of the vaccine, now marketed as Comirnaty. The formulation used within the FDA-approved Comirnaty vaccine is an identical to the shot that beforehand acquired emergency use authorization. “It’s the identical vaccine,” Dr. Joshua Sharfstein, vice dean for public well being follow and neighborhood engagement at Johns Hopkins College and former FDA deputy commissioner, informed the AP. “There is just one vaccine.” Sharfstein stated since some individuals had been ready for the FDA to grant full approval, final week’s announcement ought to encourage extra vaccinations. Pfizer was already utilizing the Comirnaty identify on its vaccine vials and packaging earlier than the vaccine acquired full approval for individuals 16 and older on August 23. Pfizer introduced in December that it was advertising the vaccine within the European Union underneath that model identify. A Pfizer information launch on the time stated the identify Comirnaty, “represents a mixture of the phrases COVID-19, mRNA, neighborhood, and immunity, to focus on the primary authorization of a messenger RNA (mRNA) vaccine, in addition to the joint international efforts that made this achievement doable with unprecedented rigor and effectivity – and with security on the forefront – throughout this international pandemic.” Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccines stay underneath emergency use authorization for youngsters ages 12 via 15, and for immunocompromised people receiving a 3rd dose, till Pfizer submits its software and security information for these teams.

— Related Press author Beatrice Dupuy in New York contributed this report.


Video of Pelosi supposedly caught on sizzling mic was manipulated

CLAIM: After President Joe Biden provided to reply questions throughout a digital assembly, Home Speaker Nancy Pelosi was caught saying, “We don’t need him to speak.”

THE FACTS: The video clip that seems to indicate the awkward second was truly manipulated and was first shared on-line with a label figuring out it as satire. The clip was taken from a video of a March 3 digital session of the Home Democratic Caucus Digital Points Convention, the place Biden mentioned his legislative priorities. Pelosi addressed Biden on a digital display. After concluding his remarks, Biden stated: “And I’m completely happy to take questions if that’s what you — I’m alleged to do, Nance. No matter you need me to do.” Within the manipulated video, a voice that sounds much like Pelosi’s, may be heard saying, “Am I on? No, we don’t need him to speak.” The voice was added to the video. Within the precise video, Pelosi didn’t reply and the display that confirmed her reduce to a photograph of Biden. The unique video ends shortly after that. A comic and voice actor who performs underneath the identify Michael Clive created the altered video as political satire. However some social media customers then shared his video with out the satire label. “Sure, that’s me, imitating Nancy Pelosi however that Twitter model has been edited,” Clive, who additionally makes use of the identify Michael Kaminski, informed The Related Press in an e-mail. “The unique is labeled satire on the finish.” In March, social media customers shared a clip from the identical occasion falsely claiming that the feed was reduce off so Biden couldn’t reply questions. The video feed that was uploaded on-line does finish after Biden’s introductory remarks, however that’s as a result of the occasion was closed to the press in the course of the query and reply interval. Biden did take questions, together with one about systemic racism and the kid tax credit score, the AP reported.

— Related Press author Arijeta Lajka in New York contributed this report.


Shell oil platform didn’t break free throughout Hurricane Ida

CLAIM: The Shell-operated deep water oil platform often called the “Mars/Olympus” platform has damaged free following Hurricane Ida and is now “free inside the Gulf of Mexico.”

THE FACTS: A Fb account devoted to sharing climate updates from members of the general public, Mississippi Climate Community, erroneously posted on Aug. 29 that the platform had damaged free in the course of the storm however then retracted the publish later that day when the knowledge couldn’t be verified. An replace on the Fb web page notified readers that web page directors had taken the publish down “till additional info may be verified by the oil firm(ies) in query or U.S. authorities officers.” The replace reads: “We might not at all times get it proper, however we by no means purposefully get it fallacious to mislead anybody.” Although the wrong publish concerning the storm injury had been taken down, social media customers continued sharing screenshots of it. The U.S. Coast Guard performed a flyover on Aug. 29 that exposed no oil platforms had damaged free, based on an company assertion. Shell additionally carried out its personal flyover the following day and confirmed that its Mars, Olympus and Ursa platforms had been “all intact and on location.” About 300 offshore platforms had been evacuated forward of Ida, resulting in a pause of 80 p.c of the gulf’s oil and gasoline manufacturing, based on the U.S. Bureau of Security and Environmental Enforcement.

— Beatrice Dupuy


Biden didn’t go to sleep throughout assembly with Israeli Prime Minister

CLAIM: Picture reveals President Joe Biden sleeping throughout high-level talks with a international head of presidency.

THE FACTS: Within the days following Biden’s Aug. 27 assembly with Israeli Minister Naftali Bennett, the false declare appeared on social media regardless of information protection exhibiting Biden was awake and engaged. A broadly shared publish on Fb reveals a picture of Biden on the assembly together with his head down and his eyes look like closed. Beneath the screenshot, the picture says, “Watch: Joe Biden Caught (asterisk)Sleeping(asterisk) Throughout Excessive-Degree Talks with International Head of Authorities.” However picture is deceptive and the outline is fake. Throughout a 14-minute video taken in the course of the assembly, Biden doesn’t go to sleep. He appears down at his lap a number of occasions, together with when he’s listening and studying from his notepad. The picture is captured in one in every of these moments. The 2 leaders met to debate a spread of matters, together with COVID-19 and Iran’s nuclear capabilities. It was the primary face-to-face assembly between the 2 males since Bennett was sworn-in as prime minister in June.

— Related Press author Terrence Fraser in New York contributed this report.


Animals didn’t escape zoo in NJ storm

CLAIM: Pictures present that quite a lot of wild animals had been free in South Orange, New Jersey, on Thursday after they escaped in a single day from the Turtle Again Zoo amid Hurricane Ida flooding.

THE FACTS: Lions, crocodiles, penguins and gorillas didn’t roam the streets of South Orange, New Jersey, regardless of a hoax that was circulating broadly the morning after extreme flash flooding within the space. “Breaking: Stories of escaped animals flow into all through South Orange, New Jersey after the TurtleBack Zoo (@TurtleBackZoo) is severely flooded,” a Twitter account impersonating CNN wrote early Thursday morning. “Native authorities advise all South Orange residents to remain house till the animals are returned again to their houses.” The publish, which was accompanied by photos of animals seemingly wandering free on metropolis streets, unfold to Instagram and Fb later Thursday. However reverse-image searches show that the pictures are previous. A photograph of a pack of lions wading right into a avenue appeared in stories about India’s Gujarat area in 2019. A photograph of penguins gathering on a darkish, slick sidewalk hails from South Africa and has circulated on-line since 2013. A photograph of a crocodile stalking towards vehicles is from coastal Australia in 2019. And a picture of an ape-like creature standing in a avenue has appeared on-line since 2014, when it sparked each skepticism and bigfoot theories after it was shared in a Fb group for residents of Anaheim Hills, California. The Turtle Again Zoo in West Orange, New Jersey, confirmed the stories had been pretend Thursday morning, writing on Twitter that zoo workers secured the animals indoors earlier than the downpour. “We respect everybody’s concern about our animals and workers in the course of the storm,” the tweet learn. “Employees stayed via the evening to observe. There was no lack of energy and all of our animals and animal areas weathered the storm effectively and stay secure and safe inside the facility.”

— Ali Swenson


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