A doctored screenshot of a CNBC news report spread the false claim that Justice Sonia Sotomayor tested positive for COVID-19, despite taking precautions. But that’s not true. Let’s take a look at the facts.
Screenshots of news reports or other webpages should always be viewed with skepticism, especially when they are presented without a direct link to the story as “evidence” for a controversial or sensational claim. It’s also important to consider the reputation of the source of such claims. Ted Nugent has a history of making outrageous, hyperpartisan statements, including many that are false. He also has previously shared misinformation online (and has become a target of false claims himself). This post is a good reminder of how easy it is to change text in digital images with simple editing tools.
Related: “NPR reporting on Supreme Court mask controversy merits clarification” (Kelly McBride, NPR).
- “News headline about Supreme Court justice appears to be fabricated” (Monique Curet, PolitiFact).
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