A Meme Too Far

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Published Dec 3, 2019

Not long after President Donald Trump paid an unannounced Thanksgiving visit to U.S. troops in Afghanistan, social media users shared a meme purportedly showing a screenshot of a Fox News alert about the president’s surprise trip.

In the screenshot, a roomful of soldiers can be seen apparently cheering the arrival of the commander-in-chief. As the text of the meme points out, however, there is a large sign behind the soldiers reading “Universal Studios.”

Was it a “fake picture” staged by Fox News for “propaganda” purposes, as the meme alleges? Or could the screenshot itself have been faked?

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