Fact Check

No, David Axelrod Hasn't Been Arrested by the US Military

The claim was made by a website that frequently makes fantastical (i.e., false) claims.

Published April 22, 2022

NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 18: David Axelrod, Director, Institute of Politics, The University of Chicago, speaks at The 2017 Concordia Annual Summit at Grand Hyatt New York on September 18, 2017 in New York City.  (Photo by Paul Morigi/Getty Images for Concordia Summit) (Paul Morigi/Getty Images)
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Former Obama adviser and CNN commentator David Axelrod was arrested by the military.

Fact Check

If you sourced your news from a website called Real Raw News, you'd be laboring under the belief that the U.S. military is arresting high profile political figures, putting them on trial, and throwing them in "Gitmo," shorthand for the detention center in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

The latest political figure arrested by the military, according to Real Raw News? David Axelrod, an adviser to former U.S. President Barack Obama and CNN political commentator. "Military Arrests David Axelrod," the April 16, 2022, Real Raw News headline read.

To be clear, Axelrod hasn't been arrested by the military or anyone else. He has been active on his podcast, "The Axe Files," as a CNN commentator, appearing on the cable news network as recently as April 20, and on his Twitter account.

As noted above, Real Raw News posts fantastical stories that falsely announce various political figures have been arrested and placed on military tribunal, including Dr. Anthony Fauci, who has led the U.S. response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The website has also published pro-Vladimir Putin content, for example publishing a story that reports the Russian president accused his Ukrainian counterpart and enemy, Volodymyr Zelenskyy, of "sheltering child traffickers." Another story alleges Putin's war on Ukraine is a "war on an infestation of pedophile camps."

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Bethania Palma is a journalist from the Los Angeles area who started her career as a daily newspaper reporter and has covered everything from crime to government to national politics. She has written for ... read more