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Pupil Propoganda? Yes, 'Propaganda' Was Misspelled on CPAC Stage

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Published Mar 2, 2022

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The word "propaganda" was misspelled "propoganda" at CPAC 2022.

In the days following the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in February 2022, a photograph was circulated on social media that supposedly showed the words "pupil propaganda" misspelled as "pupil propoganda":

This is a genuine image from CPAC.

According to the Merriam-Webster dictionary, "propaganda" is spelled prop-A-ganda not prop-O-ganda.

"Definition of propaganda: the spreading of ideas, information, or rumor for the purpose of helping or injuring an institution, a cause, or a person"

This screenshot was taken during a livestream from CPAC that featured Candace Owens, a conservative commentator who has spread conspiratorial ideas about COVID-19 and the Jan 6. Capitol attack, and who recently said she believed the 1969 moon landing was fake.

You can see the misspelled "Pupil Propoganda" banner at the 1:26 mark of the following video.


Baragona, Justin. “Unhinged Candace Owens Pushes Vaccine Conspiracy About Bob Saget’s Death.” The Daily Beast, 12 Jan. 2022. www.thedailybeast.com, https://www.thedailybeast.com/candace-owens-pushes-unhinged-vax-conspiracy-about-bob-sagets-death.

Definition of PROPAGANDA. https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/propaganda. Accessed 2 Mar. 2022.

Joyce, Kathryn. “Candace Owens, with Bizarre Observation on Bear Sex, Leads CPAC into Nonstop CRT Panic.” Salon, 27 Feb. 2022, https://www.salon.com/2022/02/27/candace-owens-with-bizarre-observation-of-bear-sex-leads-cpac-into-nonstop-crt-panic/.

Monacelli, Steven. “Candace Owens Is Mad Girls Aren’t Being Taught to Make Their Future Husbands a Sandwich -- and 13 Other Crazy CPAC Moments You Missed.” Rolling Stone, 28 Feb. 2022, https://www.rollingstone.com/politics/politics-features/cpac2022-afpac-mtg-candace-owens-trump-1314137/.

“Sorry, Candace Owens, but Men Really Did Walk on the Moon.” Washington Examiner, 8 Feb. 2022, https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/opinion/op-eds/sorry-candace-owens-but-men-really-did-walk-on-the-moon.

“Trump and Candace Owens Push Jan 6 Conspiracy Theories.” Mediaite, 22 Dec. 2021, https://www.mediaite.com/news/trump-and-candace-owens-push-conspiracy-theories-about-capitol-riot-there-were-blm-and-antifa-people/.

Dan Evon is a former writer for Snopes.

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