Claim:   A video shows the Muslim world’s reaction to President Obama’s claim that climate change is threatening America.


FALSE


Example:   [Collected via e-mail, May 2015]


There is a Facebook video that claims the muslem world is reacting to the Presidents speech on Climate Change. It shows leaders of the muslem world speaking in a language that is not English and has subtitles of what they are saying. The subtitles have very unflattering remarks about the President.

 

Origins: On 20 May 2015, the YouTube channel iPhone Conservative uploaded a video that combined President Obama’s commencement address at the United States Coast Guard Academy and a subtitled segment from an unidentified foreign talk show:

While the description for the above-displayed video did not specifically state that the foreign language portion of the video was incorrectly subtitled for humorous effect, the description did mention “Poe’s Law“:



Without a winking smiley or other blatant display of humour, it is impossible to create a parody of fundamentalism that someone won’t mistake for the real thing.

Unsurprisingly, many people were fooled by the above-displayed video and thought that it actually showed the “Muslim world’s reaction” to Obama’s claim that climate change is a serious threat to the United States.

On 22 May 2015, iPhone Conservative added a comment underneath this YouTube video to clarify that the subtitles did not provide an accurate translation:



Folks, this a spoof. It was never intended to be taken as a legitimate news report. Obviously two things are at play here. One, I did the job too well. Two, we have come to the stage in the Obama presidency where quite literally anything is possible.

Last updated:   26 May 2015