Fact check: Purported Fox News segment on ‘gay hypnosis’ is a hoax

Fabricated screenshots of TV information tales have been circulating on-line for years. One current addition is a purported screenshot of a Fox Information phase that includes Tucker Carlson.

A tweet shared in an Aug. 21 Facebook post reveals a supposed phase on Carlson’s prime-time present. The information chyron within the tweet reads, “Straight males turning homo after ‘homosexual hypnosis.'”


“What the hell is occurring,” reads the tweet’s caption.

The Fb submit garnered greater than 2,600 shares inside its first 4 days. The original Aug. 20 tweet garnered greater than 109,200 likes in its first 5 days. Comparable viral iterations have been shared on Facebook and Twitter.

However Fox Information by no means aired the phase. A Fox Information spokesperson mentioned the picture is a hoax.

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USA TODAY reached out to consumer who shared the submit on Twitter, they usually mentioned they photoshopped the picture.

Screenshot is fabricated

A Fox Information spokesperson mentioned the picture isn’t actual.

The purported Fox Information phase does not appear on the network’s website.

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The picture was additionally debunked by Reuters.

Our ranking: Altered

Based mostly on our analysis, we charge ALTERED a picture that supposedly reveals a Fox Information phase on “homosexual hypnosis.” A Fox Information spokesperson mentioned the picture isn’t actual, and the consumer who tweeted the picture mentioned they photoshopped it.

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