NOT REAL NEWS: A look at what didn'' t occur today

Saturday, Aug. 5, 2017|12:37 p.m.

. A roundup of a few of the most popular, however totally false, headings of the week. None of these stories are legitimate, even though they were shared commonly on social media. The Associated Press examined these out; here are the real facts:

NOT REAL: NPR: 25 Million Votes For Clinton ‘Entirely Fake’ – She Lost Popular Vote

THE FACTS: The heading incorrectly explains the essence of a National Public Radio story published 4 years before the 2016 governmental election. It cited a Seat study, which was launched in 2012 and based in part on 2008 results, that discovered 24 million registrations were invalid or unreliable. The research study found no evidence of fraud and suggested the unreliable records were the result of old voter registration systems that left dead people on voter rolls or didn’t drop individuals when they moved. Hillary Clinton lost to Donald Trump in the 2016 governmental election, however she won the popular vote by almost 2.9 million votes, according to an Associated Press count. The heading and story very first circulated in January and was shared widely on sites like and in recent weeks.



THE REALITIES: The Perseid meteor shower, peaking the nights of Aug. 11-12, won’t come close to setting any records. The head of NASA’s meteoroid environment workplace, Expense Cooke, informs the AP that astronomers are projecting a slightly greater than typical shower rate with 150 meteors per hour throughout the Northern Hemisphere. However the brightness of the moon will wash out the finer Perseids, suggesting 30 to 40 meteors an hour will be visible. The shower will not even break in 2015’s rate of 200 meteors per hour. The brightest outburst– an approximated 100,000 meteors an hour– happened throughout the Leonids of 1833.


NOT REAL: BREAKING: Seven ships are preparing for Muslims’ massive deportation next week

THE FACTS: Several hoax sites flashed this heading and another discussing 10 airplanes getting ready for a huge deportation, with images. Clicking on the heading results in no details. The ships pictured were recognized as part of a British cruise line.


NOT REAL: BREAKING: Trump Eliminates Muslim Federal Judge For Enabling Sharia In America

A story on and similar stories on other sites claim a judge named Hansam al Alallawalahi-Smith made judgments permitting “tenets of Sharia Law” to be practiced in Dearborn, Michigan, and that Trump removed him from office. The story states the judge deals with the 22nd Circuit Court of Appeals, which does not exist at the federal level. It is accompanied by an image of a genuine judge, but he’s from Florida and has a various name. Finally, the Constitution states impeachment– not presidential executive orders– as the technique for eliminating federal judges.


NOT REAL: Oprah Winfrey is pregnant with first kid at 62

THE FACTS: Websites have actually incorrectly claimed the performer and way of life master is pregnant returning two years. A spokeswoman validated that the widely shared story was when again not real. The false report declared Winfrey prepared to name the kid after her friend Gayle King if she gave birth to a lady and Harpo, the name of her production business, if it was a boy. The headline also has Winfrey’s age incorrect: She is 63.

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