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Sun Feb 10, 2019, 02:13 PM

trump supporter spreads fake news about NC governor, yearbook photo

A page for Gov. Ralph Northam in the 1984 Eastern Virginia Medical School yearbook features a photo of a man in blackface and another man in Ku Klux Klan robes. Northam, a Democrat, apologized for the photo on Feb. 1, then later claimed neither man is him.

In North Carolina, similar racist images in the 1979 UNC yearbook emerged on social media. At least one political activist, prompted by a story published in a British news organization, tried to tie the blackface scandal to the N.C. Governor’s Mansion.

Here are the facts, as of Feb. 8:
To date, there’s no evidence that Cooper has ever appeared in a racist photo. A tweet crediting the Daily Mail with such news is false.
Cooper wasn’t in the same fraternity whose yearbook page included the racist photos.
Cooper’s fraternity was integrated and known for promoting inclusion, according to at least one of its members.
To detect fake news, readers can look for specific things when they encounter questionable claims. In this case, the false claim about Cooper apparently evolved from a misleading headline.
A FALSE TWEET

On Feb. 7, conservative activist Jacob Wohl tweeted the 1979 photo of the UNC students in the white robes and blackface.

"BREAKING: Racist picture of Democrat North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper emerges just days after he called on Ralph Northam to resign - Daily Mail," Wohl tweeted. He didn’t include a link to his source, nor did he respond to a question from PolitiFact.

As of Feb. 8, PolitiFact isn’t aware of any photo of the governor in racist attire. PolitiFact found no Daily Mail story that specifically implicates the governor. The Daily Mail’s headline is misleading, but its story doesn’t support Wohl’s statement.

Nonetheless, Wohl’s tweet was retweeted by 3,000 accounts and likely seen by thousands more. Wohl has more than 181,000 followers.

After his tweet, several Twitter accounts repeated Wohl’s claim.

A HISTORY OF MISINFORMATION

Wohl has a history of making dubious claims. He recently claimed that Democratic presidential candidate Kamala Harris, a senator from California, is ineligible to run for president. PolitiFact rated his claim Pants on Fire.

Wohl’s Twitter account might not raise red flags on first glance. He has a "verified" Twitter account, has hundreds of thousands of followers and is constantly tweeting.

So how would anybody be able to guess that the account is spreading misinformation? Wohl doesn’t link to the original Daily Mail article which, while misleading, clarifies that Cooper is not in the photo whatsoever.

A quick Google search with keywords including "Cooper" and "blackface" tell a different story than the one Wohl presents. Headlines from mainstream news outlets focus on the fact that these photos are associated with the university and not the governor.

It’s also important to know who the source is, and that can be done with another Google search. NBC News has described Wohl as a "pro-Trump conspiracy peddler."

If there are statements or claims you’re unsure of, send them to us through our tip page or email us.

OUR RATING

Wohl tweeted, "Racist picture of Democrat North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper emerges just days after he called on Ralph Northam to resign - DAILY MAIL." To date, there’s no evidence that any image of Cooper in racist garb exists. And, while the Daily Mail’s headline about old UNC photos was misleading, the company didn’t make the claim described by Wohl. We rate this Pants on Fire.

This story was produced by the North Carolina Fact-Checking Project, a partnership of McClatchy Carolinas, the Duke University Reporters’ Lab and PolitiFact. The NC Local News Lab Fund and the International Center for Journalists provide support for the project, which shares fact-checks with newsrooms statewide. To offer ideas for fact checks, email factcheck@newsobserver.com.
https://www.politifact.com/north-carolina/statements/2019/feb/08/jacob-wohl/trump-supporter-spreads-fake-news-about-nc-governo/

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Reply trump supporter spreads fake news about NC governor, yearbook photo (Original post)
LavenderGirl Feb 2019 OP
freedumb2003 Feb 2019 #1
LavenderGirl Feb 2019 #6
Daves Not Here Man Feb 2019 #2
LavenderGirl Feb 2019 #4
Daves Not Here Man Feb 2019 #7
LavenderGirl Feb 2019 #13
imwithfred Feb 2019 #22
Qukid Feb 2019 #25
Salaam Feb 2019 #29
Da Mannn Feb 2019 #3
Banshee 3 Actual Feb 2019 #5
Dumper Feb 2019 #8
Nostrings Feb 2019 #9
Magyar Heidinn Feb 2019 #10
blue Feb 2019 #11
LavenderGirl Feb 2019 #14
blue Feb 2019 #15
LavenderGirl Feb 2019 #16
blue Feb 2019 #18
LavenderGirl Feb 2019 #19
blue Feb 2019 #23
JaimeBondoJr Feb 2019 #12
imwithfred Feb 2019 #21
nolidad Feb 2019 #17
LavenderGirl Feb 2019 #20
blue Feb 2019 #24
brew9876 Feb 2019 #28
safestuffer Feb 2019 #26
nolidad Feb 2019 #31
rahtruelies Feb 2019 #27
Grumpy Pickle Feb 2019 #30

Response to LavenderGirl (Original post)

Sun Feb 10, 2019, 02:15 PM

1. and?

 

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Response to LavenderGirl (Original post)

Sun Feb 10, 2019, 02:17 PM

2. *snicker*

you are going to upset a certain poster who is prone to meltdowns.

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Response to Daves Not Here Man (Reply #2)

Sun Feb 10, 2019, 02:18 PM

4. What's new? Peggy lies. All the time.

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Response to LavenderGirl (Reply #4)

Sun Feb 10, 2019, 02:20 PM

7. whew..my typing skills are failing the sicker I get.

my bad.

this is what I was talking about.

https://www.discussionist.com/10151936587

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Response to Daves Not Here Man (Reply #7)

Sun Feb 10, 2019, 02:35 PM

13. Yup. That's why I posted this fact checking OP


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Response to LavenderGirl (Reply #4)

Sun Feb 10, 2019, 03:39 PM

22. ".....What's new? Peggy lies. All the time....."

Oh now, Mumbly's a nice guy, one of the nicest guys one can ever hope to meet.

You'd find life a great deal more agreeable if you liked people, rather than hated them.

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Response to imwithfred (Reply #22)

Sun Feb 10, 2019, 04:15 PM

25. What a load.

You're shoveling that from the floor of the cave.

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Response to LavenderGirl (Reply #4)

Sun Feb 10, 2019, 09:00 PM

29. Commies everywhere.

Commies under the bed.

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Response to LavenderGirl (Original post)

Sun Feb 10, 2019, 02:17 PM

3. Lefty cannot handle the fact that all documented racist acts link to Lefty

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Response to LavenderGirl (Original post)

Sun Feb 10, 2019, 02:19 PM

5. Democratic Congressman spreads fake news that trump cause Dem Gov Northams racism


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So to recap according to the Democratic congressman, president trump is responsible for Democratic governor Northams racism back in 1984


Dear god a time traveling trump

Imagine the pussy he could grab?

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Response to LavenderGirl (Original post)

Sun Feb 10, 2019, 02:22 PM

8. AND, 50% of Virginians don't want their Gov to resign!

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Response to LavenderGirl (Original post)

Sun Feb 10, 2019, 02:24 PM

9. Now do cnns brian 'tater' stelter.

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Response to LavenderGirl (Original post)

Sun Feb 10, 2019, 02:29 PM

10. Somebody should really give a shit. Good luck

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Response to LavenderGirl (Original post)

Sun Feb 10, 2019, 02:31 PM

11. WAY too many words about something that doesn't matter.

At all.

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Response to blue (Reply #11)

Sun Feb 10, 2019, 02:37 PM

14. It apparently matters to the poster who posted the false info:

https://www.discussionist.com/10151936587

I understand that most people here, just like trump, are turned off by "way too many words". This graphic should suffice.

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Response to LavenderGirl (Reply #14)

Sun Feb 10, 2019, 02:55 PM

15. Just type Orange Man Bad...

and "this article is biased and full of lies". That's how I read all of your posts.

Way less words, same message.

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Response to blue (Reply #15)

Sun Feb 10, 2019, 03:07 PM

16. The OP isn't about trump.

It's fact checking a FAKE NEWS post on this forum.

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Response to LavenderGirl (Reply #16)

Sun Feb 10, 2019, 03:09 PM

18. You? Fact checking?

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Response to LavenderGirl (Reply #19)

Sun Feb 10, 2019, 03:44 PM

23. Still don't care.

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Response to LavenderGirl (Original post)

Sun Feb 10, 2019, 02:34 PM

12. Yawn...

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Response to JaimeBondoJr (Reply #12)

Sun Feb 10, 2019, 03:36 PM

21. "Yawn" is right.

Apparently the Demos, primitives, and the effete snobbish lorgnette-and-pearls crowd here have forgotten all about a certain television newscaster and some made-up memos which if undetected would've caused far more damage than this.

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Response to LavenderGirl (Original post)

Sun Feb 10, 2019, 03:07 PM

17. So a two bit political hack spread a false story!!!!



That only puts the right about 10,000,000 false stories behind the left! And that is only since they spread the lie that Reagan would have the elderly eat pet food!

Teh big difference? The right does it with small time hacks- the left uses their politicians and POTUS wannabees!

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Response to nolidad (Reply #17)

Sun Feb 10, 2019, 03:21 PM

20. You shouldn't call one of DI's most prolific posters "a two bit political hack"

But they do like to spread FAKE NEWS.
https://www.discussionist.com/?com=view_post&forum=1015&pid=1936587

***Wohl’s tweet was retweeted by 3,000 accounts and likely seen by thousands more. Wohl has more than 181,000 followers.

After his tweet, several Twitter accounts repeated Wohl’s claim.***

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Response to blue (Reply #24)

Sun Feb 10, 2019, 07:31 PM

28. Oh the irony of lg claiming someone lied.

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Response to LavenderGirl (Reply #20)

Sun Feb 10, 2019, 05:27 PM

26. https://www.discussionist.com/10151936969

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Response to LavenderGirl (Reply #20)

Tue Feb 12, 2019, 08:45 AM

31. So what is his name here at DI?

But you know why when someone who is right of center does stuff like this is news?

Because it happens so rarely in comparison to the lies those left of center spread daily! So yes they do stand out because of that!

As long as Russian Collusion, Obstruction and all the other lies Schiff, Mueller, Waters, Shumer et.al. vomit out daily-anything the right does pales in comparison.

My favorite lie the left has been spewing for over 40 years now:

Unborn are not people according to the lie. I should say for over 160 years! For they used that same lie to justify keeping slaves as well!

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Response to LavenderGirl (Original post)

Sun Feb 10, 2019, 07:12 PM

27. npc alert

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Response to LavenderGirl (Original post)

Mon Feb 11, 2019, 02:51 AM

30. Did you have lunch with RBG today, LG ?

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