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US Fact check: False claim that Dr. Anthony Fauci arrested uses doctored and out of context photos

04:15  23 september  2020
04:15  23 september  2020 Source:   usatoday.com

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The claim: Fauci was arrested for COVID-19 conspiracy, as reported by USA TODAY

Anthony S. Fauci wearing a suit and tie: Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, says a coronavirus vaccine could come earlier than expected. © Provided by USA TODAY Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, says a coronavirus vaccine could come earlier than expected.

A post on Facebook, seemingly tied to QAnon conspiracy theories, claims that Dr. Anthony Fauci was arrested for conspiracy.

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“BOOM! BOOM!” the post reads, accompanied by a number of emojis. “The COVID-19 masquerade is coming to a close. The key pawn, dr. Fauci, he was arrested. The domino takes its course. Long life Donald Trump THE PRESIDENT OF USA!!”

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The post was hashtagged #WWG1WGA, which is commonly found on QAnon-adjacent posts.

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Fauci wasn't arrested

Dr. Anthony Fauci has not been arrested.

The photo used in the post as evidence of Fauci’s arrest was first used in an article by The Onion, a well-known satire site. The article is titled “Trump Administration Plants 137,000 Corpses In Fauci’s Bed To Frame Him For Coronavirus Deaths.”

A picture of Fauci’s face, which appears to be this one photographed by the Associated Press, is edited on the body of a person being arrested.

A spokesperson for the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease, where Fauci works, confirmed that he has not been arrested and that the post’s contents are not true.

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Photo alters ‘Back to the Future’ USA TODAY Oct. 2015 paper

a close up of a newspaper: USA TODAY's Back to the Future tribute © USA TODAY USA TODAY's Back to the Future tribute

The second photo in the post shows a picture of a futuristic looking USA TODAY newspaper, the leading headlines reading “Dr Fauci Arrested for Seditious Conspiracy” and “COVID-19 Hoax!”

The image is doctored – but the futuristic look is intentional, as the screengrab comes straight from the movie "Back to the Future II." The USA TODAY front page on display in the movie is dated Oct. 22, 2015, its headline announcing main character Marty McFly’s (yet-to-be) son’s arrest.

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Our rating: False

We rate the claim that Dr. Anthony Fauci was arrested and USA TODAY reported on it as FALSE because it was not supported by our research. An NIAID representative confirmed to USA TODAY that Fauci was not arrested, and the post’s images were doctored. The photo claiming USA TODAY reported on Fauci’s arrest is a photoshopped image of the newspaper’s Back to the Future issue.

Our fact-check sources:

  • CBS News, Aug. 2, 2018, What is the QAnon conspiracy theory?
  • The Onion, July 13, Trump Administration Plants 137,000 Corpses In Fauci’s Bed To Frame Him For Coronavirus Deaths
  • NPR, July 30, Dr. Anthony Fauci To Throw First Pitch For Washington Nationals' Season Opener
  • Email with NIAID spokesperson
  • USA TODAY, July 22, Fact check: Viral photo shows Obama, Fauci visiting NIH lab in 2014, not a 'Wuhan lab' in 2015
  • USA TODAY, Sept. 11, Fact check: Moderna post makes false claims about Fauci, Gates, Soros, Epstein
  • USA TODAY, Aug. 23, Fact check: 'Plandemic II' alleges false conspiracy theory involving CDC, NIH; pandemic not planned
  • Quartz, Oct. 21, 2015, This is the cover of USA Today for “Back to the Future” day
  • USA TODAY, Oct. 22, 2015, Fans race to get 'Back to the Future' paper
  • USA TODAY, Sept. 22, Debunked QAnon conspiracy theories are seeping into mainstream social media. Don't be fooled.
  • USA TODAY, Sept. 1, How QAnon and other dark forces are radicalizing Americans as the COVID-19 pandemic rages and election looms

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[ DR . SANJAY] GUPTA: And, Dr . Fauci , I want to echo what Anderson said as well. Thank you very much for your service. People may not know this, Dr . Fauci is 79 years old and, I mean, you have the energy I think many of us emulate. Let me ask one more question though about this testing.

We've now fact checked that claim , and found it to be baseless. We've also looked at a claim made by This week, fact checkers at India Today found that a photo of Mr Gates and top US infectious disease expert This picture, which shows Dr Fauci and Mr Gates walking side by side, was taken

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