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US Fact check: Image showing fly on Amy Coney Barrett’s shoulder during hearing posted as a joke

03:55  15 october  2020
03:55  15 october  2020 Source:   usatoday.com

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The claim: A fly landed on Judge Amy Coney Barrett’s shoulder during her Senate hearing

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A viral image appears to show a fly on Barrett’s shoulder as she sat during the first day of her Senate hearings. A timestamp in the top left corner of the images reveals that it was taken at 2:08 p.m. ET on Capitol Hill.

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Original poster says it was a joke

Facebook user Kirby Taylor first posted the image at 2:16 p.m. Oct. 12.  She explained to USA TODAY that she had been watching the hearing at her home in rural Washington with the windows open when a fly landed on the screen. She took a photo and shared it online.

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"Is that a mis-placed lapel pin? Nope. A fly got in, and look where it landed," wrote Taylor. "The flies are on point this year. #mikepencesfly #coneybarrettfly #flygate"

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"Thanks to everyone who enjoyed it, for the shares and comments and likes, and now I'll go back to my knitting," she told USA TODAY. "See kids, Boomers can be funny too."

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Image goes viral and loses context

The image quickly spread across social platforms, even catching the eye of celebrity blogger Perez Hilton, who shared it on Facebook Oct. 13.

“Was this another fly or are my eyes seeing things????” wrote Hilton.

While some understood the post as a satirical reference to the VP debate, others seemed to take it literally.

“Why are there ANY flies in these indoor spaces!?” one commenter wrote.

“It looks real enough...” offered an article from Hollywood news and media site TheWrap as evidence.

TheWrap has since updated that article to clarify that the image was not real. The site has not yet responded to USA TODAY's request for comment.

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"It's sad to have such a developed sense of humor and sarcasm that one has to actually explain one's jokes," Taylor said. "Kinda takes the fun out of it."

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Video confirms there was no fly

The timestamp on the photo indicates a fly would have been visible on Barrett's shoulder at 2:08 p.m. EST. At that time, the Senate Judiciary Committee was hearing University of Notre Dame Professor Patricia O’Hara's testimony.

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Washington Post and PBS NewsHour footage of O’Hara’s testimony show Barrett without a fly on her shoulder. C-SPAN’s live stream of the proceedings shows there was no visible mark on Barrett’s shoulder at the minute timestamped as 2:08 pm EST.

USA TODAY has found no reports that there was a fly on Barrett’s shoulder at any point on the first day of her very high-profile, televised Senate confirmation hearing.

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Our rating: Satire

Although a fly did land on Vice President Mike Pence’s head during the Oct. 7 vice presidential debate, a fly did not land on Judge Amy Coney Barrett’s shoulder during the first day of her Senate confirmation hearingon Oct. 12. An image purporting to show that one did was meant to be satirical. The original poster and live streams of the proceeding confirm there was not a fly on Barrett’s shoulder during the first day of the hearing. We rate this claim SATIRE.

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Our fact-check sources:

  • USA TODAY, Oct. 7, "An unexpected guest: Fly lands on Mike Pence's head during debate, goes viral"
  • Kirby Taylor, Oct. 12, Facebook post
  • @SisterCelluloid, Oct. 13, tweet
  • Perez Hilton, Oct. 13, Facebook post
  • TheWrap, Oct. 13, "No, a Fly Didn’t Land on Amy Coney Barrett During Her Confirmation Hearing"
  • YouTube, Washington Post, Oct. 12, "First day of Amy Coney Barrett’s Supreme Court confirmation hearing - 10/12 (FULL LIVE STREAM)"
  • YouTube, PBS NewsHour, Oct. 12, "WATCH: Judge Amy Coney Barrett Supreme Court confirmation hearings - Day 1"
  • YouTube, C-SPAN, Oct. 12, "Confirmation hearing for Supreme Court nominee Judge Amy Coney Barrett (Day 1)"

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This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Fact check: Image showing fly on Amy Coney Barrett’s shoulder during hearing posted as a joke

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