Fact check: Fake image shows ‘gay hypnosis’ segment on cable outlet – USA TODAY

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The claim: Image shows Fox News segment on “gay hypnosis”

Fabricated screenshots of TV news stories have been circulating online for years. One recent addition is a purported screenshot of a Fox News segment featuring Tucker Carlson.

A tweet shared in an Aug. 21 Facebook post shows a supposed segment on Carlson’s prime-time show. The news chyron in the tweet reads, “Straight men turning homo after ‘gay hypnosis.'” 

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

The Facebook post garnered more than 2,600 shares within its first four days. The original Aug. 20 tweet garnered more than 109,200 likes in its first five days. Similar viral iterations have been shared on Facebook and Twitter.

But Fox News never aired the segment. A Fox News spokesperson said the image is a hoax.

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USA TODAY reached out to user who shared the post on Twitter, and they said they photoshopped the image.

Screenshot is fabricated

A Fox News spokesperson said the image is not real. 

The purported Fox News segment does not appear on the network’s website.

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The image was also debunked by Reuters.

Our rating: Altered

Based on our research, we rate ALTERED an image that supposedly shows a Fox News segment on “gay hypnosis.” A Fox News spokesperson said the image is not real, and the user who tweeted the image said they photoshopped it. 

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