clear
Friday January 19th, 2018 10:12PM

NOT REAL NEWS: A look at what didn't happen this week

By The Associated Press
Related Articles
  Contact Editor

A roundup of some of the most popular, but completely untrue, headlines of the week. None of these stories are legit, even though they were shared widely on social media. The Associated Press checked these out; here are the real facts:

NOT REAL: Oprah Winfrey on Racism "Old White People Need to Die"

THE FACTS: Dozens of stories that circulated after Winfrey sparked presidential speculation with a speech on gender inequality at the Golden Globes misquote her from a 2013 BBC interview discussing racism. In the interview , Winfrey was asked if the problem of racism had been solved, and she said it had not. Where she grew up in the South, she said, "there are still generations of people, older people who were born and bred and marinated in it, in that prejudice and racism, and they just have to die." She did not name white people or older white people in the interview.

____

NOT REAL: Sweden Is Preparing For A "Civil War": PM Wants To Deploy Army In No-Go Zones

THE FACTS: Sweden does not have "no-go" zones that ban civilians from movement, despite a claim made in multiple pieces on Sweden after recent gang violence in big cities. Prime Minister Stefan Lofven said this week he was prepared to bring in the military if needed to quell unrest, but he said nothing about banning travel or movement. Several other stories about a "war manual" sprang up after Sweden announced it would re-issue a Cold War-era civil emergency advice booklet because of Russia's intensified military maneuvers. It said nothing about civil war.

____

NOT REAL: Police Find 19 White Female Bodies In Freezers With "Black Lives Matter" Carved Into Skin - TRENDING

THE FACTS: This false story has had a few incarnations over the past two years, alternately in Los Angeles or Chicago; an early version in 2016 reported a dozen bodies were found in instead of 19. Chicago Police Department spokesman Frank Giancamilli said there is no truth to the story, which describes police discovering the bodies in the basement of a home that neighbors had complained about. It quotes Chicago Police Lt. Kyle Jennings; Giancamilli says no one by that name works for the department.

____

NOT REAL: Secret Service Agent Charged With Arson And Destruction Of Evidence For Clinton Compound Fire

THE FACTS: The false story published by the conservative Patriot Post follows a round of stories that said hard drives were destroyed in a Jan. 3 fire at the Chappaqua, New York, home of Bill and Hillary Clinton. No charges were filed against anyone after the small fire in a building next to the former president's home. Authorities say an electrical short caused the small fire in a bathroom ceiling.

____

NOT REAL: Prince Harry says Donald Trump is not welcome at his wedding: 'Trump is a serious threat to human rights'

THE FACTS: No guest list has been announced for the royal wedding of Harry and Meghan Markle, which is set for May 19 at Windsor Castle, and Harry has made no public remarks about Trump's human rights record. The story recirculated this week on some sites and first was published after the heir and Markle announced their engagement in November. The AP's Not Real News previously debunked a false story that Queen Elizabeth had banned former President Barack Obama and wife Michelle Obama from the wedding.

___

This is part of The Associated Press' ongoing effort to fact-check misinformation that is shared widely online, including work with Facebook to identify and reduce the circulation of false stories on the platform.

___

Find all AP Fact Checks here: https://www.apnews.com/tag/APFactCheck

  • Associated Categories: U.S. News, Associated Press (AP), AP Sports, AP Online Football, AP National News, Top U.S. News short headlines, Top General short headlines, College Sports, AP Entertainment, APOnline Celebrity News, AP Online - Georgia News, AP Sports - College Football
© Copyright 2018 AccessWDUN.com
All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed without permission.
Texas tycoon T. Boone Pickens shutters energy hedge fund
Oil tycoon T. Boone Pickens is closing his Dallas energy-focused hedge fund after what he described as "one hell of a roller coaster ride."
1:09PM ( 24 minutes ago )
US VP Pence, Poland's PM exchange invites to visit
U.S. Vice President Mike Pence and Poland's Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki have exchanged invitations to visit and the details are to be worked out soon.
1:09PM ( 25 minutes ago )
Core inflation jumped a sharp 0.3 percent in December
Core inflation posted 0.3 percent increase in December, the biggest rise in 11 months
1:04PM ( 29 minutes ago )
Associated Press (AP)
Josh Donaldson agrees to $23M, 1-year deal with Blue Jays
Third baseman Josh Donaldson and the Toronto Blue Jays agreed to a $23 million, one-year contact, a $6 million raise for the 2015 AL MVP.
12:25PM ( 1 hour ago )
Billie Jean King backs calls to rename Margaret Court Arena
Billie Jean King backs the call to rename Margaret Court Arena after Courts negative comments about the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community
11:58AM ( 1 hour ago )
Panthers hire Norv Turner as new offensive coordinator
The Panthers have hired Norv Turner as offensive coordinator
11:18AM ( 2 hours ago )
AP Sports
10 Things to Know for Today
Among 10 Things to Know: Trump dismisses Haiti, African countries with vulgarity; Trump poised for first medical check-up as president; Bill Cosby's next trial will carry the weight of the 'MeToo' movement
6:26AM ( 7 hours ago )
Life around football prepares Gutekunst for Packers GM job
A life around football has prepared Brian Gutekunst for his new job as the general manger of the Green Bay Packers
2:48AM ( 10 hours ago )
The case for Keenum: Vikings QB keeps on disproving doubters
The case for Keenum: Unexpected Vikings quarterback keeps on disproving doubters
2:42AM ( 10 hours ago )
AP Online Football
No. 3 Louisville women dominate No. 2 Notre Dame 100-67
Durr and Hines-Allen combine for 67 points, No. 3 Louisville rolls past No. 2 Notre Dame 100-67 in ACC showdown
11:44PM ( 13 hours ago )
Young college try: Boeser, Keller impress as NHL rookies
College products Brock Boeser and Clayton Keller are impressing as NHL rookies
2:37AM ( 1 day ago )
Booth scores 21, No. 1 Villanova routs No. 10 Xavier 89-65
Phil Booth hit five 3s and scored 21 points and Jalen Brunson had 17 to lead No. 1 Villanova to an 89-65 win over Xavier on Wednesday night
11:10PM ( 1 day ago )
College Sports
Doreen Tracey, an original Disney Mouseketeer, dies at 74
Doreen Tracey, a child star who played one of the original cute-as-a-button Mouseketeers on "The Mickey Mouse Club" in the 1950s, has died at 74
12:09PM ( 1 hour ago )
Fogerty irked 'Proud Mary' film borrows from his song's name
John Fogerty says he's annoyed that Taraji P. Henson's new film, 'Proud Mary,' borrows from his popular song's name without his involvement
11:52AM ( 1 hour ago )
Mudslides claim couple married 50 years, real estate agent
A couple married for more than 50 years and had just celebrated his 89th birthday are among victims of California mudslides
11:52AM ( 1 hour ago )
AP Entertainment
Eurovision winner Sobral has successful heart transplant
Eurovision Song Contest winner Salvador Sobral has left a Portuguese hospital after a successful heart transplant
8:30AM ( 5 hours ago )
Actresses, shows about women win big at Critics' Choice
Shows about women win big at 23rd annual Critics' Choice Awards
7:11AM ( 6 hours ago )
Bill Cosby's next trial will carry weight of #MeToo movement
Bill Cosby's retrial will carry weight of the #MeToo movement, and it's on the comedian's mind
1:56AM ( 11 hours ago )
APOnline Celebrity News
AP Online - Georgia News
Iowa coach Ferentz faces an unusual rival: his neighbors
Iowa Coach Kirk Ferentz is preparing to battle an unlikely off-season opponent: his next-door neighbors
12:08PM ( 2 days ago )
Titans confident with Marcus Mariota doing bit of everything
Marcus Mariota is a winner. The 2014 Heisman Trophy winner always has been, even if his Titans weren't winning. Now Tennessee's third-year quarterback is healthy and doing a bit of everything to lead the Titans to victories when it matters most.
7:47PM ( 2 days ago )
The Latest: Alabama beats Georgia 26-23 in OT for title
The Latest: Real-time updates from the national championship game between Alabama and Georgia
12:15AM ( 3 days ago )
AP Sports - College Football
Texas tycoon T. Boone Pickens shutters energy hedge fund
Oil tycoon T. Boone Pickens is closing his Dallas energy-focused hedge fund after what he described as "one hell of a roller coaster ride."
1:09PM ( 24 minutes ago )
US VP Pence, Poland's PM exchange invites to visit
U.S. Vice President Mike Pence and Poland's Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki have exchanged invitations to visit and the details are to be worked out soon.
1:09PM ( 25 minutes ago )
Core inflation jumped a sharp 0.3 percent in December
Core inflation posted 0.3 percent increase in December, the biggest rise in 11 months
1:04PM ( 29 minutes ago )
A look at Facebook's changes over the years in what you see
A look at Facebook's changes over the years in light of the company's latest move to focus on personal connections over published articles and videos.
1:03PM ( 30 minutes ago )
Trump's immigration remarks lambasted from left and right
President Donald Trump is denying using certain vulgar "language" amid fury over his comments during a meeting with lawmakers trying to hash out an immigration
12:58PM ( 35 minutes ago )