Friday July 3rd, 2020 10:11AM

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: Whataburger files for bankruptcy; all locations to close by August 1.

THE FACTS: The Texas-based fast food chain has taken to social media to quash a series of false stories claiming it was going out of business. When clicked, the stories inform the reader that the headline is a prank. Nevertheless, Whataburger posted messages on Facebook and Twitter on Wednesday saying the article "is a hoax" and "we aren't going anywhere."

___

NOT REAL: UNREAL: A Drastic INCREASE Of Monthly Payments - Social Security Recipients Delighted

THE FACTS: Stories posted by several conservative-leaning sites credit President Donald Trump with boosting Social Security payments earlier this year. A cost-of-living adjustment for Social Security payouts with a 0.3 percent increase did go into effect in January, but it was announced in October , weeks before Trump was elected.

___

NOT REAL: Italian Investigators Confirmed: Obama Used Fake Birth Certificate

THE FACTS: A story based on former Arizona sheriff Joe Arpaio's conclusion that former President Barack Obama's Hawaiian birth certificate is a forgery has been shared by several conservative-leaning websites. The account doesn't elaborate on the supposed Italian investigation. Hawaii officials have repeatedly confirmed Obama's citizenship. In 2012, they said Arpaio's allegations are "untrue, misinformed, and misconstrue Hawaii law."

___

NOT REAL: Pence Calls Gays To Voluntarily Quit Jobs With God-Fearing Employers "So We Can Avoid Laws That Reject Them"

THE FACTS: This article from the Newslo group of admitted satire sites first published in November claims that during an interview with Fox News, then-Vice President-elect Mike Pence called on gays to quit working so they won't get fired by conservative employers. There's no evidence such an interview exists. Newslo bills itself as "the first hybrid News/Satire platform on the web."

___

NOT REAL: A Man Just Caught A Giant Great White On the Great Lakes!

THE FACTS: This story about a fisherman catching a massive great white shark in Lake Michigan has been floating around in online circles for more than a year. It claims the U.S. Coast Guard commented that the fish could explain the disappearance of hundreds of people. Coast Guard spokesman Chris Yaw tells the AP the agency never said such a thing and the story is a work of fiction.

___

This weekly fixture is part of The Associated Press' ongoing efforts to fact-check claims in suspected false news stories.

___

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

  • Associated Categories: U.S. News, Associated Press (AP), AP National News, AP Online National News, Top U.S. News short headlines, Top General short headlines, AP Online Headlines - Washington, AP Online Congress News, AP Entertainment, APOnline Celebrity News, AP Business
© Copyright 2020 AccessWDUN.com
All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed without permission.
Fergie is no longer in the Black Eyed Peas, sort of
Black Eyed Peas leader will.i.am said in a recent interview that Fergie is no longer in the group, but later said Fergie "will always be a Pea," comments that caused a frenzy online
12:26PM ( 11 minutes ago )
The Latest: Griffin says she's under Secret Service inquiry
The Latest: Kathy Griffin says she's under Secret Service investigation over severed head photo shoot featuring President Donald Trump's severed head
12:24PM ( 14 minutes ago )
NOT REAL NEWS: A look at what didn't happen this week
NOT REAL NEWS: A look at what didn't happen this week
12:20PM ( 18 minutes ago )
Associated Press (AP)
The Latest: Lawmaker says several killed in Kabul protest
Lawmaker says several protesters killed in Kabul during protest over security in Afghan capital
11:51AM ( 46 minutes ago )
The Latest: Military rejects IS claim of Manila attack
The Philippine military has rejected the Islamic State group's claim of responsibility for an attack on a Manila casino complex in which 36 people died
11:48AM ( 50 minutes ago )
More Griffin shows canceled, Franken dis-invites comedian
More Kathy Griffin shows have been canceled as backlash over her video grows.
11:36AM ( 1 hour ago )
AP National News
The Latest: Islamic State group claims Manila casino attack
Relatives are rushing to funeral homes to see the remains of their loved ones who died in a fire set by a gunman who robbed a Manila casino
10:10AM ( 2 hours ago )
UK police search car in Manchester attack investigation
British police investigating the Manchester Arena attack have cordoned off an area around a car they believe may be significant to the investigation
9:17AM ( 3 hours ago )
The Latest: Pence says climate decision is 'refreshing'
Vice President Mike Pence says President Donald Trump's decision to abandon the climate change pact is "refreshing."
8:54AM ( 3 hours ago )
AP Online National News
The Latest: Sen. Al Franken dis-invites Kathy Griffin
Sen. Al Franken has dis-invited Kathy Griffin from an event promoting his new book, "Giant of the Senate," the latest fallout after the comedian posed with a likeness of President Donald Trump's severed head.
11:52AM ( 46 minutes ago )
Ariana Grande's Manchester benefit airing on Disney channels
Disney says its networks will air Ariana Grande's "One Love Manchester" benefit on Sunday
10:13AM ( 2 hours ago )
The Latest: More venues cancel Kathy Griffin shows
Kathy Griffin and her attorney have scheduled a news conference for Friday morning to discuss the fallout from the comedian posing with a likeness of President Donald Trump's severed head
10:07AM ( 2 hours ago )
AP Entertainment
The Latest: JaVale McGee arrives at arena wearing Shaq hat
It's unclear if JaVale McGee was trying to send a message when he arrived at Oracle Arena for Game 1 of the NBA Finals
8:09PM ( 16 hours ago )
It's a girl? Serena Williams lauds baby gender 'surprise'
Serena Williams wants everyone to slow down with all of that "It's a girl!" talk prompted by her sister Venus
5:28PM ( 19 hours ago )
Cyndi Lauper to receive Logo's 2017 Trailblazer Honor
Cyndi Lauper named one of the 2017 recipients of Logo's Trailblazer Honors for her advocacy for the LGBT community
2:04PM ( 22 hours ago )
APOnline Celebrity News
Putin ridicules claims of meddling in US vote
President Vladimir Putin has ridiculed the allegations of Russian meddling in U.S. elections, accusing the Democrats of trying to shift blame for their defeat and likening the accusations against Russia to anti-Semitism
11:20AM ( 1 hour ago )
US trade deficit rises to highest level since January
The U.S. trade deficit rose in April to the highest level since January as American exports rose and imports fell
10:33AM ( 2 hours ago )
The Latest: EU, China say Trump climate move a mistake
EU chief: EU, China believe Trump climate move a mistake
10:23AM ( 2 hours ago )
AP Business
Fergie is no longer in the Black Eyed Peas, sort of
Black Eyed Peas leader will.i.am said in a recent interview that Fergie is no longer in the group, but later said Fergie "will always be a Pea," comments that caused a frenzy online
12:26PM ( 11 minutes ago )
The Latest: Griffin says she's under Secret Service inquiry
The Latest: Kathy Griffin says she's under Secret Service investigation over severed head photo shoot featuring President Donald Trump's severed head
12:24PM ( 14 minutes ago )
Putin: Syria chemical attack was provocation against Assad
President Vladimir Putin says a chemical attack in Syria was a provocation against President Bashar Assad
12:18PM ( 20 minutes ago )
The Latest: Scientist warns US climate move short-sighted
A scientist who played a key role in international talks leading to the Paris accord says that pulling out the agreement will prove a significant loss to Americans who face rising sea levels, crop pests and more frequent heat waves.
12:11PM ( 27 minutes ago )
Google's Chrome browser to block some ads starting next year
Google says its Chrome browser will block ads on websites it deems too annoying for web users starting next year
12:10PM ( 28 minutes ago )