A fake screencap– supposedly of a tweet sent by CNN host Jake Tapper— made the rounds on Wednesday morning on alt-right and pro-WikiLeaks Twitter.
In the fake tweet, Tapper supposedly called for the execution of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange. Needless to say, he didn’t actually say anything of the sort (and the blurriness of parts of the image makes that obvious). But that didn’t stop the image from going viral.
— Dante (@fireondemand1) March 8, 2017
— DeplorableMidwestGal (@gal_deplorable) March 8, 2017
— 🎙TruthMatters🎙 (@JeffMontes5) March 8, 2017
Demonstrating what today’s media is really about, Jake Tapper calls for the assassination of the one source of true news. pic.twitter.com/0XYVmw7dbe
— Philip Schuyler (@FiveRights) March 8, 2017
JAKE TAPPER UNHINGED
— Boca Vista (@bocavista2016) March 8, 2017
And so on. Eventually Tapper weighed in and confirmed that the screencap was fake.
— Jake Tapper (@jaketapper) March 8, 2017
The false story comes after alt-right Twitter users also spread audio claiming that it was Tapper using a racial slur. In fact, it was audio of Dog the Bounty Hunter.
[Image via screengrab]
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