Original Air date: September 9, 2017
Houston, We Have a Fake News Problem - Episode 11
In this episode Beth and Elizabeth dive in the hurricane of fake news that follows all natural disasters. Hurricane Harvey made landfall in Texas, according to a run down by the The Weather Channel:
That's the real news. Now onto the fake.
We start with a rundown of some of the fake photos floating around. Snopes has a great article that combines all the big hitters. (Shark and Alligator photo are pictured above)
All the photos pictured are fake or from a different storm/area/time.
Next we check out this photo, with help from Snopes article:
Do you see the MAGA hat?
We also review a meme about how many churches in Houston were open.
I don't want to spoil the surprise, but this meme is fake. It's from a satire site that needs to work on being funny.
Next up is a meme about August 29th. Ohhhhh. Scary...ily inaccurate.
You can find this gem through:
WE ARE NOT DONE. Just like the rain, the fake news didn't stop there. The news of upcoming storms also took a fake turn with fake weather forecasts.
We review two stories warning the public about pictures of fake weather forecasts making the rounds on Twitter.
Fake weather forecasts really made us mad. Like Hurricane mad. Good thing our mood doesn't control the weather. Apparently, it's the government....
The article: Engineered Climate Cataclysm: Hurricane Harvey
Outcome: Conspiracy Theory
Additional resources used:
Good old fashioned common sense. Tin foil hat recommended.
This episode was dedicated to the memory of Elizabeth's former teacher Reuben Jordan, who passed away while trying to help rescue people from high water during Hurricane Harvey. Mr. Jordan died a true hero, and was always a hero to students like Elizabeth.
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