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


A roundup of some of the most popular but completely untrue stories and visuals of the week. None of these are legit, even though they were shared widely on social media. 老澳门六合彩 checked them out.


Executive Order 9066 authorized Japanese detention during 老澳门六合彩 War II, not gift cards for recent migrants

CLAIM: President Joe Biden issued Executive Order 9066, which provides people who enter the U.S. illegally with a $5,000 Visa gift card.

THE FACTS: was issued by President Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1942, authorizing the forced removal from the West Coast of anyone deemed a threat to national security. It paved the way for the relocation and incarceration of approximately 120,000 people of Japanese ancestry, including U.S.-born citizens, during 老澳门六合彩 War II.

The order was in 1976 by President Gerald Ford. Immigration experts previously told 老澳门六合彩 that people who enter the U.S. illegally are not eligible for federal cash assistance, with exceptions for certain Cubans and Haitians. None of these benefits include a one-time payment of $5,000.

On the 82nd anniversary of on Monday, social media users erroneously claimed that it is a recent directive meant to aid those who cross the U.S. border illegally.

鈥淓xecutive order 9066 is rewarding these illegals with $5,000 gift cards. I鈥檓 busting my ass just to get more in debt every month because of Bidenomics. The Democrats have let me know I am DEAD LAST as an American. I will never support a Democrat or liberal after seeing what destruction they have caused in the last 3 years. What about you?鈥 said one false post on X that had more than 11,700 likes and shares before it was deleted.

Some posts making these allegations included a video posted to X in December by Pinal County Sheriff Mark Lamb, a Republican U.S. Senate candidate from Arizona. In the video, Lamb falsely claims that in addition to $5,000 Visa gift cards, the government also gives people who enter the U.S. illegally a cell phone and a domestic plane ticket to a location of their choosing. The government does not provide such assistance.

Roosevelt on Feb. 19, 1942, shortly after Japan鈥檚 attack on Pearl Harbor, which led the U.S. to formally enter 老澳门六合彩 War II. It allowed anyone deemed a national security threat to be from the country鈥檚 West Coast, resulting in the relocation and incarceration of roughly 120,000 Japanese immigrants and Japanese Americans in desolate camps. The government claimed those held might plot against the U.S. during the war even though thousands of them were elderly, disabled, children or infants. Two-thirds were citizens.

These incarcerations ended following the conclusion of 老澳门六合彩 War II in 1945. President Gerald Ford Executive Order 9066 on Feb. 19, 1976, its 34th anniversary. A provided remaining survivors of the camps with $20,000 each in restitution, as well as a formal apology.

People who enter the U.S. illegally do not receive $5,000 gift cards from the federal government and are not eligible for any federal cash assistance, with exceptions for certain , immigration experts previously told the AP. None of these benefits include a one-time payment of $5,000.


The Red Cross did not ban people with COVID-19 vaccinations from donating blood

CLAIM: The American Red Cross banned people who have received a COVID-19 vaccine from donating blood because it is 鈥渢ainted.鈥

THE FACTS: No potential donors are deemed ineligible solely due to COVID-19 vaccines, a Red Cross spokesperson told 老澳门六合彩. People who know they received a COVID-19 vaccine that is approved by the Food and Drug Administration may immediately donate blood if they are healthy. Those who received vaccines that contain a weakened form of the virus that causes COVID-19 鈥 or people who aren鈥檛 sure 鈥 are two weeks before donating.

Social media users are misrepresenting a question the Red Cross asks potential blood donors to make false claims about donor eligibility and COVID-19 vaccine safety.

Many posts include a screenshot of the question as it appears on the Red Cross鈥 RapidPass system. It asks: 鈥淗ave you EVER had a Coronavius (COVID-19) vaccine?鈥 Below the question are instructions for potential donors who answer yes to call the Red Cross 鈥渂efore coming in to donate to determine if this will affect your eligibility.鈥

鈥淯PDATED eligibility requirements from @RedCross now BANS certain covid VACCINATED people from donating blood!鈥 reads one post on X that had received more than 3,200 likes and shares as of Friday. 鈥(Another conspiracy theory proved true!) PURE BLOODS BE PROUD. The rest of you鈥etweet to warn your tainted friends and family.鈥

Other widespread posts don鈥檛 make claims about supposed bans, but imply that the question is proof COVID-19 vaccines are dangerous.

鈥淚 thought the vax was 鈥榮afe and effective鈥?鈥 another X post asks. 鈥淲hat info are they hiding from us?鈥 It had received approximately 42,000 likes and 23,000 shares.

But the additional scrutiny has nothing to do with the safety of the vaccines. It is to assure that the COVID-19 virus is not present in blood being donated, as there that live attenuated vaccines 鈥 those that contain a weakened form of the virus they protect against 鈥 could pass the virus through blood.

The Red Cross follows FDA for blood donation. Its that people who received a non-replicating, inactivated, or mRNA-based COVID-19 vaccine manufactured by Pfizer, Moderna, Janssen/Johnson & Johnson, AstraZeneca or Novavax can donate blood immediately if they are in good health.

Those who received vaccines that don鈥檛 meet these requirements 鈥 or if they don鈥檛 know 鈥 are two weeks before donating. This includes COVID-19 vaccines that are live attenuated, none of which are currently approved for use in the U.S.

鈥淭here is no reason why a potential donor would be declared absolutely ineligible solely because they received a COVID vaccine,鈥 Daniel Parra, a spokesperson for the Red Cross, told the AP in an email.

The Red Cross鈥檚 blood donation eligibility guidelines regarding COVID-19 vaccines have appeared on its website in their current form . Potential donors who have received other vaccines that contain small amounts of live viruses, such as those for chicken pox, polio and yellow fever, are to wait before donating blood.

鈥淏asically, if you received an FDA-approved COVID vaccine, you remember the name of the vaccine manufacturer, and you are feeling healthy, you won鈥檛 have a problem,鈥 Parra wrote. 鈥淚f you don鈥檛 know the name of your vaccine manufacturer, you will be deferred for two weeks because it鈥檚 not possible to determine with 100% certainty that you received an eligible vaccine.鈥

COVID-19 vaccines are 鈥渟afe and effective,鈥 according to the . Blood donations from vaccinated people are not 鈥渢ainted鈥 and serious adverse events following vaccination .

鈥淏lood donations from individuals who have received a COVID-19 vaccine approved or authorized for use in the U.S. are safe for transfusion,鈥 reads a written last month by the Red Cross, America鈥檚 Blood Centers and the Association for the Advancement of Blood & Biotherapies.


Kid Rock and Jason Aldean did not cancel New York performances after ruling against Trump

CLAIM: Performers Kid Rock and Jason Aldean removed all New York shows from their 鈥淵ou Can鈥檛 Cancel America鈥 tour in support of former President Donald Trump.

THE FACTS: The claim originated on a satirical news website that describes its content as 鈥渇iction.鈥 There is no such tour 鈥 the pair鈥檚 tour, which begins in April, never included any stops in New York. Aldean鈥檚 concurrent started in July 2023 and has already included multiple shows in the state with more scheduled this year.

Following an order in New York requiring former President Donald Trump to pay $355 million in penalties for lying about his wealth, social media users erroneously claimed that Kid Rock and Aldean, both public Trump supporters, had scrapped their Empire State tour dates in solidarity.

Many of the posts shared online include a screenshot of a headline that reads: 鈥淜id Rock and Jason Aldean Remove New York from the 鈥榊ou Can鈥檛 Cancel America鈥 Tour: 鈥榃e Support 45.鈥欌

鈥淏REAKING HILARITY: #MAGAMorons Kid Rock and Jason Aldean just announced they will cancel New York from their 鈥榊ou can鈥檛 cancel America鈥 tour,鈥 reads one post on X. 鈥淧ure. Comedy. Gold.鈥 It had received about 13,000 likes and 5,900 shares as of Wednesday.

But the headline comes from an article on Dunning-Kruger-Times.com, a website that labels itself as satire and whose content is often mistaken as real. Its domain refers to the , a cognitive bias concept in which people with little knowledge in a given area overestimate what they know.

鈥淒unning-Kruger-Times.com is a subsidiary of the 鈥楢merica鈥檚 Last Line of Defense鈥 network of parody, satire, and tomfoolery,鈥 the site鈥檚 reads. 鈥淓verything on this website is fiction. It is not a lie and it is not fake news because it is not real.鈥

Moreover, there is no 鈥淵ou Can鈥檛 Cancel America鈥 tour. Kid Rock and Aldean are headlining a tour starting in April with seven stops in Louisiana, Kentucky, Georgia, Florida, Alabama, Missouri and South Carolina. No shows have been added to the tour since it in November.

Aldean鈥檚 鈥淗ighway Desperado Tour鈥 has had in New York since it began in July 2023. Four additional New York shows for the summer of 2024.

Among other clues that the story was bogus is the fact that it quotes 鈥淛oe Barron,鈥 who it claims is president of the 鈥淜id Rock Fan Club.鈥 Dunning-Kruger-Times.com frequently uses this name in its satirical posts.

老澳门六合彩 has previouslydebunked stories that originated from the same network of satirical sites, but were spread as real.

New York Judge Arthur Engoron ordered Trump on Friday to pay $335 million in penalties for scheming to dupe banks, insurers and others by inflating his wealth on financial statements. In addition to the former president, the civil fraud verdict punishes his company and executives, including his two eldest sons.


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