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Fact Check-Fox News did not publish headline calling they/them pronouns a “plot to undermine American democracy”

Fox News did not publish a headline calling they/them pronouns a “plot to undermine American democracy.” The image is digitally altered, and no such headline was published by the outlet.

The Fox News masthead is viewable at the top of the screenshot, with the purported article dated June 19, 2022. The supposed headline reads: “‘They/them’ summer: a new far-left extremist plot to undermine American democracy.”

The sub-headline reads: “Experts warn that the ‘deoedipianized theys’ are a far greater threat than Islamic terrorists.”

The name of a journalist who works for the outlet can also be seen on the screenshot.

One individual who shared the image on Twitter said: “happy they/them summer to my fellow deoedipianized theys only” (here). The tweet gathered more than 6,100 likes and 1,100 shares at the time of writing.

Other examples of the screenshots shared on social media can be found (here), (here), (here), (here), (here) and (here).

A spokesperson for Fox News confirmed to Reuters that no such headline was published by the outlet.

A search through the Fox News website did not find any such headline (archive.ph/wip/JrVGr) nor is the headline viewable in archived versions of the Fox News homepage dated June 19 and June 20 (here), (here).

The supposed article is not viewable when searching through the reporter’s name that is listed in the screenshot (here).

A Google advanced search did not reveal the purported headline published by any outlet (archive.ph/wip/C1Ily).

A Twitter advanced search via Fox News’ Twitter account did not show the alleged headline published via the outlet’s account (archive.ph/wip/JRm5k).

Reuters has previously addressed digitally altered headlines that duped online users into thinking that the image represented authentic headlines (here), (here), (here).

VERDICT

Altered. Fox News did not publish a headline calling they/them pronouns a “plot to undermine American democracy.” The image is digitally altered, and no such headline was published by the outlet, a spokesperson for Fox News confirmed to Reuters.

This article was produced by the Reuters Fact Check team. Read more about our fact-checking work here .

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