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In late March, a former Nevada legislator accused former vice president Joe Biden of kissing and touching her. The allegation fueled old claims that Biden, a likely presidential candidate, behaves inappropriately with women. It also inspired some new, supposed photo evidence of such behavior.
In one picture, posted on Facebook on March 31, Biden appears to be kissing a woman a few feet behind U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham. But the image is doctored, and the post was flagged as part of Facebook’s efforts to combat false news and misinformation on its News Feed. (Read more about our partnership with Facebook.)
The original image is a still of a video by Daily Caller columnist Benny Johnson. Johnson recorded Graham walking away from a woman protesting Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination to the Supreme Court, according to Johnson’s Oct. 5 story. Biden is not in the picture.
In the doctored photo, the woman has her mouth open like she is screaming or gasping in surprise. But watching the recording, it’s clear she’s yelling at Graham.
"We are voting you out of office," she says as Graham adjusts his tie and smiles for the camera.
"What a creep," one woman wrote. "Does he have to be pawing women all the time? Where is his wife?"
"Old Joe at it again," someone else wrote.
But another woman was wise to the Daily Caller’s story.
"Photoshopped," she said. "And theres (sic) video to prove it."
We rate this Facebook post as Pants on Fire!
Facebook post, March 31, 2019
New York Times, "Joe BIden scrambles to stem crisis after Lucy Flores’ allegation," March 31, 2019
Vox, "The controversy over Joe Biden’s treatment of women, explained," April 2, 2019
The Daily Caller, "Protesters chase Graham to his car saying they will remove him from office — Lindsey responds," Oct. 5, 2018
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