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- This is a hoax.
A website that publishes false information is back with another incredulous headline: "Military arrests former President George W. Bush."
It’s not true. But people are sharing screenshots of it earnestly.
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The headline appeared with a Nov. 15 post on Real Raw News, a website we’ve previously investigated that has posted many stories that we’ve debunked. Like previous Real Raw News stories, this one relies on one unnamed source. The post says that Bush was arrested at his Crawford, Texas, ranch "following a blistering firefight with Secret Service agents" early on the morning of Nov. 13.
On Nov. 16, Bush’s Facebook page shared a post from the George W. Bush Presidential Center about a golf tournament for veterans.
Bush’s Jenna Bush Hager, an anchor at the Today show, spoke on live television that day about her parents’ fertility struggles. She didn’t mention his arrest, because it didn’t happen.
Plus, a disclaimer on the Real Raw News "About Us" page says the website contains "humor, parody and satire."
Whatever you want to call it, it’s wrong — Pants on Fire.
Instagram post, Nov. 17, 2021
Real Raw News, Military arrests former President George W. Bush, Nov. 15, 2021
George W. Bush Facebook, visited Nov. 18, 2021
Today, Jenna Bush Hager opens up about mom Laura Bush’s struggle with infertility, Nov. 16, 2021
PolitiFact, Hangings, guillotines and Gitmo: Going behind Real Raw News’ sensational (and fabricated) headlines, Sept. 24, 2021
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