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Ciara O'Rourke
By Ciara O'Rourke August 24, 2022

No, this isn’t a real chyron about ‘gay hypnosis’ on Tucker Carlson’s show

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  • This image was altered. We found no evidence that Tucker Carlson reported on hypnosis turning straight men gay. 

A photo of a television tuned to Fox News appears to show a surprising chyron on "Tucker Carlson Tonight." 

"Straight men turning homo after ‘gay hypnosis,’" the text says below Carlson’s face, his brow furrowed. 

A Facebook post sharing this image 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.)

A Fox News spokesperson told PolitiFact that the image isn’t authentic. 

We didn’t find any evidence to challenge that. 

An online search returned no credible sources to corroborate the claim, and we didn’t find the subject on Carlson’s show page or on Fox News’ website. Searching there for the words "gay" and "men" and "hypnosis," we found two stories, both from eight years ago. The first was about a man suing a clinic for gay conversion therapy; the second was about a Democratic push to repeal the Defense of Marriage Act. 

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Facebook post, Aug. 21, 2022

Tucker Carlson Tonight shows, visited Aug. 24, 2022

Fox News website, visited Aug. 24, 2022

Statement from Fox News, Aug. 24, 2022

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