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- This image was altered. The chyrons in the actual broadcast said “Hannity town hall from York, Pennsylvania” and “Dr. Mehmet Oz Republican U.S. Senate nominee in Pennsylvania.”
Fox News host Sean Hannity has endorsed Dr. Mehmet Oz in the Pennsylvania Senate race, so it doesn’t quite track that he would air a chyron claiming that Oz disparaged himself.
"Dr Oz admits he’s a medical quack," the chyron says in an image of what looks like a photo of a "Hannity" broadcast on Fox News.
An Instagram 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 Meta, which owns Facebook and Instagram.)
Connor Smith, a Fox spokesperson, told us that the chyron isn’t authentic and didn’t air on "Hannity."
Searching online for the chyron, we found no results. Searching for news coverage or other reports involving the words "Oz," "Hannity," and "medical quack," we found nothing suggesting that Oz claimed this, or that Hannity reported it. Rather, the results show people leaving comments on news articles or in forums calling the celebrity TV doctor-turned-Republican Senate nominee a quack.
The Patriot-News in Pennsylvania reported Oct. 19 that Hannity visited York, Pennsylvania, that day for a town hall that "essentially was a campaign rally" for Oz. The image in the Instagram post comes from this town hall broadcast. The actual chyrons said "Hannity town hall from York, Pennsylvania" and "Dr. Mehmet Oz Republican U.S. Senate nominee in Pennsylvania."
Oz, a Republican, is running against Democratic Lt. Gov. John Fetterman in the Nov. 8 general election. The pair will meet for an Oct. 25 debate.
We rate claims that Hannity aired a chyron saying Oz called himself a quack Pants on Fire!
Instagram post, Oct. 20, 2022
YouTube, October 19, 2022: Sen. Cotton joins Newt Gingrich, Sen. Tim Scott, and Dr. Oz for a town hall, Oct. 19, 2022
The Patriot-News, Sean Hannity brings show to York, uses it to boost Oz campaign, Oct. 19, 2022
YouTube, Sean Hannity endorses Dr. Mehmet Oz, March 16, 2022
Email interview with Connor Smith, Fox News spokesperson, Oct. 24, 2022
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