CNN 5 Oct 2020

Crease in Biden's shirt sparked a conspiracy theory


Prior to the first Presidential debate, a baseless conspiracy theory inundated many Americans. The Trump campaign, Fox News, and a slew of Trump-supporting Facebook pages all fueled speculation that Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden might wear a secret earpiece to assist him in his debate against President Trump.
"I thought Biden had somebody in his ear," said one Trump supporter the morning after the first presidential debate. Her belief was shored up, she said, by video she had viewed of Biden supposedly adjusting a wire during the debate.
In fact, the video does not show Biden wearing a wire; it shows a crease briefly forming on Biden's shirt after he reached into his coat to itch his shoulder. But when false evidence emerged to support the baseless earpiece claim, it took off like wildfire.
CNN's Donie O'Sullivan traveled to a Trump rally in Duluth, Minnesota, and asked some of the president's supporters what they thought about the debunked video.

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Widower T.J. Klausutis spoke publicly for the first time on a podcast about the emotional trauma resulting from President Trump continually pushing the conspiracy theory about his wife Lori's 2001 death.
The president again talked about a conspiracy theory of a plane filled with gear-carrying protesters in a story that can be traced back to Facebook. Plus, news breaks that Russia is targeting Biden voters on the social media giant. Jeremy Bash reacts. Aired on 9/01/2020.
NBC News' Matt Bradley reports from Germany on how the QAnon conspiracy theory recently found a home at a protest of coronavirus restrictions. Aired on 08/31/2020.
After Newt Gingrich tried to spread a conspiracy theory about George Soros, multiple Fox News hosts shut him down, leading to an awkward silence.

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