A #SaveOurChildren demonstration in Hollywood, Calif., on Aug. 22, 2020. !”, "Voter FRAUD exposed in Georgia. After a standoff with police, Wright drove away and was later arrested, during which he mentioned QAnon talking points. The wizards and warlocks (inside term) will not allow another Satanic Evil POS control our country. 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He defended the "very respected doctors" in a July 28 press conference. March 26, 2019, The Washington Post, "Three mass shootings this year began with a hateful screed on 8chan. A reporter asked if he was telling healthy Americans not to change their behavior. ", “Joe Biden is no longer the President-elect according to RealClearPolitics.”, Siri gave “CONFIRMATION of the Democrats' sinister plan to REMOVE Sleepy Joe immediately using the 25th Amendment and instate Kamala Harris as President!”, "Six states can't get the votes counted. In addition to molesting children, members of this group also kill and eat their victims in order to ingest a life-extending chemical in human blood. Aug. 20, 2020, NPR, "GOP Candidates Open To QAnon Conspiracy Theory Advance In Congressional Races," July 1, 2020, Pew Research Center, "QAnon’s conspiracy theories have seeped into U.S. politics, but most don’t know what it is," March 30, 2020, PolitiFact, "Donald Trump gives oxygen to baseless QAnon conspiracy theory," Aug. 20, 2020, PolitiFact, "How the Wayfair child sex-trafficking conspiracy theory went viral," July 15, 2020, PolitiFact, "Pizzagate conspiracy theorists spread false claims about Beirut explosion, human trafficking," Aug. 7, 2020, PolitiFact, "QAnon hoax has been linked to violence. Since the conspiracy theory makes many salacious, unproven allegations about public figures, there could be grounds to sue the QAnon supporters who espouse them. Fortunately, the constitutional foundations that undergird American democracy are holding. Trump has at times retweeted accounts that had promoted the conspiracy theory. Washington, DC Many QAnon supporters believe that Trump’s efforts will culminate in something called "the storm." 33701 QAnon has been around since October 2017, when Q started posting vague and cryptic messages — which have become known as "breadcrumbs" and "Q drops" — on a fringe internet forum called 4chan. "People are anxious and scared right now," said Dr. Seema Yasmin, director of research and education programs at the Stanford Health Communication Initiative. I still like playing it down. ", “Joe Biden is no longer the President-elect according to RealClearPolitics.”, Siri gave “CONFIRMATION of the Democrats' sinister plan to REMOVE Sleepy Joe immediately using the 25th Amendment and instate Kamala Harris as President!”, "Six states can't get the votes counted. The conspiracy theory has been linked to several crimes, some of them violent, and the FBI has said it’s a potential domestic terrorism threat. Daniel Funke on Facebook Daniel Funke on Twitter Daniel Funke on LinkedIn. Trump used the false report on the campaign trail to continue to minimize the death toll. When Trump left the hospital, the U.S. death toll from COVID-19 was more than 200,000. In December 2016, a North Carolina man entered the pizzeria with an assault rifle to "self-investigate" the claims. Meanwhile, this month the president has gone ahead with a series of indoor holiday parties. What does #SaveTheChildren have to do with it? Many Americans say they don’t want a vaccine. Trump announced the CDC’s guidance, then gutted it. Because Trump is the hero in this narrative, people might assume that only conservatives are likely to support something like QAnon. 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In a livestreamed video, she threatened to kill Joe Biden for his purported involvement in a sex trafficking ring. In Trump’s telling, his hospitalization was not the product of poor judgment about large gatherings like the Rose Garden event, but the consequence of leading with bravery. Supporters of QAnon have broadened since the early days, when data suggested that most adherents were white men who supported Trump or Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt. We can't fight back misinformation about the election and COVID-19 without you. According to the book "American Conspiracy Theories," gender and political party do not determine whether someone believes in conspiracy theories. 801 3rd St. S Q has published more than 4,600 posts on 4chan and 8chan message boards, including links, images and obscure messages. The number of people who have died in the U.S. in 2020 is on par with years prior to COVID-19. President Donald J. Trump fueled confusion and conspiracies from the earliest days of the coronavirus pandemic. Daniel Funke. are all controlled by 3 families (the 4th was removed post Trump's victory). This is so bad.". "I don’t think I’m going to be doing it.". Americans didn’t see Trump wearing a mask until a July visit to Walter Reed National Military Medical Center. Some believers think that Q is a single person, while others speculate that Q’s identity has changed over time. "There are lots of sources of misinformation, and there are lots of elected officials besides Trump that have not taken the virus seriously or promoted misinformation," said Brendan Nyhan, a government professor at Dartmouth College. Save the Children, a London organization that aims to improve the lives of children around the world, has nothing to do with the viral hashtag. The term "QAnon" is a mashup of "Q" and "anon," an abbreviation for "anonymous." Those claims are not grounded in facts, and lawmakers have introduced bipartisan legislation condemning the conspiracy theory. (AP). Aug. 8, 2018, The Wall Street Journal, "QAnon Booms on Facebook as Conspiracy Group Gains Mainstream Traction," Aug. 13, 2020, The Washington Post, "The Mueller report is in. By Daniel Funke • November 4, 2020 Tweets stated on November 4, 2020 a post: “40,000 rejected vote by mail ballots in DeKalb County need to be cured by Friday or they will be tossed.” Facebook users copied and pasted language from influencers like Amiri King, who had 2.2 million Facebook followers before he was banned. The result: a series of user-generated clips taken outside hospitals, where the response to the pandemic was not easily seen. "I tell people, wear masks," he said at the town hall. What Is QAnon, the Viral Pro-Trump Conspiracy Theory? It's finally here! "How can we come to terms with all that when people are living in separate informational realities?" Pizzagate emerged during the 2016 campaign after WikiLeaks released Podesta’s emails. Then they got sick. "The point that the CDC was trying to make was that a certain percentage of them had nothing else but just COVID," he said. There were no reported injuries. Dominion Voting Systems “deleted 2.7 million Trump votes nationwide.”. Masks are encouraged, not required," Dec. 1, 2020, NPR, "Trump Wears Mask In Public For First Time During Walter Reed Visit," July 11, 2020, The White House, "Remarks by President Trump, Vice President Pence, and Members of the Coronavirus Task Force in Press Briefing," April 3, 2020, NPR, "Should We All Be Wearing Masks In Public? The latter slogan is a kind of oath that QAnon supporters take to pledge themselves as "digital soldiers" for an upcoming apocalyptic event. A judge has ordered a "HAND RECOUNT by an INDEPENDENT COMMISSION in the state of Michigan, following hard evidence of voting fraud by Detroit City Election Commission. But two days later, Trump repeated the 85% stat during a rally and at a town hall with NBC’s Savannah Guthrie. ", "I’m already breaking, so for f---’s sake, people, please take this seriously. The list included all possible — not confirmed— side effects. Trump is right — QAnon does like him. 20036, Florida Health Experts Revisit The Question, What the false narrative around ‘CDC 6%’ can teach us about reporting Covid-19 stats, Charts: How The U.S. "It’s not solely a Trump story — and it’s important to not take everyone else’s role out of the narrative.". "Well I don’t know much about the movement other than I understand they like me very much, which I appreciate," he said during an Aug. 19 briefing. Should we be worried? COVID-19 Response. "So it’s voluntary. The skeptics cited Centers for Disease Control and Prevention data to claim that only 6% of COVID-19 deaths could actually be attributed to the virus. You don’t have to do it. PolitiFact staff researcher Caryn Baird contributed to this report. QAnon Booms on Facebook as Conspiracy Group Gains Mainstream Traction. What do these candidates have in common? In August, there was a growing movement on Twitter to question the disproportionately high U.S. COVID-19 death toll. Aug. 3, 2020, The Washington Post, "Why QAnon supporters are winning congressional primaries," June 13, 2020, Yahoo! Find out if Daniel Funke has any important court records including felonies, misdemeanors, and traffic tickets. 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Suite 1300B "There’s no decoding involved. #SaveTheChildren and #SaveOurChildren started circulating in QAnon and Pizzagate Facebook groups in July before spreading to conservative sources like PragerU, a powerhouse page on Facebook. I mean, our doctors are very smart people. In mid August, Marjorie Taylor Greene won the primary election in Georgia’s 14th Congressional District, which is likely to vote red in November. "Our doctors get more money if somebody dies from COVID," Trump told supporters at a rally in Waterford, Mich., Oct. 30. And QAnon has spread beyond the United States. The Mueller report is in. As the virus was spreading, so was the message to downplay it. 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(AP). A blogger claimed Pfizer’s head of research said the coronavirus vaccine could cause female infertility. 727-821-9494. Now They’re Stealing Kids." The narrative originated in communities that regularly promoted QAnon and Pizzagate. Meanwhile, the coronavirus has killed more than 300,000 in the United States, a crisis exacerbated by the reckless spread of falsehoods. Your turn to pick: Vote now in the Lie of the Year Readers' Choice Poll, PolitiFact, "In context: As Trump criticizes, a look back at Fauci’s early statements," July 14, 2020, PolitiFact, "Laura Ingraham wrong about ‘no real scientific basis’ for social distancing," May 6, 2020, PolitiFact, "No, the Trump administration hasn’t filled every state’s request for coronavirus supplies," July 27, 2020, PolitiFact, "Rush Limbaugh is spreading a conspiracy theory about the coronavirus and Trump’s re-election," Feb. 27, 2020, PolitiFact, "Fact-checking Rush Limbaugh’s misleading claim that the new coronavirus is ‘the common cold,’" Feb. 27, 2020, PolitiFact, "No, masks don't collect the coronavirus," Oct. 13, 2020, PolitiFact, "No, New York state hospitals didn’t report thousands of lung infections caused by face masks," July 7, 2020, PolitiFact, "Claim that N95 masks can’t stop COVID-19 particles due to size is nonsense," June 15, 2020, PolitiFact, "There’s no evidence that wearing standard masks is harmful to your health," May 19, 2020, PolitiFact, "What is QAnon, the baseless conspiracy spilling into US politics?" Looking for Daniel Funke? Maybe it’s the calm before the storm." An alternative health website wrote that the vaccine could cause an array of life-threatening side effects, and that the FDA knew about it. Nearly two weeks and more than 10,000 deaths later, Fox News featured a guest who opened a new misinformation assault on hospitals. QAnon: What is it and how did we get here? A couple of months later, a similar effort propelled another video of fact-averse doctors to millions of people in only a few hours. People believe what they want to believe; they fear what they want to fear.". A QAnon Devotee Live-Streamed Her Trip to N.Y. to ‘Take Out’ Joe Biden, Inside the Completely Nutso Universe of QAnon. The message: The threat to your health was overhyped to hurt the political fortunes of the president. QAnon also touches on other false narratives about the 9/11 terrorist attacks, vaccines and the moon landing. Fox News’ Greg Gutfeld falsely claimed it hasn’t. “More than one MILLION marchers for President @realDonaldTrump descend on” Washington, D.C., on Nov. 14. Articles by Daniel Funke on Muck Rack. The most viral disinformation of the pandemic was styled to look like it had the blessing of people Americans trust: scientists and doctors. Six states where Dems are in charge. Some of those groups published information that PolitiFact fact-checked as false or misleading. ", The COVID-19 pandemic has caused four of the eight “deadliest days in American history.”, “FDA announces 2 deaths of Pfizer vaccine trial participants from ‘serious adverse events.’”. Those posts serve as the backbone of the conspiracy theory, whose believers trend conservative. Judy Mikovits’ conspiracies received more than 8 million views in May thanks in part to the online outrage machine — anti-vaccine activists, anti-lockdown groups and QAnon supporters — that push disinformation into the mainstream. Influential TV and radio opinion hosts told millions of viewers that social distancing was a joke and that states had all of the personal protective equipment they needed (when they didn’t). Aug. 4, 2019, The Washington Post, "Twitter crackdown on conspiracy theories could set agenda for other social media," July 22, 2020, The Washington Post, "Who supports QAnon? Anonymous bad actors offered up junk science. QAnon has found a home on more mainstream social networks in the leadup to 2020. Don’t be afraid of it," he said, describing experimental and out-of-reach therapies he received. It doesn’t ask you to go through the Podesta emails, it doesn’t ask you to read the Q drops — it asks you to recognize that children are being harmed and trafficked and then get outraged about it. Plus, now, he claimed, he was immune from the virus. Everyone can do that plan right now, at home, in just 15 minutes. Says that this year is the first time during his 27 years as senator “that two African Americans have ever served on the same (Senate) committee.”. Because I don’t want to create a panic.". Here are a few examples of such incidents, as documented by several news outlets: In June 2018, a Nevada man named Matthew Philip Wright blocked traffic on a bridge near the Hoover Dam, demanding that officials release a government document about the handling of Hillary Clinton’s email probe. The denialists mounted a counter offensive. Those who had tended to be liberals who got their news from outlets like the New York Times, NPR and MSNBC, or active Twitter and Reddit users. On Aug. 24, BlazeTV host Steve Deace amplified it on Facebook. Through his podcast, comedian Joe Rogan has given a platform to QAnon supporters. Michael Flynn, Donald Trump's former national security adviser, leads a generic oath of office followed by a QAnon slogan in a video tweeted on July 4, 2020. A patient arrives in an ambulance outside NYU Langone Medical Center on April 13, 2020, in New York City. In June, one online poll of 1,039 Floridians and 1,040 American adults found that both Democrats and Republicans had unfavorable views of QAnon. "It’s an echo effect of sorts, where Donald Trump is certainly looking for information that resonates with his audiences and that supports his political objectives. Masks just didn’t work. 801 3rd St. S Q’s posts are like clues at a murder mystery party, but the party is on 8kun and the baseless clues are about pedophilia, cannibalism and Satan worship. I'm fact-checking misinformation about the vote, results and whatever else happens tonight. "If there are false factual allegations that would harm someone’s reputation, then that can be fodder for a libel lawsuit," said Clay Calvert, director of the Marion B. Brechner First Amendment Project at the University of Florida. When asked about QAnon in several recent press briefings, the president demurred. Six states where Dems are in charge. Posts with #SaveTheChildren and #SaveOurChildren, along with related demonstrations in hundreds of cities across the country, purport to be about ending child sex trafficking. NBC News reported that an internal Facebook investigation found thousands of groups and pages with millions of members and followers dedicated to QAnon. "So conspiracy theorists on the left are focused on threats from the right and vice versa. In a May 2019 intelligence bulletin obtained by Yahoo! "But just the other day, they came out with a statement that 85% of the people that wear masks catch it.". "The FBI assesses these conspiracy theories very likely will emerge, spread, and evolve in the modern information marketplace, occasionally driving both groups and individual extremists to carry out criminal or violent acts," the document says. But there’s more to the baseless conspiracy theory than presidential politics, and the FBI warned that it’s a potential domestic terrorism threat. Q’s posts on a fringe internet forum are the basis for the QAnon conspiracy theory. PolitiFact’s 2020 Lie of the Year: claims that deny, downplay or disinform about COVID-19. Aug. 16, 2020, The Daily Beast, "What Is QAnon? Rather than an advance in best practices on coronavirus prevention, face masks turned into a dividing line between Trump’s political calculations and his decision-making as president. On Instagram, some lifestyle influencers with hundreds of thousands of followers have promoted QAnon during the coronavirus pandemic. The QAnon Conspiracy Theory: A Security Threat in the Making? Fact-checking Rush Limbaugh’s misleading claim that the new coronavirus is ‘the common cold, No, New York state hospitals didn’t report thousands of lung infections caused by face masks, Claim that N95 masks can’t stop COVID-19 particles due to size is nonsense, There’s no evidence that wearing standard masks is harmful to your health. QAnon and Donald Trump rallies: What's that about? "(I was) completely isolated from my team members, limited resources, limited supplies, limited responses from physicians because they’re just as overwhelmed. "I mean, view this the same as the flu. 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Chuck Ivey is joined by Daniel Funke and John-William Noble from Parresia Books. And his audiences are looking to be amplified, so they’re incentivized to get him their information," said Kate Starbird, an associate professor and misinformation expert at the University of Washington. #SaveTheChildren has been shared millions of times, but it is not linked to any humanitarian organizations. He told the legendary reporter that the virus was airborne, tricky and "more deadly than even your strenuous flus.". (Screenshot from Twitter). Social media users speculated that the federal government would force Americans to receive the vaccine. 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