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Not Real News | A look at what didn't happen this week

Published:Saturday | June 10, 2017 | 12:00 AM


A roundup of some of the most popular, but completely untrue, headlines of the week.


None of these stories are legit, even though they were shared widely on social media. The Associated Press checked these out; here are the real facts:


NOT REAL: Spicer: "POTUS didn't misspell 'Covfefe' - As Head of State, he has the legal power to decide how English is spelled"


THE FACTS: The story shared widely by correctly quotes the White House press secretary as saying President Donald Trump "and a small group of people" knew the meaning of a word widely believed to be a typo in a tweet. The satire site then attributed several other quotes to Spicer that he did not say, including assertions that Trump was legally permitted to decide how English words are spelled, as "one of the perks of being president."


NOT REAL: RED ALERT: People are injecting HIV blood into bananas


THE FACTS: Numerous false stories of Walmart bananas being tainted with HIV blood have circulated online in recent weeks, some with attached photos of bananas with reddish streaks. Walmart spokeswoman Molly Blakeman tells the AP the retail giant doesn't know of any illnesses such as HIV linked to bananas purchased there. Walmart says the red streaks seen in some bananas come from a naturally occurring, harmless bacterial growth known as mokillo .



NOT REAL: Massive Bumble Bee recall after two employees admit cooking a man and mixing him with a batch of tuna


THE FACTS: A worker was in fact killed when he got trapped in a massive pressure cooker at a Bumble Bee facility in California in October 2012; two workers pleaded guilty to charges related to the death and the seafood giant paid $6 million to settle charges. The death didn't cause any recalls of the tuna, however, despite claims in stories shared recently by numerous websites.