September 23, 2021

USA Today backs off ‘fact-check’ tying Trump campaign shirts with Nazi symbol

USA Today updated a story tying the Trump campaign to a Nazi symbol of an eagle when critics condemned the paper, pointing out that eagles are prominent in America emblems, too.Last weekend, the paper published a “fact-check” claiming “Trump’s campaign website recently unveiled a T-shirt that has come under fire because of design similarities between its logo and a Nazi symbol” and coming to the conclusion that the claims are “true.”USA TODAY DRAGGED FOR ‘FACT CHECK’ CLAIMING TRUMP CAMPAIGN SOLD SHIRTS WITH NAZI SYMBOLAfter widespread backlash, the paper declared on Wednesday that the claim wasn’t true after all.“Update: The rating on this article has been changed to inconclusive. It was updated to reflect further reporting and analysis,” the verified Twitter account for USA Today wrote.The USA Today website added an editor’s note, informing readers that the original fact check is now inconclusive.“The claims that a Trump campaign T-shirt has come under criticism for using a symbol similar to a Nazi eagle is TRUE, based on our research,” USA Today’s Will Peebles initially wrote.
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