30,057. 10/30/2019

MILITARY/SOCIAL MEDIA/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “President Trump on Wednesday [10-30-19] shared an altered photograph of himself placing a medal around the neck of the dog injured in the raid last weekend that led to the death of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the Islamic State’s leader. The image, which bears a watermark for a social media account for the conservative news site The Daily Wire, appeared to be an altered version of a 2017 Associated Press photograph. In the original, Mr. Trump is seen awarding a Medal of Honor to James C. McCloughan, a retired Army medic who is credited with saving the lives of 10 men during the war in Vietnam. Mr. Trump has spoken of the dog, whose name Newsweek reported is Conan, in glowing terms in the days since the raid, which culminated with Mr. al-Baghdadi detonating a suicide bomb, killing himself and several children and injuring the dog.”

Niraj Chokshi and Karen Zraick, “Trump Tweets Faked Photo of Hero Dog Getting a Medal,” The New York Times online, October 30, 2019

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