The Onion Just Got Fact-Checked Because People on Internet Believed Hilarious Thing About This Photo
For many, The Onion provides a satirical look at the world, commenting on subjects such as politics, sports, and celebrity gossip.
Which is why it was quite unusual for a myth debunking website like Snopes.com to find itself in the business of actually explaining fact from fiction regarding an article posted on the satirical website last week.
Entitled “Hundreds of Cuban Refugees Clinging to Air Force One on Flight Back to U.S.,” the article features a photo of President Obama's famed airplane covered with Cubans looking for safe passage on its wings:
Twitter had its usual fun with the post:
The photo, which Snopes.com determined to be photoshopped, was a clear reference to Obama's recent trip to Cuba — the first time that a sitting U.S. president has visited the Communist nation in nearly 90 years.
Even before a terrorist attack rocked Brussels in the middle of his three-day trip to the Caribbean island, Obama was heavily criticized for taking the trip to Cuba — a trip that was made in the hopes of restoring relations between the two countries.
According to the U.S. Coast Guard and Customs and Border Protection, more than 27,000 Cuban migrants entered the U.S. through Mexico over the past year, while another 9,000 have entered the nation via Miami International Airport.