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An online post that declared U.S. Rep. Trey Gowdy, R-S.C., was appointed head of the Federal Bureau of Investigation appeared to be another instance of a fake headline placed atop an old story only advocating for the move.
"Just in today: Trey Gowdy is the new director of the FBI!" read the headline on a June 23, 2017, post on Snoopack.com. Facebook users flagged the post as possibly being fake, as part of the social media site’s efforts to fight fake news.
The post touts that Gowdy, the new head of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, had been noted as a potential replacement for ousted FBI Director James Comey. But it didn’t mention anything about that being a done deal, as the headline said.
Indeed, there was talk in May that Gowdy was a potential candidate to replace Comey, but Gowdy took himself out of the running on May 15. He tweeted that he "would not be the right person" to take the job.
The Snoopack.com post is an uncredited copy of a March 29 post from AngryPatriotMovement.com, which initially carried the headline, "Petition: Appoint Trey Gowdy as director of the FBI."
That original post went on for longer than the Snoopack.com version, and asked readers to share the post on Facebook to show support for Gowdy. TeaParty.org also copied the AngryPatriotMovement.com post, crediting the site and adding an online petition form.
There’s no indication why the post about Gowdy, who has been the target of fake news before, was resurrected on June 23. Snoopack.com did not reply when we sent them an email via their online submission form.
On June 7, President Donald Trump nominated Christopher Wray to head the FBI. Wray must be confirmed by the Senate.
Gowdy isn’t in charge of the FBI. We rate this headline Pants On Fire!
Snoopack.com, "JUST IN TODAY: Trey Gowdy Is The NEW DIRECTOR Of The FBI!," June 23, 2017
AngryPatriotMovement.com, "PETITION: Appoint Trey Gowdy as DIRECTOR of the FBI.," March 29, 2017
TeaParty.org, "PETITION: Appoint Trey Gowdy as DIRECTOR of the FBI.," March 30, 2017
Associated Press, "Is Trey Gowdy about to become the new FBI director?," May 10, 2017
CNN, "Rep. Trey Gowdy: 'I would not be the right person' for FBI Director job," May 15, 2017
Twitter, U.S. Rep. Trey Gowdy tweet, May 15, 2017
New York Times, "Trump Picks Christopher Wray to Be F.B.I. Director," June 7, 2017
Washington Post, "Trey Gowdy now has the House Oversight gavel. But will he investigate Trump?," June 18, 2017
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