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An Internet rumor claiming that Florida’s governor was injured while helping a neighbor clear debris following the impact from Hurricane Irma is fake news.
"Florida Governor Rick Scott Now Listed As ‘Critical’ After Bizarre Hurricane Cleanup Accident," reads a headline from thelastlineofdefense.org.
There is nothing true about the post. In the hours after the post, Scott addressed the media in Opa-locka, Fla. He was uninjured.
The post suggests Scott is from Sarasota. He is not.
The post says Scott’s chief of staff is Morton Valdy. He is not.
The post says Scott was taken to Mercy General Hospital in Sarasota. There is no hospital in Sarasota by that name.
We’ve written about the thelastlineofdefense.org, before. The website is a well known peddler of fake news.
We rate this claim Pants on Fire.
Thelastlineofdefense.org, Florida Governor Rick Scott Now Listed As ‘Critical’ After Bizarre Hurricane Cleanup Accident," Sept. 11, 2017
PolitiFact, "If you're fooled by fake news, this man probably wrote it, " May 31, 2017
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