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Ciara O'Rourke
By Ciara O'Rourke November 9, 2020

No, the Washington Times didn’t run the ‘President Gore’ headline that Trump spokesman shared

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  • The Washington Times said it never published a front-page headline that said, "President Gore." 

A spokesperson for President Donald Trump’s campaign shared a fake front page with the banner headline "President Gore" as evidence that the media isn’t always right when it calls an election. Now the president’s supporters have followed suit. 

"The media was wrong in 2000," Mathew Staver, the founder of Liberty Counsel, wrote on Facebook, sharing the doctored Washington Times front page. "20 years ago they were wrong. History has a way of repeating itself."

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The fake page has an image of Al Gore from 1997, when he was sworn in for a second term as Bill Clinton’s vice president. Below the words "PRESIDENT GORE," the page says: "Florida pushes Gore over the top with bare majority."

After Trump spokesperson Tim Murtaugh tweeted the image as "a reminder that the media doesn’t select the president," the Washington Times responded. 

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"These photos have been doctored," the newspaper tweeted. "The Washington Times never ran a ‘President Gore’ headline." In a second tweet, it added: "Mr. Murtaugh has been officially notified via email about this error."

Murtaugh has since deleted his tweet.

In the 2000 presidential election, some TV news networks called Florida for Gore over George W. Bush, and then, a few hours later, withdrew that projection. 

We rate this Facebook post False.

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