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- CNN has projected Joe Biden as the winner of the presidential election.
- The Facebook post features a clip from CNN that shows Fareed Zakaria talking about Donald Trump’s path to victory, but it’s from September, before the election.
On Nov. 7, a few days after Election Day, CNN among other media organizations reported that it looked like former Vice President Joe Biden had defeated President Donald Trump.
A recent Facebook post wrongly claims that the news network is backpedaling.
"Watch the same CNN that projected Biden a winner the same CNN is now saying that Trump will win!" reads the Nov. 28 post.
This post was flagged as part of Facebook’s efforts to combat false news and misinformation on its News Feed. (Read more about our partnership with Facebook.)
It features a clip of CNN commentator Fareed Zakaria talking about how Trump could stay in office without winning the popular vote.
But this is a clip from Sept. 27, before Election Day.
"The system of electing the president is complicated because it was not designed to be directly democratic," Zakaria said. "The Constitution calls for states to choose the presidential electors who in turn gather to vote for the president."
Zakaria went on to explain "how Trump could lose and still win," and a screen outlines the "potential path to Trump victory."
Visiting CNN on Nov. 30, we found nothing to suggest that the network is now saying Trump will win.
Rather, headlines include "Arizona certifies Biden’s victory," "Georgia Republican officials reject Trump’s calls to overturn election results" and "Biden picks up votes in Milwaukee County after Trump-requested recount."
We rate this Facebook post False.
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Facebook post, Nov. 28, 2020
CNN, Fareed: How Trump could lose the vote and stay in power, Sept. 27, 2020
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