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- This wasn’t a real story on NBC News. The man pictured is a London-based Biden impersonator, not a Texas farmer.
Accompanying an image of a white-haired man in a suit smiling for the camera is what appears to be a sensational NBC News headline: "Texas farmer arrested for using illegal immigrants for free labor by pretending to be Joe Biden and threatening to deport them."
The image looks like a screenshot from NBC’s website. An Instagram post sharing the image includes this commentary: "Free labor? It’s called slavery."
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It doesn’t appear on NBC’s website, nor in Google search results where you can find echoes of old headlines even after they’ve been deleted on a news outlet’s site. Looking more broadly online, we didn’t find the story on any credible sites. The headline does appear on sites that look like — but are not — news websites, as well as on meme pages.
We did a reverse image search for the supposed farmer in the post and found that he’s no farmer at all but a Brooklyn-born impersonator of President Joe Biden. He lives in London.
We rate this post False.
Instagram post, July 20, 2022
Lookalikes Agency, Joe Biden Lookalike (UK), visited July 21, 2022
Daily Mail, He's been Biden his time! Meet the 75-year-old actor set to start a career impersonating Joe Biden, 79, as he becomes President - while Trump lookalike admits 'work has been very, very quiet,’ Jan. 19, 2021
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