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Ciara O'Rourke
By Ciara O'Rourke April 24, 2024

Reba McEntire isn’t facing any ‘charges,’ despite claims in social media posts

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  • This is an unfounded claim on a clickbait post aimed at purportedly promoting CBD gummies.

A Facebook post from a couple of months ago has recently gained traction using the image of country singer Reba McEntire and a fabricated story about a Fox News lawsuit, dementia and a purported health product. 

"Reba McEntire’s solution to reverse dementia sparks huge lawsuit pressure on Fox," reads text in the Feb. 29 post. "She finally fought back." 

A link in the post says: "Reba McEntire Faces Serious Charges, Prayers." 

This post was flagged as part of Meta’s efforts to combat false news and misinformation on its News Feed. (Read more about our partnership with Meta, which owns Facebook and Instagram.)

The link leads to what looks like a Fox News article about McEntire’s supposed "solution to reverse dementia" and a lawsuit filed against her by a Fox News anchor, Martha MacCallum. 

"In an Exclusive Interview," the article says, "Reba McEntire, American most successful country music singer reveals that the show will be ending after her latest business sparks tension with Martha MacCallum."

We found no evidence that MacCallum or Fox have filed a lawsuit against McEntire. There’s no such case in the PACER database of federal court records, and we found no news reports detailing such a legal fight, which would draw news coverage.

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The story doesn’t make clear what show is supposedly ending, though McEntire is a host on NBC’s reality show "The Voice" and MacCallum hosts "The Story" on Fox News. We found no indication that either show is ending. NBC announced Feb. 23 that McEntire would be returning for the new season.  

If the post’s odd punctuation, capitalization and grammar weren’t enough clues, its URL — which includes a reference to "patterned-cotton-socks" — makes it clear that this isn’t an authentic Fox News article. It’s also supposedly bylined by Fox News chief political analyst Brit Hume, but no such story exists on Fox News’ website.

Two days later, McEntire asked users on her Facebook page to "not click on any articles that say I am leaving The Voice." 

"This is not true," McEntire said. "These are fake websites to lure people in with clickbait where they claim I have a company to sell weight loss gummy products. This is false. I do not sell or promote any type of gummy product." 

Indeed, the fake Fox News article supposedly quotes McEntire discussing her CBD gummies product. 

As for whether she’s facing serious charges: We found no credible evidence to corroborate that claim. 

We rate claims that McEntire is facing "serious charges" Pants on Fire!


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