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Fact Checking a Viral Photo of Dr. Mehmet Oz
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Fact Checking a Viral Photo of Dr. Mehmet Oz

The photo has been digitally altered.

A viral image purports to show Trump-endorsed Senate nominee Dr. Mehmet Oz, standing next to a person holding an Oz campaign sign flipped sideways. It appears as though the person in the image is holding a sign that says “no,” instead of “Oz.”

The image has been circulating widely on Twitter. Examples can be seen, here, here, and here.

The image, however, has been digitally altered. 

In an email to The Dispatch Fact Check, Rachel Tripp, senior communications adviser for the Oz campaign, said: “I can confirm that the image is photoshopped and inauthentic.” She added. “The original was taken by myself at Capitol Diner in Harrisburg on August 12.” 

Tripp attached the original photo, which can be seen below. 

Oz also tweeted the original photo on August 12:

 

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Khaya Himmelman is a fact checker for The Dispatch. She is a graduate of Columbia Journalism School and Barnard College.