Posts misrepresent satirical story on Jan. 6 text exchanges

Posted on AllSides June 20th, 2022
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CLAIM: Leaked text messages obtained by CNN showed that Virginia Thomas and Mark Meadows corresponded about Venmo payments and “coup buses” amid the Jan. 6, 2021, insurrection at the U.S. Capitol.

AP’S ASSESSMENT: False. While CNN has published real texts between the pair, this exchange circulating online was invented for a satirical piece published by The New Yorker, and is being misrepresented as a genuine communication between Thomas, the wife of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, and Meadows, former White House chief of staff. A CNN spokesperson confirmed the news...

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