USA Today Accused of Biased Fact Check on Trump Campaign Shirts, Nazi Symbolism

Headline Roundup July 13th, 2020

USA Today has been accused of biased fact checking regarding a piece it published Saturday exploring a possible connection between Trump campaign merchandise and Nazi symbolism. The USA Today article initially rated the claim that "Trump campaign shirts feature imperial eagle, a Nazi symbol" as true, before making an update Monday morning and changing the rating to "Inconclusive".

No other center- or left-rated outlets had covered the story as of Monday night; many left-leaning voices and critics of Trump accused the president of promoting Nazi ideology in reaction to USA Today's article. Coverage and opinions from right-rated sources focused on the fact that the eagle is a symbol of many other groups and political institutions within the U.S., and accused USA Today of complicity in the purported mainstream anti-Trump media bias.

USA Today Accused of Biased Fact Check on Trump Campaign Shirts, Nazi Symbolism

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In a “fact check” published on Saturday, USA Today claimed to “confirm” rumors that President Donald Trump’s re-election campaign was selling merchandise emblazoned with a “Nazi symbol,” the “Imperial Eagle.” By Sunday night, however, after being fully embarrassed on social media, the paper walked back their claims.

The “fact check” came in response to claims made by two Twitter accounts, Bend the Curve, a left-leaning anti-Semitism watchdog account, and The Lincoln Project, a Republican anti-Trump political action group. The two organizations both noted that Trump’s campaign was selling shirts featuring...

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USA Today was dragged over the weekend after publishing a “fact check” claiming the Trump campaign sold shirts featuring a Nazi symbol of an eagle, and later clarified that “the eagle is a longtime US symbol, too.”

The paper published a “fact check” claiming “Trump's campaign website recently unveiled a T-shirt that has come under fire because of design similarities between its logo and a Nazi symbol” and coming to the conclusion that the claims are “true.”

“The claims that a Trump campaign T-shirt has come under criticism for using...

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FACT CHECK

The claim: Trump campaign shirts feature imperial eagle, a Nazi symbol
President Donald Trump's campaign website recently unveiled a T-shirt that has come under fire because of design similarities between its logo and a Nazi symbol.

The similarity was first noticed, according to Forward, by two Twitter accounts, Bend the Arc: Jewish Action, described as a Jewish progressive group, and the Lincoln Project, an anti-Trump group formed by Republicans.

"The President of the United States is campaigning for reelection with a Nazi symbol. Again," Bend the Arc tweeted...

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