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Fake News: Photo Does NOT Show Michelle Obama With A Penis

  • by: Alan Duke
  • (Tue, 30 Jul 2019 16:06:56 Z)

Does a photo of Michelle Obama show a penis bulge under her dress, proving the former first lady is a man? No, that's not true: The image is of Michelle Obama onstage to deliver an addresses at the Democratic National Convention on August 25, 2008. A review of broadcast video and photo agency images recorded that night do not reveal the same bulge and crease that purportedly is evidence that Obama was hiding a penis under her Maria Pinto dress.

The fake image originated as early as 2010 and has continued to circulate on social media, including more recently in a post (archived here) published on July 28, 2019 under the title "SOME THINGS ARE SELF EVIDENT." The meme showed former U.S. Army soldier Chelsea Manning, the whistleblower born as Bradley Edward Manning before coming out as a trans woman, on the left half and Michelle Obama on the right side.

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This is what social media users saw:

Lead Stories previously debunked the claim that Michelle Obama is a man and did not give birth to Malia and Sasha. The daughters were allegedly "loaned" to the Obama's in the 1990s to cover up her sexuality so that it would not prevent Barack Obama from being elected U.S. president a decade later. That article is titled "Fake News: Malia And Sasha Were NOT Loaned To Obamas By Their Real Parents." Explaining where Malia and Sasha came from is essential to the myth that she is a man.

But we are focusing in this article specifically in this image -- which has been published by dozens of websites over the past decade. Debunking it was simple since there are many original photos and videos of Obama in that same dress at the same moment. Tens of millions of people were watching the speech on cable TV, according to ADWEEK. Many millions more watched on broadcast TV in the U.S. and around the world. Dozens of still cameras were focused on Ms. Obama from the moment she walked out on the stage of Denver's Pepsi Center. We've reviewed videos frame by frame and scoured the images available online. The exact crease and bulge, when she raises her right hand to wave while standing near the podium, does not appear in any of them. No bulge indicating a hidden penis is seen anywhere beyond this suspicious meme.

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About the author:

Editor-in-Chief Alan Duke co-founded Lead Stories after ending a 26-year career with CNN, where he mainly covered entertainment, current affairs and politics. Duke closely covered domestic terrorism cases for CNN, including the Oklahoma City federal building bombing, the UNABOMBER and search for Southeast bomber Eric Robert Rudolph. CNN moved Duke to Los Angeles in 2009 to cover the entertainment beat. Duke also co-hosted a daily podcast with former HLN host Nancy Grace, "Crime Stories with Nancy Grace" and hosted the podcast series "Stan Lee's World: His Real Life Battle with Heroes & Villains." You'll also see Duke in many news documentaries, including on the Reelz channel, CNN and HLN.

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