U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack hasn’t been arrested, regardless of posts on-line claiming in any other case.
The rumor seems to have originated in an April 29 story by Real Raw News, a web site identified for publishing fabricated tales that always embrace phony military arrests.
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The story falsely mentioned that Vilsack was arrested on April 26 by the U.S. Navy Judge Advocate General’s Corps due to his reference to “calculated destruction” of meals processing services round the nation.
PolitiFact beforehand discovered no proof to help claims that mentioned fires at meals processing vegetation have been being set deliberately to disrupt the meals provide and hasten a meals scarcity. There additionally is not any proof that any of the fires have resulted in a meals scarcity disaster in the U.S.
Real Raw News’ “About Us” web page encompasses a disclaimer saying it accommodates “humor, parody and satire,” whereas requires donations on its article pages declare that the web site fights for “reality and freedom of the press in an oppressed society.” There is not any satire or parody disclaimer on the story about Vilsack.
There have been no credible stories about Vilsack’s alleged arrest. He had a full schedule on the day he was supposedly taken into custody that included a number of dealings with the press. He has additionally made several appearances since.
A spokesperson for the U.S. Department of Agriculture confirmed to PolitiFact in an electronic mail that claims of Vilsack’s arrest are “false” and highlighted our earlier reporting about Real Raw News’ strategies and historical past of fabrications. Patricia Babb, public affairs officer for the Navy Judge Advocate General’s Corps, additionally mentioned the declare is fake.
We charge it Pants on Fire!
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