Snopes Says Florida’s Fake ‘Anti-Revival Banned Book List’ Is ‘Satire’ Instead of Admitting It’s ‘False’

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The liberal fact-checking website Snopes claimed that a realistic Florida “no-go” list circulating on social media was “satire” rather than fake Monday.

In his “fact-check,” Snopes on Saturday reviewed an image posted to the Freesus Patriot Twitter account claiming to be “Florida’s anti-revival banned book list,” which included, among other titles, “The Lord of the Rings,” “1984” and “A Shortcut in Time”.

Snopes reporter Bethania Palma noted that the list followed efforts by “Republican lawmakers” to limit explicit and political books in children’s schools.

“Amid pressure from U.S. Republican lawmakers to limit children’s access to books in schools and libraries on sensitive topics, some social media users posted a list in August 2022 that allegedly contained book titles ‘banned’ in schools and libraries statewide in Florida,” Palma wrote.

Florida lawmakers have worked to pull critical books on race and sex theory from school libraries.
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Although the listing was later determined to be fake, Palma called the image “originating from satire”. According to Snopes, “This rating refers to content that originally came from a site described as satirical, but was later stripped of some of its satirical marks, repackaged, and published elsewhere. The rating also applies to content which is not necessarily labeled as satire but which an audience nevertheless perceives as satirical, like the content of The Onion.”

“The tweeted list appears to have started out as an attempt at satire, although as often happens on the internet, it was quickly taken out of its original context and shared by those who thought it was real,” Palma wrote. .

While Palma insisted the list was a “satire”, the image was shared by many progressive accounts, including teachers’ union president Randi Weingarten, as real. Weingarten later deleted the tweet, acknowledging his mistake with a screenshot while insisting that “book bans are very real and dangerous.”

Palma also wrote that Freesus Patriot claimed “it all started as a satire” to poke fun at Florida conservatives. However, a since-deleted tweet from the account previously insisted the listing was real.

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A tweet from the ‘Freesus Patriot’ Twitter account that reads “I won’t say where this list came from due to source protection but if this list is fake then I urge @RonDeSantisFL to publicly declare the books on this list will not be banned in Florida schools and it intends to protect the rights of students I will remove it if it does.
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“I’m not going to say where this list came from due to source protection, but if this list is wrong, I urge @RonDeSantisFL to publicly state that the books on this list will not be banned from Florida schools. and he intends to protect the rights of students. I will remove him if he does,” the account wrote.

Freesus Patriot also deleted the original list and rebranded its Twitter profile as “satire”, but only after the Snopes report was published.

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis’ press secretary Bryan Griffin denounced Snopes’ memo on Twitter after previously confirming the list was “fake.”

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“Dummy book ban list image doesn’t get @snopes ‘False’ rating but ‘Originated as Satire’. ‘Removed from some satirical marks’? ‘Audience is perceived as satirical’? No , it was a lie that went far and is now getting a PR cover job from a ‘fact checker,’” Griffin tweeted.

On Sunday, Griffin tweeted in response to the since-deleted “Florida Anti-Revival Banned Book List” tweet, “False. The State of Florida does not have a ban on killing a mockingbird. In fact, Florida RECOMMENDS the book in Grade 8. (FL Related Standards, page 160. However, the book was banned by a progressive district of California, along with other classics, in 2020).

Snopes did not refer to California’s Burbank Unified School District’s 2020 announcement that it would ban classic novels such as “To Kill a Mockingbird”, “The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn”, “Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry” and “Of Mice and Men”. “, which, according to the original list, were now banned in Florida.

In a statement to Fox News Digital, Griffin further explained, “There is clearly a double standard. are not sanctioned. Meanwhile, conservative voices are frequently censored – even when those conservative voices are merely exposing radical leftist ideas.”

Parents protested school board meetings for pushing racial and sexualized books on their children.

Parents protested school board meetings for pushing racial and sexualized books on their children.
(Robert Gauthier/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images)

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Snopes has often been called out for politically biased “fact checks” that appear to champion leftist figures.

In 2021, the site came under fire for claiming that a statement saying Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez “wasn’t even in the Capitol building” during the January 6 Capitol riot was “mostly untrue”, even though they admitted, “Ocasio-Cortez wasn’t in the main Capitol building.”

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