Last updated on March 1, 2022
Prominent anti-Trump Republican Rep. Adam Kinzinger (IL) fell for an infamous hoax last week, tweeting support for comedian Sam Hyde, whom Kinzinger apparently believed to be the so-called “Ghost of Kyiv” due to a poorly photoshopped tweet.
Fans of Hyde’s are known for trying to dupe journalists and others by falsely claiming Hyde is the culprit or hero in various events and memes. Supporters often reply or caption the hoax posts, “He can’t keep getting away with this.”
Breitbart’s Allum Bokhari explained, “Tricksters are quick to spread memes naming American comedian Sam Hyde as the culprit in media events such as mass shootings. In this case, Rep. Kinzinger fell for a poor photoshop of Hyde into a cockpit along with an ethnic spin on his name.”
“The meme, which spread quickly on social media after news of the ‘Ghost of Kyiv’ started to trend, is a variant on the long-running Sam Hyde prank, which claims that the American comedian Sam Hyde is responsible for newsworthy events, particularly those involving mass casualties,” Bokhari noted.
“The tweet was archived by ProPublica’s Politwoops project, which tracks deleted tweets by public officials,” Bokhari reported.
The Daily Caller’s Greg Price mocked Kinzinger for falling for the hoax and nailed the congressmen for sharing a photo from 2016 on Friday.
Here are two viral tweets from booster seat Adam Kinzinger. One is him falling for a Sam Hyde joke and the other is a picture from 2016. pic.twitter.com/AVVWIkpFUw
— Greg Price (@greg_price11) February 28, 2022
“A photo of two children watching Ukrainian soldiers roll past atop two tanks have been falsely linked to the 2022 invasion by Russia. However, Reuters has traced the photo back to 2016,” a Reuters’ fact-check explained.
“The image has been viewed by thousands of people on social media, where it was described as the moment two children waved soldiers off to the frontline,” the report added. “The image of the children waving to Ukrainian troops is not from the 2022 conflict.”
There has also been misinformation posted about the “Ghost of Kyiv.” Video has surfaced online claiming to capture footage of the heroic Ukrainian in action — only the “footage” is from a video game.
“A clip from the videogame Digital Combat Simulator has been miscaptioned online, with social media users claiming it shows a Ukrainian fighter jet shooting down a Russian plane,” Reuters reported.
“Social media users are sharing the story of a Ukrainian jet fighter that purportedly singlehandedly downed six Russian aircrafts, dubbed online as ‘the Ghost of Kyiv.’ Reuters has not independently verified this account,” the report said, adding, “The Ukrainian military said on Feb. 24 that five Russian planes and a Russian helicopter were shot down in the Luhansk region. It has not been confirmed that a single Ukrainian pilot shot down the aircrafts, however.”
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