FACT CHECK: Did CNN Publish This Article About Kellogg’s Making One Of Its Mascots A Trans Woman?
An image shared on Facebook purportedly shows an article published by CNN with a headline that reads, “Kellogg’s spokesperson announces Rice Krispie mascot ‘Pop’ is now a trans woman.”
The screenshot is digitally fabricated. There is no record of CNN publishing such a story.
The image appears to show a screenshot of a May 20 CNN article reporting that Kellogg’s has announced that one of its mascots for Rice Krispies cereal is now a transgender woman. “Kellogg’s spokesperson announces Rice Krispie mascot ‘Pop’ is now a trans woman,” reads the alleged article’s headline.
“Huh,” reads the image’s caption. (RELATED: Does This Image Show A Real CNN Headline Related To GameStop’s Stock Price Increase?)
There is no record of CNN publishing such a story. It does not appear anywhere on the outlet’s website, nor could it be found on CNN’s verified Facebook, Twitter or Instagram accounts. A CNN spokesperson told Reuters the news outlet had not published the story.
“We have made no changes to the Rice Krispies mascots, Snap Crackle and Pop,” said a Kellogg’s spokesperson in an email to Check Your Fact.
This is not the first time social media users have spread misinformation through fabricated CNN articles. Check Your Fact recently debunked a claim that CNN published an article about the war in Ukraine that featured a picture of a burning compound from the 1993 Waco siege.