FACT CHECK: Did A BBC Chyron Describe Liz Truss As A ‘Liar?’

Joseph Casieri | Fact Check Reporter

An image shared on Facebook appears to show a BBC News chyron calling Conservative British Prime Minister Liz Truss the “Newest [Margaret] Thatcher Regeneration.”

Verdict: False

The image has been digitally altered. The original video does not show such a chyron.

Fact Check:

Truss became U.K. Prime Minister Sept. 6, replacing former Prime Minister Boris Johnson, according to ABC News. She met with Queen Elizabeth II two days before her death, whom the prime minister called “the rock upon which modern Britain was built,” Reuters reported.

A Facebook image appears to show a BBC News chyron, dated Sept. 7, describing Liz Truss as a liar. “Liz Truss (Newest Thatcher Regeneration) Lying begins as new liar becomes leader of party of lies” the supposed chyron reads.

The image is digitally fabricated. The original chyron appears during a BBC broadcast of Truss’ first appearance in Parliament as Prime Minister, reading her name and position, but making no reference about her personality. (RELATED: Does This Image Show Someone Selling Nazi Paraphernalia Outside A 2022 Trump Rally?)

During the coverage, Truss was questioned by the Leader of the Opposition, Labour Member of Parliament Keir Starmer, on her tax plan. Starmer challenged her allegiance to working families by criticizing the plan that she laid out, saying it protects Shell’s profits and is a tax break for Amazon.

Check Your Fact has contacted BBC News for comment and will update this piece accordingly if a response is received.

This is not the first time an altered image of a news report has circulated online. Check Your Fact recently debunked a doctored image of a CBC News headline claiming Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau blamed a rise in resentment toward politicians on climate change.

Joseph Casieri

Fact Check Reporter

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