FACT CHECK: No, Vice Did Not Publish This Nonsensical Headline About Baltimore Bridge

Anna Mock | Fact Check Reporter

A photo shared on X allegedly shows a Vice headline that reads, “The Racist Francis Scott Key Bridge was vital to Trans Sex Workers Addicted to Heroin.” 

Verdict: False

The photo is digitally fabricated. There is no evidence Vice published such a headline.

Fact Check:

Six construction workers are presumed dead after a cargo ship named crashed into Baltimore’s Francis Scott Key Bridge last week, according to USA Today. The 985-foot-long ship lost power before it struck one of the bridge’s supports at 9 mph, causing it to break and crash into the water within seconds, AP News reported.

An X photo purportedly shows an unintelligible Vice headline about the bridge. The post shares a screenshot of the alleged article with the option to listen.

“The Racist Francis Scott Key Bridge was vital to Trans Sex Workers Addicted to Heroin,” the alleged headline reads. Underneath this, a subhead reads, “The pilot of the container ship was a right wing Christo-Fascist linked to the Proud Boys, is shipping the new gateway to extremism?” The byline claims it was written by someone named Tess Owen. 

“I knew VICE would be able to tackle this breaking news story,” the caption reads. (RELATED: Does Video Show Explosion At Francis Scott Key Bridge?)

The photo is digitally fabricated, however. The article cannot be found through a search of Vice’s website or on any of its social media accounts. It does not appear under articles for the alleged writer, Tess Owen. Owen made a post on X that reads, “Can’t believe I have to say this, but this is fake.” She announced in another post in February that she was being laid off after nine years with the company.

Check Your Fact reached out to a Vice spokesperson for comment and will update this piece accordingly if one is received. 

Anna Mock

Fact Check Reporter