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The claim: The Atlantic published an article with the headline, 'The Heroism of Biden’s Bike Fall'
Shortly after President Joe Biden fell off his bike near his home in Delaware, false claims about the incident surfaced on social media.
A June 19 Instagram post purports to show a screenshot of a headline from The Atlantic reading, "The Heroism of Biden’s Bike Fall.”
"The President gracefully illustrated an important lesson for all Americans – when we fall, we must get back up,” reads the subhead.
The screenshot includes The Atlantic logo and text that says “Subscribe” in the upper right corner and also features a reference to the outlet’s newsletter.
Though Biden did fall, The Atlantic article in these social media posts is not real. A spokesperson for The Atlantic told USA TODAY the outlet didn't publish any such story.
USA TODAY reached out to the social media posters who shared the claim for comment.
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Story is fabricated
USA TODAY did not find the purported headline on The Atlantic's website or social media accounts. Anna Bross, a spokesperson for The Atlantic, confirmed in an email exchange with USA TODAY that the headline is fake.
The Atlantic also addressed the fake article in a newsletter published June 21.
"P.S.: If you've seen an Atlantic headline about 'the heroism of Biden's bike fall' circulating on social media, it's not real. It seems to be a parody," the newsletter said.
The handle "@Grandoldmemes" appears in the top right corner of the image used in the altered news article. On Instagram, the account describes itself as a "digital creator" while on Twitter it identifies as a "meme plug."
Biden fell off his bike on June 18 during a weekend trip to Rehoboth Beach in Delaware, USA TODAY reported. He was not injured. He told reporters that his foot was caught in the toe cage.
Our rating: Altered
Based on our research, we rate ALTERED an image that shows a headline published by The Atlantic reading, “The Heroism of Biden’s Bike Fall.” The screenshot purporting to show the headline is digitally altered. A spokesperson for The Atlantic confirmed the news outlet did not publish any such story.
Our fact-checking sources:
Associated Press, June 19, Fake Atlantic headline spreads on social media
Anna Bross, June 22, email exchange with USA TODAY
The Atlantic Daily, accessed June 23, Newsletter
The Atlantic Daily, June 21, What Are Trump Supporters So Afraid Of?
The Atlantic, accessed June 23, Twitter
The Atlantic, accessed June 23, Instagram
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This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Fact check: Fabricated Atlantic story on Biden's bike fall goes viral