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The claim: A video shows a child shouting profanity at Jill Biden while she reads to students
After Jill Biden unveiled the White House’s annual Christmas decorations and hosted a story time event with a group of students from Maryland, a video purporting to show a child shouting profanity at the first lady went viral online.
“Kid Yells ‘Shut the F up!’ at Jill Biden’s Book Reading,” reads the headline of a Nov. 29 YouTube video that accumulated more than 18,000 views in less than a week.
The 18-second video shows Biden delivering remarks about her children’s book: “Don’t Forget, God Bless our Troops,” to a group of students who are sitting on the floor wearing masks.
A child is heard in the background yelling an expletive as Biden says, "When my son was away, my granddaughter, just like you kids, really, really missed her daddy. So I wrote this book to tell other kids, 'cause there's lots of kids who don't know what it's like."
But the footage has been manipulated using years-old audio and has been debunked by fact-checking organizations. The original video shows Biden was not interrupted by a child yelling a profanity.
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The social media users who shared the video did not return requests for comment. The YouTube channel does not have a way to be contacted.
Video is altered
The audio that was added to the clip of Biden reading originates from a June 2019 video titled, “Kid tells teacher to shut up,” in which a boy in a classroom shouts profanity during a graduation party.
“I wrote this book to tell other kids, 'cause there’s lots of kids who don’t know what it’s like to be a military kid,” Biden says in the authentic clip. The altered version cuts her off mid-sentence and plays the audio of the boy yelling.
Our rating: Altered
Based on our research, we rate ALTERED a video claiming to show a child shouting profanity at Biden while she reads to students. The audio comes from a 2019 clip of a boy yelling at a teacher in a classroom during a graduation ceremony. The full-length video shows no such interaction took place while Biden read her children's book to students at the White House.
Our fact-check sources:
P&S Adventures YouTube, June 23, 2019, Kid tells teacher to shut up
Washington Press, Nov. 29, First Lady Jill Biden reads to a second grade class from Waldorf, Maryland at WH
C-SPAN, Nov. 29, First Lady Remarks to White House Holiday Decoration Volunteers
Michael LaRosa, Nov. 29, Tweet
@PapiTrumpo, Nov. 29, Tweet
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This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Fact check: Clip of child shouting profanity at Jill Biden is altered