We’ve all fallen for fake viral photos, so we have to have a bit of sympathy for conservative commentator Dinesh D’Souza, who tweeted out this old-school photo of Hillary Clinton on Tuesday morning.
Look closely at this Hillary photo; isn't that a Confederate flag behind her on the bookshelf? pic.twitter.com/Og3Q0IKREP— Dinesh D'Souza (@DineshDSouza) July 7, 2015
That’d be a helluva find for those Clinton’s political opponents, especially since she said in June, that the Confederate flag “it shouldn’t fly anywhere” in the United States. Problem is, the flag was Photoshopped into the picture. The original, taken in 1969 for Life Magazine, looks like this.
Genius Dinesh D'Souza posts photoshopped picture of Hillary Clinton with a confederate flag pic.twitter.com/CVbzKH2E83— Olivia Nuzzi (@Olivianuzzi) July 7, 2015
See? No Confederate flag by the book case.
For some reason, it took D’Souza four hours to issue a correction, though as of 4:20pm CT, he still hadn’t deleted his original tweet.
CORRECTION: Disregard the photoshopped Confederate flag in the background of the Hillary photo and simply focus on those glasses and hairdo— Dinesh D'Souza (@DineshDSouza) July 7, 2015
Yeah, making fun of her appearance and fashion from four decades ago is clearly the way to go after you’ve misled your followers.
While some have criticized D’Souza for taking half of a work-day to amend his original tweet, others have taken to criticizing him for pleading guilty in 2014 to illegal campaign contributions.
But the best response by far to D’Souza’s tweet was this:
Update 8:20am CT, July 8: D’Souza had posted the photo to his Facebook page, but it has since been deleted. We have removed the deleted post embedded in this article.
Photo via Marc Nozell/Flickr (CC BY ND 2.0)