Fact check: Cropping alters context of viral Obama campaign event photo

McKenzie Sadeghi, USA TODAY
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The claim: Image shows the word 'lies' behind Obama during campaign event

As former President Barack Obama hits the campaign trail in support of former Vice President Joe Biden, misinformation surrounding his events has surfaced on social media.

A viral image circulating on Facebook shows the word "lies" behind Obama while at a campaign event for Biden on Oct. 21 in Philadelphia.

"One picture is worth a thousand words," reads the caption of the photo that has been shared over 14,000 times, posted by the Facebook page Hopelessly Conservative.

USA TODAY reached out to the page for comment.

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President Barack Obama speaks at Citizens Bank Park as he campaigns for Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden on Oct. 21, 2020, in Philadelphia.
President Barack Obama speaks at Citizens Bank Park as he campaigns for Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden on Oct. 21, 2020, in Philadelphia.

Photo is edited

The photo comes from Obama's drive-in rally at Citizens Bank Park, where he criticized President Donald Trump for his handling of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Original photos from the event reveal that Obama was speaking in front of Lincoln Financial Field stadium and Broad St. Bullies Pub, an adjacent restaurant.

A broader view of the event and the surroundings behind Obama shows the photo has been edited to crop the word "Bullies" on the restaurant's sign to show only "lies."

A full video of the event and the entire background can be viewed on C-SPAN.

The image is authentic and is from the actual campaign event, however, the tight cropping makes the photo in the post appear highly pixelated.

Our rating: Missing Context

A broader image of the entire event shows that the photo has been deceptively edited to crop the word "bullies" behind Obama to make it appear to say "lies," therefore, we rate this claim as MISSING CONTEXT.

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