Another inaccurate ad is now running in the Trump campaign.
Some of the ads have a white circle around that part of the image, as if they were showing people where to look to see that Biden was caught.
Facts first:: The Trump commercial image of Biden wearing an earphone is not authentic. The earbud has been converted into a real photo showing Biden without the earbuds.
In fact, the Trump campaign also shows some anti-Biden ads that use the same Biden photo without the earbud worked in.
Trump campaign communications director Tim Murtaugh said in an email Thursday that the earbud ads were an “overt satire”
There is no evidence that this happened. Regardless, it is by no means obvious that the ads are meant to be satirical. Some of the ads say things like “Joe’s PLEASE pause during the debate! CHECK JOE’S EARS! He refused a drug test and refused an earpiece inspection!” Others say, “WHO’S IN JOE’S EAR?”
According to statistics from Facebook’s publicly accessible ad database, the earphone ads, some of which were still active on Friday three days after the debate, were seen together a million times. In fact, Facebook doesn’t review politicians’ ads.
It’s not clear whether the Trump campaign did its own Photoshop job or took the altered image from someone else.