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- This story originated on a self-described satire site.
Fans of country singer Jason Aldean have voiced their frustration after CMT pulled his "Try That in a Small Town" music video from rotation.
CMT didn’t say why it had stopped airing the video, but the move followed charges the video was racist and glorified lynching and violence, allegations Aldean has denied.
Some country singers have since shown their support for Aldean, but not every headline about supposed displays of solidarity is authentic.
"Hank Williams Jr resigns from CMT’s board of directors: ‘I support Jason Aldean,’" reads what looks like one news headline among several shared in a recent Facebook post.
It was flagged as part of Meta’s efforts to combat false news and misinformation on its News Feed. (Read more about our partnership with Meta, which owns Facebook and Instagram.)
We found the headline on the website of The Dunning-Kruger Times, which publishes "parody, satire and tomfoolery," according to its About Us page.
We found no evidence that Williams has made such a show of support for Aldean. No such statement appears on his Facebook, Instagram or Twitter pages, and we found no news stories corroborating the claim.
We rate claims that it’s authentic False.
Facebook post, July 22, 2023
The New York Times, Jason Aldean Video for ‘Try That in a Small Town’ Pulled Amid Backlash, July 19, 2023
The Dunning-Kruger Times, Hank Williams Jr Resigns From CMT’s Board of Directors: "I Support Jason Aldean," visited July 24, 2023
Hank Williams Jr. Twitter account, visited July 24, 2023
Hank Williams Jr. Instagram account, visited July 24, 2023
Hank Williams Jr. Facebook account, visited July 24, 2023
Billboard, Cody Johnson Offers Support to Jason Aldean Amid ‘Try That in a Small Town’ Controversy, July 23, 2023
PolitiFact, Jason Aldean's 'Try That in a Small Town' video includes footage from non-U.S. protests, July 20, 2023
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