On Thanksgiving,  a Twitter account by the name of @solikearose tweeted out a surprising image of CNN broadcasting porn instead of Anthony Bourdain’s scheduled show Parts Unknown. And then without really much questioning, a bunch of news sites ran with it, claiming that the network showed the footage for about 30 minutes.

Like the news sites didn’t question it almost at all. The NY Post even had its headline “CNN accidentally airs transsexual porn on Thanksgiving” without even potentially including room for doubt there.

It started with The Independent writing an article, which was then featured by the Drudge Report through Twitter.

CNN accidentally airs 30 minutes of trans porn… https://t.co/PWvbSRk6ZB

— DRUDGE REPORT (@DRUDGE_REPORT) November 25, 2016

Other news sources immediately published stories after it being featured on Drudge, including Mashable, The Daily Mail, Esquire, and VarietyHowever, most of the evidence used in the (non-updated) articles was based on one or two tweets from user @solikerose. Many of the original stories neglected to even include statements made by CNN itself or the cable company in questions RCN.

Some screenshots of the tweet and alleged mature content can be seen below:

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Fact-checking largely didn’t begin until the stories were published. The @solikearose account has since turned private, and there don’t seem to be any reports of porn airing on CNN last night. RCN also released statements on twitter saying there is no evidence that porn was aired last night in Boston, where @solikearose is supposedly based.

“We are in the process of researching this incident but see no evidence our CNN network feed was compromised last evening in Boston,” Jeff Carlson, SVP and general manager of RCN Boston, said in a statement to multiple outlets.

@solikearose 800-746-4726. We have not had any reports of the programming issue you mentioned on CNN in Boston. If you’re still having an

— RCN (@RCNconnects) November 25, 2016

@solikearose issue with that channel, please DM us your address so we can troubleshoot when you’re home. Thanks, Melissa

— RCN (@RCNconnects) November 25, 2016

Obviously the reason that media outlets were so quick to spread the story is because who wouldn’t want to either laugh or loathe a broadcasting company that decided to air pornography on arguable one of the most family-oriented days of the year.

This is an issue of major concern because many people are citing fake news stories being spread through media like Facebook as having a significant cause on the outcome of the 2016 election, and it truly shows how gullible readers can be when they go to their trusted source of untrustworthy info.

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