Fake Photo, Faux-Irony: 'We Built It' Sign Not Under Debt Sign at RNC

A photo circulating online, allegedly from the RNC, turns out to be a fake.

Updated, 4:07 p.m.: A photo circulated widely today on Facebook and Twitter that purported to show two signs -- one with the national debt on a digital display, another reading "We Built It" -- at the RNC. A number of people, including BuzzFeed's Stacy Lambe and us, were fooled by the image. As it turns out, it's not real. Although both signs were at the Tampa Bay Times Forum, where the RNC is being held, they weren't arranged that way. Here's the fake photo:

webuiltdebt.banner.twitpic.jpg

And here's a real picture of the arena, with "We Built It" -- the theme of the convention's first night -- replaced with "We believe in America," Thursday night's theme.

realRNCwall.banner.buzzfeed.jpg
BuzzFeed
Presented by

David A. Graham is a senior associate editor at The Atlantic, where he oversees the Politics Channel. He previously reported for Newsweek, The Wall Street Journal, and The National.

The Man Who Owns 40,000 Video Games

A short documentary about an Austrian gamer with an uncommon obsession

Join the Discussion

After you comment, click Post. If you’re not already logged in you will be asked to log in or register.

blog comments powered by Disqus

Video

The 86-Year-Old Farmer Who Won't Quit

A filmmaker returns to his hometown to profile the patriarch of a family farm

Video

Riding Unicycles in a Cave

"If you fall down and break your leg, there's no way out."

Video

Carrot: A Pitch-Perfect Satire of Tech

"It's not just a vegetable. It's what a vegetable should be."

Video

An Ingenious 360-Degree Time-Lapse

Watch the world become a cartoonishly small playground

Video

The Benefits of Living Alone on a Mountain

"You really have to love solitary time by yourself."

More in Politics

Just In