Fox Business host Charles Payne has been at the forefront of conservative pundits slamming #blackbrunch protesters who interrupted white restaurant patrons mid-meal this past Sunday.
But it turns out that the photo Payne shared along with the tweet wasn’t an image from Sunday’s protests. It’s a meme that’s been widely shared on white supremacist websites and other racist posts as far back as 2010, according to Talking Points Memo.
The original photo, which was published by the Detroit News, shows a crowd rushing through a door to pick up federal housing assistance forms. At some point, a KFC logo was photoshopped onto the glass doors and the caption “Photograph from the opening of a new KFC in Detroit, 2009” was added to the image.
Even after Twitter users called Payne out for sharing the image, the Fox host continued to defend the photo as “real” even though it had nothing to do with the protests.
Finally, Payne seemed to acknowledge that the he screwed up and said he’d address the photo on his show “Making Money” the following Monday.
But even after that, he went back to insisting the photo, although not linked to the protests, was an actual event and was not photoshopped.