Was Oprah Winfrey Just Arrested + Jailed In Gitmo?!

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Was Oprah Winfrey just arrested for treason, and jailed in Guantanamo Bay?!

Take a look at the viral claim, and find out what the FACTS really are!


Claim : Oprah Winfrey Was Just Arrested + Jailed In Gitmo!

On 14 January 2024, Real Raw News posted an article (archive) claiming that Oprah Winfrey was just arrested for treason and a wide range of crimes, and jailed in Guantanamo Bay!

As usual, the article is long, rambling and confusing, so here is an excerpt. Please feel free to skip to the next section for the facts!

Oprah Winfrey Goes to GITMO

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Was Oprah Winfrey Just Arrested + Jailed In Gitmo?!


Truth : Oprah Winfrey Was Not Arrested Or Jailed In Gitmo!

The truth is – this is just another FAKE STORY created by Real Raw News, just to generate page views and money.

Everything posted by Real Raw News must be regarded as FAKE NEWS, until proven otherwise.

Fact #1 : Real Raw News Is A Fake News Website

Real Raw News is a fake news website that capitalises on making shocking but fake stories to generate page views and money.

To protect himself from legal repercussions, the owner and writer, Michael Baxter (real name – Michael Tuffin), claims that his articles are “humour, parody, and satire“.

This disclaimer, which is not clearly mentioned in his articles, lets him keep creating fake news to go viral, and generate money.

His articles have been regularly debunked as fake news, so you should NEVER share anything from his website. Here are some of his fake stories that I debunked earlier:

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Michael Baxter Tuffin
A March 2018 screenshot of Michael Tuffin, who goes by the pseudonym Michael Baxter

Fact #2 : Oprah Winfrey Was Not Arrested / Jailed

This is really silly, but it has to be said – Oprah Winfrey was not arrested or jailed for any reason.

Oprah Winfrey is a mega celebrity, and one of the richest women in the world, with a net worth of $3.5 billion as of May 2023. If she was ever arrested, it would have been international news.

Yet, no legitimate media outlet, not even celebrity blogs, have reported that Oprah Winfrey was in any legal trouble, never mind arrested and jailed!

On top of that, Oprah posted a video on Instagram on Monday, 15 January 2024, in which she thanked Dolce & Gabbana for the purple dress she wore to the 29th Critics’ Choice Awards the day earlier.

Needless to say – she was seen in public, with the other cast members of The Color Purple, at the Critics’ Choice Award on Sunday, January 14 2024!

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Fact #3 : JAG Has No Powers Over Civilians

The claim that JAG investigators arrested Oprah Winfrey is absurd. The Judge Advocate General’s Corps is the military justice branch of the American military. It has no powers or jurisdiction over civilians like Oprah Winfrey.

The civilian justice system is separate from the military justice system. JAG officers can only prosecute US military service members.

Only in rare exceptions are JAG officers allowed to prosecute civilians. For example, if the civilian committed a crime on a military base, or while working in a foreign country and the local laws allow it. They can also prosecute civilians with special authority from the President, or Congress.

Fact #4 : JAG Officers Cannot Arrest Anyone

JAG officers are not law enforcement officers. They are really military lawyers, and have no powers to arrest anyone – not even military personnel.

They can investigate crimes, defend or prosecute service members accused of those crimes. But JAG officers cannot actually arrest anyone.

Everything posted by Real Raw News should be regarded as FAKE NEWS.

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