A claim that United States President Barack Obama had awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom to various men accused of unsavory or predatory behavior appeared in a October 2017 meme, after Hollywood director Harvey Weinstein was publicly accused of sexual assault by at least forty women who worked with his company.
It’s not clear precisely where the meme originated, but it shows Obama pinning the Medal of Freedom on former U.S. President Bill Clinton, the aforementioned Harvey Weinstein, disgraced congressman Anthony Weiner, and comedian Bill Cosby:
The text reads:
I didn’t know there was a sexual predator award..
By contrast, the other three photos have been digitally manipulated — and not particularly well, for that matter — to make it appear that they were honored by Obama as well. A list of everyone awarded the Presidential Medal of Honor by Obama can be found at the archived version of Obama’s White House website. Neither Weinstein, Weiner, nor Cosby appear there, making this claim and meme pure disinformation.
Note, 1/23/2020, 11:06am: This page has been updated. You can view the original here. -bb