A claim from an unverified Twitter account said the user's friend was handed a flyer after check-in at the Trump International Hotel in Washington, D.C., which directed recipients to an online petition asking for CNN not to be shown on televisions in federal buildings.
The petition is real enough, hosted on the White House site, launched by President Barack Obama.
— 6million$woman (@ackrantz11) October 11, 2017
"Please issue an order to the agencies and employees who work for you as Chief Executive of the U.S., that they are to shut off this negative force undermining your presidency," asks the petition, which only has 51 signatures.
The woman offered no proof the flyer had been handed out by the hotel, other than an apparent Facebook post by an anonymous friend.
Here is a closeup of her original post that shows her check-in and hotel name by geo tag. pic.twitter.com/cbLj7FvC2f
— 6million$woman (@ackrantz11) October 12, 2017
Nonetheless, it recieved thousands of retweets and was shared by several celebrities and media figures.
— Christopher C. Cuomo (@ChrisCuomo) October 12, 2017
OMFG. This can’t be real. Is this real? Can anyone else confirm? https://t.co/ZXYnKt10sx
— Alyssa Milano (@Alyssa_Milano) October 12, 2017
Dear journalists, find out who is having these handed out at Trump Hotels. https://t.co/2FgzlI4SRv
— Emma Kennedy (@EmmaKennedy) October 12, 2017
This is incredible. And pathetic. https://t.co/HP3Ud3CNOz
— Mark S. Zaid (@MarkSZaidEsq) October 12, 2017
Created by DC? https://t.co/rU48IGAVnr
— rabia chaudry (@rabiasquared) October 12, 2017
— Maureen Shaw (@MaureenShaw) October 12, 2017
— steven pasquale (@StevePasquale) October 12, 2017
Even a few Never Trump conservatives shared the tweet while still asking for confirmation.
Anyone else seen this at the Trump DC hotel? https://t.co/WVYdr75iUz
— Rick Wilson (@TheRickWilson) October 12, 2017
Is this being checked out? https://t.co/oJXnIYK8Jp
— Cathy Young (@CathyYoung63) October 12, 2017
In a statement, the Trump Hotel told the Washington Free Beacon that the tweet was not true.
"We have no knowledge of this and it is not true," a spokeswoman said simply.