Is the Earth flat and surrounded by a transparent barrier that prevents rockets from leaving the Earth's atmosphere? Beyond this barrier, is there a firmament composed of water or a liquid-like substance? Does this explain why the U.S. go
"If Arizona were a country, it’d be the eighth largest incarcerator in the world."
REVIEW Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, researchers and journalists have noted partisan differences in adherence to physical distancing and mask wearing, and intention to receive the COVID-19 vaccine between Democrats and Republicans in the U.S.
REVIEW On 23 and 24 October 2022, writer at the Canadian news website Western Standard Matthew Horwood posted two tweets showing photos of blood clots. One of the tweets included quotes claiming, “They’re just not normal clots. It’s almost lik
Although the number of crimes recorded by police is on the rise, the overall crime rate as measured by the crime survey is falling.
Are satellites a myth because there is no way they could survive high temperatures in space? No, that's not true: A NASA spokesperson called this claim about satellites "misleading." According to NASA, artificial satellites are built to s
There is no medical evidence that deaths in athletes are related to Covid vaccinations, and the sources used to make the claim rely on flawed figures.
Did a student called Fluffy Janow win a "lawsuit to have cat litter installed in high school bathrooms" in Rhea County, Tennesee? No, that's not true. A satire account on Facebook published the claim following a meeting of Tennessee legis
“Overdoses reached an all-time high in 2021.”
Hobbs is running for the governorship of the state of Arizona and is being challenged by Republican Kari Lake, who was endorsed by former U.S. President Donald Trump.
Red flames on a stovetop are a sign of appliance faults, issues or blockages, and potential indications of carbon monoxide leakage.
REVIEW Vitamin C, also known as ascorbic acid, is a nutrient with antioxidant properties that plays a key role in important bodily functions, including the production of collagen. Vitamin C deficiency causes various alterations and can lead to scurv
The claims we looked at in September 2022, as the November election drew closer, became more pointed – and often m
A September 30 2022 Facebook image of a “highway to heaven” in Wyoming spread virally in late September and early October 2022; the attached image looked like this: No links to additional information or a source for the image appeared alo
On October 3 2022, journalist James Surowiecki tweeted about a “new study” of post-vaccine pandemic mortality, contrasting deaths in Florida and Ohio with voter registrations: New study of almost 600,000 deaths in Ohio and Florida shows t
Can high-dose intravenous treatments of vitamin C kill cancer cells and act as an alternative to chemotherapy? No, that's not entirely true: Though preliminary evidence suggests that treatment by intravenous vitamin C (IVC), or ascorbic a
"I was named Iowa’s most bipartisan member of Congress by @TheLugarCenter.”
Republican super PACs are using an outdated Congressional Budget Office estimate to falsely claim in TV ads that Democrats voted to raise taxes by $20 billion on “lower- and middle-income families.” The ads concern a provision in the In
Says under his plan to end cash bail "the Waukesha perpetrator wouldn’t have been released "
The pileup began when one semitrailer clipped another while changing lanes, officials said.
Do Alzheimer's and dementia patients "ALWAYS have high levels of aluminum in their bodies"? No, that's not true: A neurologist told Lead Stories this claim was false; a spokesperson for the National Institute of Environmental Health Scien
An English professor takes a critical look at why today’s students are assigned the same books that were assigned decades ago – and why American school curricula are so difficult to change.
Did Ohio high school football player Kaden Clymer get the COVID-19 vaccine before he was found with a 6-foot-long clot in his leg? No, this claim lacks context. A local TV station covering the story later reported that Clymer had been dia
Several studies say veganism increases depression and vice versa. However, more studies are required to establish a definite connection.
A gold judicial collar made of glass beads that belonged to Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is being auctioned to benefit a charity, the first time any of the her signature neckwear will be available for purchase.
PolitiFact Wisconsin 'High Five' for August 2022
Joe Biden's student debt forgiveness plan is a "bailout for rich kids."
According to a popular article that was shared in 2022, events that occurred in 2019 were inspired by news from 2020. Confused yet?
More than half of the encounters in 2021 were Title 42 expulsions. An expert said this means migrants may try multiple times to make an asylum claim. This drives up the number of encounters.
The FBI on Aug. 8 executed a search warrant at former President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago property in Florida. A federal judge magistrate signed the warrant after “finding probable cause that evidence of multiple federal crimes would be fou
On August 25 2022, a popular screenshot of a tweet on Imgur claimed that right-wing entities fell for and promoted a “poll” on Twitter — without checking to determine whether it was credible: Amazing but not surprising: Doug Mastr
There is no cap placed by European Union on gas prices. The rates vary across Europe as countries import natural gas from different reserves.
A screenshot circulating on social media shows electricity prices in September 2021, and doesn’t reflect current prices.
“Violent crime (is) at an all-time high."
Quick Take The Inflation Reduction Act includes $79 billion for the IRS. Social media posts misleadingly claim the IRS will now hire “87,000 new agents” to investigate average citizens. But most new hires will provide customer services, and
Under Abbott, Texas leads the nation in rape offenses while the rate of arrests for rape has fallen by nearly HALF.
PolitiFact Wisconsin 'High Five' for July 2022
A newly upgraded state Department of Transportation sign erected last week that pointed drivers toward Albuquerque misspelled the city's name.