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The Dispatch→ Our Best Stuff on Donald Trump, Joe Exotic, and the Xi-Putin Summit
Former U.S. President Donald Trump speaks to reporters on March 4, 2023, in National Harbor, Maryland. (Photo by Anna Moneymaker/Getty Images)Plus: Deepfakes are here and it’s going to get crazy.Continue reading Our Best Stuff on Donald Trump, Joe E
Full Fact→ Labour MP wrong to say ‘there are no safe routes’ to enter UK
Khalid Mahmood wrongly claimed in Parliament that routes for people from Hong Kong and Afghanistan have been closed.
PolitiFact→ Instagram posts – No, your sexual partner’s mRNA vaccine will not vaccinate you
“You can get vaccinated by sleeping with somebody who is already jabbed” with an mRNA vaccine. “It’s called shedding.”
Lead Stories→ Fact Check: NO Evidence Coffee Enemas Are A Safe And Effective Way To Remove Toxins From Your Body
Are self-administered coffee enemas an effective way to remove toxins in the body and safe enough to be considered "not that big of a deal"? No, that's missing context: The claim that do it yourself at-home coffee enemas are a safe and ef
Full Fact→ The average junior doctor gets paid more than £14 an hour
A BMA advertisement says that a junior doctor makes just £14.09 per hour. This might be true in some cases, but on average junior doctors earn much more.
Truth or Fiction?→ New York Court: Fox News ‘Turned a Blind Eye’ to Guests’ Election Disinformation
The right-wing Fox “news” channel must face a second defamation lawsuit for promoting election deniers following Donald Trump’s resounding loss to Joe Biden in 2020. The New York State Supreme Court ruled on March 8 2023 that a $2.7 b
Full Fact→ The asylum backlog is far higher now than when Labour left government
The home secretary told Parliament the current backlog bears “no comparison” to the situation in 2010, and that Labour would be “found wanting” in any comparison.
Logically→ Surveillance footage proves Capitol Police helped QAnon Shaman Jacob Chansley on January 6 and acted as his ‘tour guide.’
The Dispatch→ The Public Still Deserves Answers About Our COVID Response
Drivers line up to take COVID-19 tests in Long Beach, California, on December 9, 2020. (Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times/Getty Images)Three years on, a blue-ribbon commission should investigate where we went wrong—and what we got right.Continue r
The Dispatch→ Our Best Stuff on Tucker Carlson, the CHIPS Act, and 2024
Tucker Carlson. (Photo by Janos Kummer/Getty Images)Plus: It’s been three years since the pandemic got real.Continue reading Our Best Stuff on Tucker Carlson, the CHIPS Act, and 2024 »
Lead Stories→ Fact Check: Lincoln Did NOT Say ‘The Best Way To Predict Your Future Is To Create It’
Did Abraham Lincoln, the 16th president of the U.S., advise the public on how to predict the future by suggesting that they should create it, instead? No, that's not true: The quote is not authentic, the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Libra
Truth or Fiction?→ Nikola Tesla: ‘You Will Live To See Man-Made Horrors Beyond Your Comprehension’ Quote
On March 9 2023, a Reddit user shared a quote about “man-made horrors beyond your comprehension” to the subreddit r/Damnthatsinteresting: A quote made by Nikola Tesla shortly before his death in 1943. He died bankrupt and alone d
PolitiFact→ Chain email – Waking before sunrise March 12? Daylight saving time could affect your scheduled alarm
Because of daylight saving time, “NO alarm set for the 2:00 a.m. hour will go off” on March 12.
Truth or Fiction?→ How the Court of Public Opinion Shifted on the Infamous McDonald’s Coffee Lawsuit
Derided for years as a comedic (at best) example of a frivolous lawsuit, the story of Stella Liebeck’s legal battle with the McDonald’s fast food chain has been the subject of a critical reappraisal. The 1994 case, Liebeck v. McDonalds, ste
The Dispatch→ Choose Your Own Adventure
Tucker Carlson speaks in Hollywood, Florida, on November 17, 2022. (Photo by Jason Koerner/Getty Images)Fox, January 6, and the unknowable truth.The post Choose Your Own Adventure appeared first on The Dispatch.
Lead Stories→ Fact Check: NO Record Einstein Said ‘I Fear The Day That Technology Will Surpass Our Human Interaction’
Did Albert Einstein say, "I fear the day that technology will surpass our human interaction. The world will have a generation of idiots"? No, that's not true: Archival experts told Lead Stories that there is "no evidence" of such a quote
The Dispatch→ Celebrating Our Differences
A Toblerone chocolate bar is displayed on March 7, 2023, in San Anselmo, California. (Photo Illustration by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)And how, sometimes, rules can help protect diversity.The post Celebrating Our Differences appeared first on The Dis
PolitiFact→ Tucker Carlson – Evidence rebuts Tucker Carlson’s claim about Capitol Police acting as tour guides to ‘QAnon Shaman’
Capitol Police officers “helped” QAnon Shaman Jacob Chansley and “acted as his tour guides.”
Lead Stories→ Fact Check: NO ‘Premeditated Murder’ Arrest Warrant Issued For Bill Gates In Philippines COVID Vaccine Rollout — ‘Heinous Crimes Court’ Does Not Exist
Was an arrest warrant for Bill Gates issued by the "Heinous Crimes Court" in the Philippines for "premeditated murder" linked to vaccine roll out? No, that's not true: A legal expert told Lead Stories, "Philippine courts do not have the a
Poynter→ Finding credible sources to check climate claims
An Instagram user, Tommy Vext, recently posted, “If your global crisis requires publicity stunts to convince everyone there is a crisis, there is no global crisis.” Climate change is a […] The post Finding credible sources to check climate cl
The Dispatch→ Wisconsin’s Supreme Court Slugfest
Wisconsin Supreme Court justice candidates Janet Protasiewicz and Dan Kelly. (Photos courtesy PBS Wisconsin)A state supreme court race will determine the ideological balance of the court, with ramifications for the next decade.The post Wisconsin’s Su
The Dispatch→ Our Best Stuff on Student Debt Relief, Ron DeSantis, and More
Sen. Bernie Sanders in front of the Supreme Court during a rally for student debt cancellation in Washington, DC, on February 28, 2023. (Photo by Andrew Caballero-Reynolds/AFP/Getty Images)Plus, a false claim about Volodymyr Zelensky makes its way from
Full Fact→ Countries did not pull their ambassadors out of Turkey 24 hours before the earthquake
Some consulates were previously shut to the public due to security concerns
Full Fact→ Conservatives’ estimate that Labour plans would create a ‘£90 billion black hole’ is unreliable
The Conservative Party claims that Labour has pledged £90 billion worth of unfunded spending commitments. We’ve looked into how it reached this figure.
Poynter→ Fact-checking Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis’ new book, ‘The Courage to Be Free’
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis’ new book is as much a memoir as it is a map of his political ideology. An anecdote about playing Little League baseball is tied to […] The post Fact-checking Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis’ new book, ‘The Coura
PolitiFact→ Fact-checking Ron DeSantis' book: What 'The Courage to Be Free' glosses over about his record
In his new book, "The Courage to Be Free," Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis downplays his role in school and beach closures for the coronavirus and overstates the impact of election law changes he approved.
The Dispatch→ Supreme Court Seems Poised to Sink Biden’s Student Loan Cancellation
People hold signs in support of student debt cancellation outside of the Supreme Court of the United States in Washington, D.C., on Tuesday February 28, 2023. (Photo by Sarah Silbiger for The Washington Post via Getty Images)Plus: Lori Lightfoot become
Truth or Fiction?→ ‘You Must Remove the 🇺🇦 From Your Profile’ Twitter Pop-Up
On February 25 2023, Twitter user @walter_report shared a screenshot of a Twitter pop-up warning, which purportedly demanded that the account “remove the [Ukrainian flag emoji]” from their profile: You can’t be serious, @elonmusk? N
The Dispatch→ Our Best Stuff From the Week We Marked One Year of War in Ukraine
A woman cries during a prayer near the graves of Ukrainian soldiers killed in the Russian-Ukrainian war at the Lychakiv Cemetery in Lviv, Ukraine on February 25, 2023. (Photo by Pavlo Palamarchuk/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)Plus: Marjorie Taylor Green
PolitiFact→ Tina Lambert – Republican lawmaker says student IDs are a source of voter fraud. She cited no examples.
Student ID cards are a “source of fraud” at the polls.
Poynter→ No one is ‘gunning for’ your Xbox
This tweet from Sen. Ted Cruz says: “First gas stoves, then your coffee, now they’re gunning for your Xbox.” It got a lot of attention on social media. What is […] The post No one is ‘gunning for’ your Xbox appeared first
Logically→ Journalist Seun Okinbaloye Endorsed Bola Tinubu for the Nigerian presidency.
Okinbaloye has not endorsed any candidate in this race.
Lead Stories→ Fact Check: US, Germany, Other Western Countries Did NOT Pull Their Envoys Out Of Turkey 24 Hours Before Quake
Did the United States, Germany and other Western countries pull their ambassadors out of Turkey 24 hours before the February 6, 2023, earthquake that killed tens of thousands there? No, that's not true: Diplomatic representatives from the
The Dispatch→ Our Best Stuff From the Week Dominion Exposed Fox News
Tucker Carlson speaks during 2022 Fox Nation Patriot Awards in Hollywood, Florida. (Photo by Jason Koerner/Getty Images)Plus: Nikki Haley enters the race, the folly of Buy American policy, and more.The post Our Best Stuff From the Week Dominion Exposed
Logically→ BBC journalist Clive Myrie suffered a racist attack by Ukrainians while reporting from Ukraine.
No such incident occurred, and BBC has termed the story "completely false." Myrie, too, has implied the same through his tweets.
The Dispatch→ Our Best Stuff From a Week We Shot Down Some UFOs
Pentagon press secretary Brig. Gen. Pat Ryder speaks during a press briefing at the Pentagon on February 10, 2023. The Pentagon announced that the U.S. military shot down an unidentified object that was flying over Alaska. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty
PolitiFact→ Viral image – Gen. Mark Milley served multiple combat tours, despite claims otherwise
Gen. Mark Milley “never served in combat.”
Lead Stories→ Fact Check: Our Bodies Do NOT Need ‘Electric’ And ‘Magnetic Foods’ — There Are No Such Things
Are there "electric" and "magnetic" foods that people should be eating in balance with each other to give their bodies what they need? No, that's not true: Neither term is used to describe food in the disciplines of food science, nutritio
The Dispatch→ AI Is Coming For Our Jobs (And That’s Okay)
Photo illustration featuring ChatGPT. (Photo by Nicolas Maeterlinck/Belg/AFP/Getty Images.)Humans are adaptable, and we have a long history of overcoming disruptive technologies.The post AI Is Coming For Our Jobs (And That’s Okay) appeared first on T