Q: Has a judge banned Sharia law across the United States? A: No. The judge pictured with a bogus headline proclaiming a nationwide ban was the host of a daytime court TV show. FULL ANSWER A headline proclaiming that a judge has banned Sharia law in
Television ads in the Virginia governor’s race criticize Lt. Gov. Ralph Northam for his role on a state economic development board. But there is less here than meets the eye: The ads say Northam missed 58 percent of the Virginia Economic Devel
Save the Endangered Pacific Northwest Tree Octopus From Extinction-Fiction! Summary of eRumor: Calls to save the Pacific Northwest tree octopus from extinction have been in circulation for years. The Truth: The Pacific Northwest tree octopus is a ficti
Q: Have Rep. Nancy Pelosi and Keith Olbermann introduced a bill that would do away with the requirement that the U.S. president be a natural born citizen? A: No. Pelosi’s office confirmed that she has not, and Olbermann is not even a member of C
SCIENTISTS’ FEEDBACK SUMMARY This story at The Daily Wire describes a new study that evaluates the remaining amount of greenhouse gas that we can emit before global temperature rises to 1.5 °C above pre-industrial times. The study suggests th
Searching “Following Me” on Facebook Reveals Secret Followers-Fiction! Summary of eRumor: By going to the “blocking” tab on Facebook and searching for the phrase “following me” a list of unwanted and/or secret follow
Q: Will California allow HIV-positive people to donate blood? A: No. The Legislature has passed a bill that would reduce the penalties for those, including blood donors, who knowingly expose others to the HIV virus. FULL QUESTION “CA Governor
This week’s fact-checking video from CNN’s Jake Tapper and FactCheck.org shows why Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach does not have “proof” of widespread voter fraud in New Hampshire that could have helped Democrats win a clo
Lenders Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae, as well as the federal government, have programs to help homeowners affected by natural disasters.
As vast swaths of the country reel from the one-two punch of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma, the focus now is on efforts to help affected states and communities recover from the devastation. Natural disasters often leave in their wake a years-long process
In promoting his plan to overhaul of the nation’s tax system, President Donald Trump claimed “the rich will not be gaining at all with this plan.” But the tax proposal his administration outlined in April would heavily benefit high-income tax
For data nerds, Sept. 12 was a pretty big day -- the day that the Census Bureau released its yearly statistical reports on income and poverty, and on health insurance. The newly released data covers 2016. To help readers cut through the weeds, we&rsquo
Red Cross Stealing Donations from Doorsteps of Churches-Fiction! & Unproven! Summary of eRumor: Protected by Obama-era Executive Order 13603, the American Red Cross stole donations from the doorsteps of churches and resold them for a profit in th
Q: Is Western Kentucky University offering free tuition to black students because of slavery? A: No. The school does not plan to adopt a resolution passed by the Student Government Association demanding “full and free access” for black stu
Q: Did Vice President Mike Pence say, “Allowing rape victims to have abortions will lead to women trying to get raped”? A: No. That fabricated quote comes from a made-up story published by a “hybrid news/satire” website. FULL ANSWER Vice Pr
Florida Governor Rick Scott in Critical Condition After Hurricane Irma Cleanup Accident-Fiction! Summary of eRumor: Florida Governor Rick Scott was in critical condition after suffering an injury during Hurricane Irma recovery efforts. The Truth: False
The Truth-o-Meter says: Pants on Fire! | Fake news: A Georgia mosque did NOT divert Harvey donations to Syrian refugees Pure fabrication lies behind a story flagged by Facebook users about a Georgia mosque sending Hurricane Harvey donations to Syri
Sargento Cheese Recalls 7 Types of Cheese in August or September 2017-Fiction! Summary of eRumor: Sargento Cheese recalled seven types of cheese in August or September 2017 for listeria contamination; consumers have been warned that eating recalled Sar
U.S. Virgin Islands Governor Signs Order to Seize Guns Ahead of Hurricane Irma-Truth! & Fiction! Summary of eRumor: U.S. Virgin Islands Governor Kenneth E. Mapp signed an order allowing the National Guard to seize weapons and ammo from citizens as
Q: Is the Clinton Foundation charging the Federal Emergency Management Agency to send supplies to victims of Hurricane Harvey? A: No. That claim originated on a satirical news site. The Clinton Foundation has not charged FEMA for bottled water or o
Q: Did former President Barack Obama pardon Wendell Callahan, who was later accused of killing three people after his early release? A: No. Congress unanimously passed a bill changing drug sentencing laws and Obama signed it. Callahan petitioned for
Sacramento City Council Votes to Pay Gang Members $1.5 million Not to Kill People-Mostly Truth! Summary of eRumor: The Sacramento City Council unanimously approved implementing a program that will pay gang members $1.5 million not to shoot people. The
Q: Did Katie Couric cancel an interview with Hillary Clinton because Clinton called former President Barack Obama a racial slur? A: Clinton did no such thing. Those claims were made-up by a satirical website. FULL QUESTION Did Katie Couric cancel
Q: Did Black Lives Matter protesters block emergency crews from reaching Hurricane Harvey victims? A: No. That false claim was made in a satirical story featuring a 2016 photo of a protest in Atlanta, Georgia. FULL QUESTION Is this true? Black Lives M
In lifting the Obama-era restrictions on police acquisition of surplus military equipment, Attorney General Jeff Sessions misleadingly cited studies to claim that President Obama “went too far” and undermined public safety. Sessions said the studie
In a speech on changing the tax code, President Donald Trump offered some political spin on the facts. Trump claimed “anywhere from $3 trillion to $5 trillion” of profits are left overseas by U.S. companies to avoid U.S. taxes. But his o
The Truth-o-Meter says: Pants on Fire! | Pants on Fire! Mike Pence cited Bible to oppose Hurricane Katrina relief bill, liberal bloggers say Left-leaning bloggers used the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey to attack Vice President Mike Pence, saying he
Antifa Manual Found at The Evergreen State College Campus-Unproven! Summary of eRumor: An Antifa Manual that outlines the Anti-Fascist (Antifa) movement’s agenda was found on the campus of Evergreen State College in Washington State. The Truth: T
Floyd Mayweather Donates Millions to Houston Flooding Relief-Fiction! Summary of eRumor: Floyd Mayweather donated a $200 million to Houston flooding relief efforts after Hurricane Harvey struck in August 2017. The Truth: False rumors that Floyd Mayweat
Q: Did President Donald Trump fire 14 Muslim federal judges? A: No. The satirical website that originally published the story describes itself as “your beacon of something you can kinda rely on sometimes but not really.” FULL ANSWER Presi
Mexico is reportedly prepared to offer "a Katrina-like assistance package" to help affected communities in Texas.
The evangelist was criticized on social media for not opening Lakewood Church to help people fleeing the storm.
Q: Does the herbicide glyphosate cause cancer? A: There is evidence to suggest it may cause cancer at very high doses, but not at the low doses typically found in foods. FULL QUESTION A FoodBabe.com article says glyphosate has been found in prepa
Q: Did the Supreme Court rule that President Donald Trump can build a border wall without the approval of Congress? A: No. That story comes from a website that “makes no guarantee that anything you find here will be based at all in reality.̶
Rescuers answered thousands of desperate calls for help as floodwaters from the remnants of Hurricane Harvey rose high enough to begin filling second-story homes.
Q: Did President Donald Trump defend a Confederate flag he hung in the White House? A: No. That was written by a website that “provides a satirical view of current events.” FULL ANSWER A story published by the American Tribune website on Aug. 18
A campaign ad attacking Republican Sen. Jeff Flake falsely says that he hasn’t worked with President Donald Trump to “repeal Obamacare.” Flake voted for the three different Senate proposals to repeal parts of the health care legislati
Chanelle Helm wrote a list of recommendations about what wealthy white people can do to help eradicate racial injustice — if they want.
SCIENTISTS’ FEEDBACK SUMMARY This story in the New York Times looks at the thawing trend of permafrost (permanently frozen soil and sediment) in Alaska as the region warms due to climate change, and the potential for this landscape to be an ad
Edward C. Smith: In Defense of Robert E. Lee Commentary-Authorship Confirmed! Summary of eRumor: A commentary by a black man named Edward C. Smith was published under the headline, “In Defense of Robert E. Lee,” in the Washington Post on Au