A key thread in the immigration debate involves crimes committed by people in the country illegally. On KRMG radio, host Rick Couri asked Tulsa Sgt. David Walker, "How many of the murders you’ve solved have been illegal aliens, or have they
Each side picks and chooses facts in order to make their case. Here's a guide to the torture debate.
Q: Are Coca-Cola and Nestlé preparing to privatize a major South American water source? A: No. The vast Guarani Aquifer is managed by the four countries that sit on top of it. FULL ANSWER One of the world’s largest underground water reserves is
President Donald Trump cited a contested report from an organization that advocates low immigration to claim that a wall along the southern border will pay for itself, because those stopped from illegally crossing would not be a burden on taxpayers. Th
Q: Did a U.S. judge invalidate the results of Pennsylvania’s special election due to “wide-scale voter fraud”? A: No. That’s a fictitious story first posted on a self-described satirical website. FULL ANSWER Many political observer
In the past year, California saw a number of extraordinary wildfires, including October’s Tubbs fire north of San Francisco and the Thomas fire near Los Angeles in December. It generally takes a confluence of factors to produce destructive fires, and
In making his case for renegotiating NAFTA, President Donald Trump told GOP donors that the U.S. has a trade surplus with Canada — but only because the trade balance “doesn’t include energy and timber.” That’s false. Accor
Eighteen animals died while being transported on United in 2017; there were six cases on all other U.S. carriers combined, according to the Department of Transportation.
In a campaign speech supporting the Republican candidate in a special House election in Pennsylvania’s 18th District, President Donald Trump made several false and misleading statements on a range of topics, from drug smuggling to the stock marke
Virginia Social Worker Storm Durham Fired for Having Concealed Carry Permit-Unproven! Summary of eRumor: A social worker from Roanoke, Virginia, named Storm Durham was fired for having a concealed carry permit. The Truth: Storm Durham claimed in a vira
In the wake of the Florida school shooting, politicians have raised concern over the influence of violent video games and films on young people, with the president claiming they’re “shaping young people’s thoughts.” Scientists s
Summary In a preview of this fall’s midterm elections, Democrats and Republicans are airing TV ads in Pennsylvania’s special House election and in swing congressional districts across the country that stretch the facts about the impact of
AP FACT CHECK: Trump builds a skewed case for potential trade war
Q: Is Ivanka Trump being fired from the White House? A: No. That rumor comes from a headline posted on a group of questionable websites. FULL ANSWER The Trump administration was marked by unusually high staff turnover in its first year — the hig
President Donald Trump and some members of Congress met Feb. 28 at the White House for a freewheeling discussion on how to reduce gun violence at schools. The meeting came two weeks after the mass shooting in Florida in which 17 people were killed, in
Deadly Klebsiella Plague from China Poses Public Health Threat to U.S.-Mostly Fiction! Summary of eRumor: The deadly Klebsiella plague from China is coming to the United States, and citizens have been warned to take action. The Truth: Chinese rese
Q: Did Georgia “ban Muslim culture”? A: No. A headline making that claim is based on a proposed state bill that never became law. FULL ANSWER The Georgia legislature passed an anti-masking law in 1951 in order to subdue widespread intimida
In a bipartisan meeting with members of Congress, President Donald Trump made false and misleading claims about his predecessors’ actions on gun control legislation and shootings in “gun-free zones.” Trump criticized past presidents
California Law Bans Teachers from Shooting Back at School Shooters-Truth! & Fiction! Summary of eRumor: Following the February 2018 shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, rumors surfaced that California Governor Jerr
The Republicans and Democrats on the House intelligence committee have now released competing memos on how the FBI and Department of Justice obtained court approval for surveillance of Carter Page, a former adviser to Donald Trump’s presidential
Speaking at the Conservative Political Action Conference, President Donald Trump boasted that “we’re having tremendous plans coming out now — health care plans — at a fraction of the cost that are much better than Obamacare.R
French customs have discovered an original Impressionist masterpiece by Edgar Degas stolen in 2009, in a suitcase on a bus.
The Truth-o-Meter says: True | Precedent says West Virginia teacher's strike isn't lawful West Virginia teachers spent a third day on strike on Feb. 26 after negotiations over the weekend were insufficient to end the walkout. But is their strike le
Military Plans to Confiscate Guns From Private American Citizens-Fiction! Summary of eRumor: The White House has issued formal directives for the military to confiscate guns from private owners from November 7th to December 23rd. The Truth: Outdated (a
President Obama hasn't announced he's seeking an international position he likely couldn't obtain in any case.
In a speech to conservatives, National Rifle Association CEO Wayne LaPierre distorted the facts when talking about the federal system for conducting background checks on prospective gun buyers. LaPierre got a lot wrong when describing a rescinded Obama
Q: Are the students who survived the Florida school shooting really “crisis actors”? A: No. Conspiracy theories have been spreading online to undercut students advocating stricter gun control. FULL QUESTION I’ve seen this floating ar
President Donald Trump made an apples-to-oranges comparison to suggest that his predecessor and Democrats have changed their tune on election rigging. Trump cited a pre-election quote from then-President Barack Obama telling Trump to “stop whinin
Results of a national survey published in 2017 show that 13 percent of U.S. gun owners who purchased a firearm in the past two years did so without a background check. Sen. Bernie Sanders was wrong when he said recently that the figure was three times
In a tweet about Russia’s interference in the 2016 president campaign, President Donald Trump falsely claimed that he “never said Russia did not meddle in the election.” Before and after the Nov. 8, 2016, election, Trump has expressed
A tweet from President Trump, and a White House statement, claim the indictment handed down against 13 Russian nationals and three Russian organizations for illegally interfering in the 2016 election indicates there was “no collusion” betwe
Florida School Shooter Nikolas Cruz is a Registered Democrat-Fiction! Summary of eRumor: Florida school shooter Nikolas Cruz is a registered Democrat. The Truth: False claims that Nikolas Cruz is a registered Democrat are based on public voter registra
German police are investigating a case of severe pizza stalking in the western town of Dortmund.
Florida School Shooter Nikolas Cruz is a Member of Antifa, Resistance Groups-Fiction! Summary of eRumor: Florida school shooter Nikolas Cruz is a member of Antifa and has taken part in the “resistance” movement. The Truth: Nikolas Cruz does
Q: Are Philip Morris “Marlboro M” brand marijuana cigarettes now for sale in four U.S. states? A: No. That claim comes from a 2014 satirical story. It has recently resurfaced without the satire label. FULL ANSWER Philip Morris does not s
We’ve written this before, but we will restate it: The U.S. intelligence community says Russia waged an influence campaign during the 2016 campaign to help elect Donald Trump, but it made no determination on whether Russia’s meddling affec
False story claiming Rep. Maxine Waters faces corruption charges describes case that was dropped in 2010
A scurrilous fake news site took a controversial court case and added a fabricated element to it in order to produce clickbait.
Q: Was a Black Lives Matter activist sued after stealing millions of dollars in donations? A: No. That scandal was made up by a website that calls itself satirical. FULL ANSWER Black Lives Matter, a movement against systemic racism, began in 2013 aft
Crayola Bathtub Finger Paint Soap Burns Child’s Hands-Unproven! Summary of eRumor: A Facebook post warns that Crayola bathtub finger paint soap burned the skin off a child’s hands. The Truth: Crayola has said that it’s looking into re