President Donald Trump went on a tweetstorm about the Russia investigation. He accused his vanquished rival Hillary Clinton of obstruction of justice (without any evidence) and blamed others for his firing of FBI Director James Comey (even though Trump
Opponents of the Republican House health care bill are claiming its provisions on preexisting conditions reach further than they actually do. A TV ad from AARP says “insurers can charge thousands more” for preexisting conditions under the
Golden State Warriors Won’t Visit White House, Snub President Trump-Undetermined! Summary of eRumor: The Golden State Warriors voted not to visit the White House, snubbing President Trump, after winning the 2017 NBA championship. The Truth: The
EXPLAINER A June 12th Winnipeg Free Press story titled “U of M climate change study postponed due to climate change” describes a climate study delayed by unusual sea ice conditions around Newfoundland that necessitated the reassignment of
Q: Did White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer say that the president has the “legal right and power to decide how words in the English language are spelled”? A: No. That bogus quote comes from a “satirical” article about Presi
President Donald Trump and his top environmental official said the Paris Agreement would reduce the global average temperature by only 0.2 degrees Celsius. Former Vice President Al Gore said that’s “not true.” Who’s right? Trump and Scott P
“My fellow Americans, we are the nation that built the Golden Gate Bridge in four years and the Hoover Dam in five. Now, it takes as much as a decade just to plan a major permit or a major infrastructure or anything even remotely
Q: Was the Clinton Foundation ordered to cease operations and Chelsea Clinton charged with fraud? A: No. Those baseless claims were made up by a self-described “satirical” website. FULL QUESTION Has the Clinton Foundation been found to h
KFC announced on 13 June 2017 that it plans to send a chicken sandwich to the edge of the atmosphere with the help of a high-altitude balloon.
President Donald Trump touted the opening of a new coal mine in Pennsylvania as evidence that his administration is “putting the miners back to work.” But construction of the mine in question began before the 2016 election. And experts say
Democratic Senator Hal Lindsay Arrested, Dies in Custody-Fiction! Summary of eRumor: Democratic Senator Hal Lindsay was arrested by the DEA over the weekend and was later killed while in protective custody. The Truth: A self-described fake news we
People Mark Anniversary of ‘Killdozer’ in Colorado-Truth! & Fiction! Summary of eRumor: Social media posts in June 2017 marked the anniversary of a man named Marvin Heemeyer going on a rampage in Granby, Colorado, with a homemade &
Q: Did President Barack Obama commission a life-size bronze statue of himself to leave in the White House? A: No. That fake news story was “intended for entertainment purposes only.” FULL QUESTION Did President Obama have a bronze statue
Rallies planned in over two dozen U.S. States worry Muslim communities still reeling from recent threats and hate crimes.
SCIENTISTS’ FEEDBACK SUMMARY In an article for Breitbart, author James Delingpole claims to provide 58 scientific papers published in 2017 that show global warming to be “a myth”. This claim is sourced entirely from a list on a blog called
Former FBI Director James Comey is tesifying before the Senate Intelligence Committee about his interactions with President Donald Trump before Trump fired him. Read our Q&A about what to watch and our story about Comey's prepare
Since July 2016, the FBI has been investigating the Russian government’s attempt to influence the 2016 presidential election, including whether President Donald Trump’s campaign associates were involved in those efforts. “Russian President V
U.S. Pays $1 Billion into Green Climate Fund, Top Polluters Pay Nothing-Truth! & Misleading! Summary of eRumor: The United States has paid $1 billion into the United Nation’s Green Climate Fund while the world’s top polluters — Chin
President Trump Ends President Obama’s Vacation Scam, Sends Bill-Fiction! Summary of eRumor: President Trump has ended President’s Obama’s “vacation scam,” in which the former president planned to bill taxpayers for bil
Claims that President Obama has a planned a lavish burial plot are false and originated with a well-known fake news site.
SCIENTISTS’ FEEDBACK SUMMARY This article at Breitbart argues that World Health Organization rankings of particulate matter air quality show that the United States is not one of the biggest polluters in the context of the Paris Agreement. Scie
Warning: ISIS Sending invites to WhatsApp Interschools Group-Fiction! Summary of eRumor: ISIS is using a WhatsApp group called “Interschools” as a recruitment tool; users are not able to exit the group once they join, and ISIS can use it
Former Vice President Al Gore and Environmental Protection Agency head Scott Pruitt made competing claims about whether the U.S. could have changed its emissions targets under the Paris Agreement, instead of pulling out of the deal. Legal experts sid
Q: Did a potential nominee for “chief scientist” at the U.S. Department of Agriculture call scientists “dumb, regular people” who “think dinosaurs actually existed and the Earth is somehow getting warmer”? A: No. Th
AP FACT CHECK: Trump contradicts his homeland security secretary by referring to travel restrictions plan as a "travel ban"
President Trump’s Tweet About “Covfefe” Has Hidden Meaning-Unproven! Summary of eRumor: A tweet from President Trump’s personal Twitter account included the word “covfefe,” leading to questions about the definition o
Trump wrongly claimed that the Paris Agreement would allow China to “build hundreds of additional coal plants” and allow India to “double its coal production by 2020” but the United States “can’t build the plants.
On June 1, US President Donald Trump announced his intent to withdraw the United States from the Paris Agreement. In his remarks, he misrepresented the agreement itself as well as the economic and climatic effects of the greenhouse gas emissions reduct
A lawyer received a caustic response after complaining to the Cleveland Browns about fans' throwing paper airplanes during the team's home NFL games.
SCIENTISTS’ FEEDBACK SUMMARY In an op-ed published by CNN, US Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) argues for a US withdrawal from the Paris Agreement, an international agreement with the goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions to limit global warming. S
Tens of thousands of science teachers in the US have recently received an unsolicited booklet titled “Why Scientists Disagree about Global Warming”, which looks like a scientific report. It was published by the Heartland Institute (self-described a
A photograph purportedly showing a plane releasing a flare salute to soldiers killed in battle is often shared with misleading information.
Q: Have scientists confirmed that e-cigarettes cause an incurable respiratory disease called “popcorn lung”? A: No. The vapor of some e-cigarettes contains a chemical associated with popcorn lung, but there’s not enough evidence
President Trump met with pediatric cancer patient Emilee Imbar, though he did not slip away from his planned events to do so, as some sites claimed.
Q: Does NASA pay $18,000 for people to stay in bed and smoke weed for 70 straight days? A: No. NASA conducts bed-rest studies, but it does not allow participants to smoke marijuana or even drink alcohol. FULL ANSWER Facebook users flagged a story wit
A Montana Republican vying for an open House seat is accused of body-slamming a reporter to the ground, a day before the candidate's special election. Republican candidate Greg Gianforte blamed the altercation on Guardian reporter Ben Jacobs' &
Vice President Mike Pence went too far in claiming that a new report showed that “the average premium across this country has actually doubled under Obamacare.” The report, from the Department of Health and Human Services, focuses only on
How does President Donald Trump’s proposed budget reach a balance in 10 years, as the administration says it will? With 3 percent economic growth, says Mick Mulvaney, director of the White House Office of Management and Budget. How does Trump pla
On May 22, 2017, Fox News published an opinion piece by Senator Rand Paul arguing that the United States should withdraw from the Paris Agreement. Sen. Rand Paul’s opinion relies on the claim that the Paris Agreement would achieve little in the way o
President Obama’s Burial Plot a Massive Waste of Taxpayer Money-Fiction! Summary of eRumor: President Barack Obama has submitted plans for an Obama family burial plot that would be located next to the Washington Monument on the National Mall an