Summary In the time Donald Trump has been in the White House: Job growth slowed, but unemployment still sank to the lowest rate in 17 years. Economic growth quickened to 2.3 percent last year, but that was roughly half the rate Trump promised. The gro
Q: Did former President Barack Obama announce he’s seeking the U.N. secretary general position? A: No. There was no announcement. Obama’s office has said a story claiming otherwise is false. FULL ANSWER Former President Barack Obama has not a
‘Mutant’ Tilapia Fish is Unsafe to Eat, Contains Cancer-Causing Dioxin-Mostly Fiction! Summary of eRumor: A meme claiming that tilapia is a “mutant” fish that’s unsafe to eat combines a number of long-running warnings abou
SCIENTISTS’ FEEDBACK SUMMARY This editorial by Investor’s Business Daily centers on a recent study published in Science, which concerns the sources of nitrogen cycling through Earth’s ecosystems. The editorial then claims that this study s
Principal Muhammad al-Salad Forced Halal Menu on West Virginia Elementary Students-Fiction! Summary of eRumor: Muhammad al-Salad, the principal of Pratchett-Kline Elementary School in Bluefield, West Virginia, forced a halal menu on students as “
The United States had a trade surplus with China for passenger cars of $8.9 billion in 2017. Exports of cars to China totaled $10.5 billion, while imports from China were $1.6 billion. Yet President Donald Trump claimed that China “won’t t
Q: Did President Trump order a raid on Islamberg, New York, that uncovered weapons? A: No. A false story from 2017 links the Muslim community to an unrelated arrest of a man on weapons charges. FULL ANSWER The Muslim settlement of Islamberg in upstat
President Donald Trump repeatedly has claimed that Sayfullo Saipov — the Uzbekistan national who was arrested for a deadly terrorist attack in New York City last year — brought 22 people with him into the United States through “chain
Communist Rules for Revolution Found By Allied Forces in Dusseldorf Germany-Fiction! Summary of eRumor: Allied Forces discovered the “Communist Rules for Revolution” in Dusseldorf, Germany, in 1919 and many of these tactics remain in play n
In recent interviews, Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt made two false claims about his agency’s record on removing toxic sites from the Superfund National Priorities List: Pruitt said the EPA will remove “almost 30
Masazou Nonaka received an award from Guinness World Records as the world's oldest living man at age 112 years and 259 days during a ceremony in Ashoro.
The Truth-o-Meter says: Mostly True | Is Donald Trump right that China slaps a 25 percent tariff on American cars? President Donald Trump took to Twitter to bemoan what he considers unfair practices in the United States’ automobile trade with
A shocking story about the Pontiff's upending thousands of years of tradition originated on, you guessed it, a hoax site.
The former first daughter did not posit a huge demographic shift occurring in the space of a mere ten years.
This week’s fact-checking video from CNN’s Jake Tapper examines statements President Donald Trump has made about the business relationship between the U.S. Postal Service and the online retail behemoth Amazon. At an April 3 press conference, Trump
A meme circulating on social media is based on a years-old dispute over a retirement community's rules about flags.
Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen said monthly border apprehensions have returned to “previous levels” since dropping significantly after President Donald Trump took office. That’s true: There was a sharp rise in
In his latest attack on Amazon, President Donald Trump made some unsupported and distorted claims about the U.S. Postal Service and its relationship with the giant online retailer: Trump claimed “the Post Office is losing billions of dollars
Lacking money for a full border wall, President Donald Trump said he’s exploring using the military to stop illegal immigration at the U.S.-Mexico border. "We don't have laws. We have catch and release. You catch and then you immediately
Teachers in about 70 Oklahoma school districts staged a week of walkouts over low pay and slender school budgets. A common talking point is that they are paid far less than teachers nationwide. Lawmakers and the governor agreed that education spending
The Truth-o-Meter says: Mostly True | How far has U.S. manufacturing employment fallen? There’s no question that manufacturing employment in the United States has fallen in recent decades. But did a Republican congressman from West Virginia g
The midterm elections are seven months away, but voting for the Webby People’s Voice Award already has begun. So, if you share our mission of holding politicians accountable, please consider casting a ballot for FactCheck.org in the “News &
Q: Did the Obama administration legalize “bump stocks” for semiautomatic rifles? A: No federal law explicitly addresses “bump stocks.” The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives ruled 10 times between 2008 and 20
President Donald Trump fired off a flurry of immigration-related tweets beginning on Easter morning, but his messages included muddled and inaccurate claims. Contrary to Trump’s assertion, there is no “liberal (Democrat)” law requiri
Q: Is NASA “spraying Americans with lithium and other chemicals”? A: No. The space agency uses such materials, which are also used in fireworks, in the upper atmosphere – way above where planes fly. Experts say it’s “extremely unlikely” ev
Q: Is the White House enraged because Barack Obama, and not President Trump, was invited to the upcoming wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle? A: The guest list has not been made public, and there’s no evidence that Obama was invited and Tr
Q: Is former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe’s net worth $11 million? A: A questionable website cited that figure, saying it “may or may not be the reality.” McCabe’s spokeswoman says the claim isn’t true, and we found no eviden
Joe Biden’s Son, Hunter Biden, Kicked Out of Navy for Failed Drug Test-Truth! & Outdated! Summary of eRumor: Former Vice President Joe Biden’s son, Hunter Biden, was kicked out of the Navy for a failed drug test. The Truth: Hunter Biden
Rumors that there would be a follow-up to the 2004 cult classic actually grew out of a fan-made poster and years-old rumors.
In an op-ed for Fox News, Rep. Lamar Smith, the chairman of the House science committee, made a host of false and misleading claims about climate change and related issues: Smith took a quote by climate scientist Stephen Schneider out of context, clai
Officials Warn About Poison Injected into Water Bottles-Reported as Fiction! Summary of eRumor: Warnings that someone is injecting poising into water bottles circulated on social media in March 2018. The Truth: There have been scattered reports about p
Q: Did “two million people leave the food stamp rolls in Trump’s first year”? A: No. That’s the decline in average monthly enrollment in fiscal year 2017, including almost four months when Trump wasn’t president. FULL QUE
There have been eight congressional special elections since Donald Trump was inaugurated, and Republicans have won five of them. But the president spun that into a 5-0 record “up until last week” in a speech at a National Republican Congres
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
Q: Has California’s governor ordered public schools to use “ARABIC” numerals? A: No. That claim originated on a website that describes itself as satirical. FULL ANSWER Numbers from zero to nine — 0, 1, 2, 3, etc. — are co
Summary President Donald Trump responded to the firing of FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe with a flurry of tweets that contained numerous false, misleading or unsubstantiated claims about the Russia investigation led by Special Counsel Robert S. Mue
Janet Reno: Waiting Period for Firearms Only the First Step, Prohibition the Goal-Mostly Fiction! Summary of eRumor: Former U.S. Attorney General Janet Reno said that a waiting period for firearms purchases was only the first step, and total prohi
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
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
Q: Has Russian President Vladimir Putin issued a warrant for the arrest of George Soros? A: No. That rumor has been circulating online for years in various forms. FULL ANSWER It’s true that Russia in 2015 banned two charities run by the billio