The minority party in the Senate — in this case, the Democrats — can block, or filibuster, legislation by taking advantage of a Senate rule that requires 60 votes to end debate on legislation before a final vote can be taken on the bill. Th
Clint Eastwood Wins Appeal to Overturn “R” Rating For “The 15:17 to Paris”-Truth! Summary of eRumor: Clint Eastwood successfully appealed to have the rating of his film “The 15:17 to Paris” changed from “R̶
As lawmakers and the White House struggled to resolve the differences that produced a government shutdown, President Donald Trump revived an idea on Twitter that he had proposed in the past -- eliminating the filibuster in the Senate. ‘Great to s
A 15-year-old student was injured in a shooting at a high school in Texas and a 16-year-old boy, also a student at the school, has been taken into custody.
Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee Tweets President Trump Determined to Start War with North Japan-Fiction! Summary of eRumor: U.S. Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-TX) tweeted that President Trump is determined to start war with “North Japan” and reference
Clickbait web sites generate traffic by putting controversial political statements into the mouths of celebrities who never uttered them.
The attending physician confirmed that a patient walked into the emergency room with the giant parasite wrapped around a toilet paper tube.
Q: Did Denzel Washington call Barack Obama the “criminal-in-chief”? A: No. The actor has been a steady supporter of Obama and of other Democrats. FULL QUESTION Is the article “Denzel Washington: Criminal-In-Chief Obama” acc
Summary Now that President Donald Trump has been in office for one day shy of a full year, it’s time to take a look at how well his boasts — and his critics’ complaints — stack up against hard data. Here we offer key measures
Republican Sens. Tom Cotton and David Perdue sought to discredit Democratic Sen. Richard Durbin’s account of President Trump using profanity to disparage African countries at an immigration meeting in the Oval Office, saying Durbin has a “h
The Truth-o-Meter says: Half-True | Donald Trump said Chrysler is leaving Mexico. It isn't Several automakers have unveiled hefty plans to expand in the United States in recent weeks. Toyota and Mazda teamed up to open a $1.6 billion factory in Ala
“The Democrats are really looking at something that is very dangerous for our country. They are looking at shutting down. They want to have illegal immigrants; in many cases, people that we don’t want in our country. They want to have
Q: Were three Democratic state senators arrested in New Jersey for running a prostitution ring? A: No. The senators named in the story don’t even exist. FULL ANSWER Sixty-three cases of sex trafficking were reported in the state of New Jersey in
Given 18 Months to Live, Man Cures Cancer With Cannabis Oil-Fiction! Summary of eRumor: A British man named David Hibbitt was given 18 months to live before he cured cancer with cannabis oil. The Truth: Many holistic health websites have featured the
SUMMARY Many stories were written about climate science in 2017, but were the ones that “went viral” scientifically accurate? To find out, we compiled a list of articles with the most comments, shares, and likes on social networks using data from
SCIENTISTS’ FEEDBACK SUMMARY This August 2017 article in The Atlantic covered a study of the greenhouse gas emissions that could be avoided if beef consumption was reduced in the United States. Beef is a particularly resource-intensive food, d
The Truth-o-Meter says: Half-True | DNC offers one-sided view on who gets tax bill's benefits The Democratic National Committee said one of President Donald Trump’s proudest achievements from his first year is really a giveaway to the country
SCIENTISTS’ FEEDBACK SUMMARY This March 2017 story in the New York Times described the record low extent of Arctic sea ice at its annual maximum. Scientists who reviewed the article found it to be accurate and informative, with only a couple d
What exactly did President Donald Trump say at a Jan. 11 White House meeting on immigration? At the meeting, Lindsey Graham, a Republican, presented a bipartisan plan to remove the threat of deportation for the 689,800 people who were illegally brough
SCIENTISTS’ FEEDBACK SUMMARY In January 2017, NASA and NOAA released their data for average global temperature in 2016, which ranked as the warmest year on record. This story in the New York Times described the new record and provided some con
President Donald Trump often dismisses news stories or media outlets that he doesn’t like as “fake news.” How often? A database of his public remarks contains 320 references last year to “fake news.” Usually, it’s a
SCIENTISTS’ FEEDBACK SUMMARY This April 2017 story at Futurism describes a statement released by James Cook University’s ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies on bleaching along Australia’s Great Barrier Reef. Bleaching occurs wh
A year into Donald Trump's fact-bending, media-bashing presidency, Americans are increasingly confused about who can be trusted to tell them reliably what their government and their commander in chief are doing.
Democratic House leader Nancy Pelosi claimed that the new tax law will provide “at least a $1.3 trillion tax break for corporations.” That’s misleading. It’s true that the nonpartisan Joint Committee on Taxation estimates that c
Q: Did actor Morgan Freeman say that Hillary Clinton should be jailed? A: No. He has donated to Democrats and endorsed Clinton for president in 2016. FULL ANSWER Morgan Freeman endorsed Hillary Clinton for president in 2016. But, in October, a websi
Sen. James Inhofe misleadingly claimed that the statistics behind the globe’s likely hottest years on record — 2014, 2015 and 2016 — were “meaningless” because the temperature increases were “well within the margin o
A more-creative-than-usual Your News Wire piece claims that Katy Perry, Meryl Streep, and Chelsea Clinton have dined on human flesh.
Q: Were a dozen or more women found dead in a freezer with “Black Lives Matter” carved in them? A: No. Versions of that false story have been circulating online for almost two years. FULL ANSWER Different versions of an internet hoax that
Essential Oils Are Harmful to Cats and Small Animals –Truth! Summary of eRumor: Essential oils can kill cats and mall animals. Social media posts warn those with cats to avoid certain essential oils. The Truth: Exposure to essential oils can be
President Donald Trump offered a surprising look into his talks with bipartisan lawmakers on immigration policy, allowing television cameras to capture nearly an hour of discussion at a Jan. 9 White House meeting about the fate of immigrants known as &
A satire site published doctored images that appeared to show former presidents Obama, Bush, and Clinton mocking President Trump's tweet about winning the election on his "first try."
Aquafina Bottled Water Doesn’t Freeze in Cold Temperatures-Truth! Summary of eRumor: Aquafina bottled water doesn’t freeze in cold temperatures, leading some to question what’s in it. The Truth: Aquafina bottled water doesn’t fr
Texas Church Melts Gold to Forge Statue of Donald Trump-Fiction! Summary of eRumor: First Baptist Church in Dallas has melted the golden watches, jewelry and trinkets of church members to create a golden statue of President Donald Trump. The Truth: A w
Ray Thomas, a founding member of British rock group The Moody Blues, has died at 76, months before the band is due to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
It is possible to experience some psychoactive effects from secondhand exposure to marijuana smoke, but you'd really have to put effort into it.
The Truth-o-Meter says: False | Did Fire and Fury author Michael Wolff have access to the White House? The Trump administration has scrambled to control damaging headlines based on Michael Wolff’s Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House,
“The people that have been hired are all Hillary Clinton supporters. Some of them worked for Hillary Clinton. I mean the whole thing is ridiculous, if you want to know the truth, from that standpoint.” — President Trump, interview wit
The Truth-o-Meter says: Mostly False | White House is misleading by citing only cuts, not hikes, in tax bill In its "1600 Daily" email to supporters and members of the public, the White House touted the tax bill that President Donald Trum
The rat jumped from the jetway into the plane when Portland, Oregon-bound passengers were also boarding.
Hoax reports held that a man was arrested after he tricked an officer into playing the "circle game" when he was asked for his license and registration.