On July 2nd, BBC News ran an interview with the well known theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking that touched on climate change. As we have discussed previously, such interviews can sometimes run the risk of spreading misinformation if the intervieweeâ
In which we check into some "fun facts" about Social Security in a Facebook meme saying the government should stop "messing" with retirement benefits.
On the eve of his first meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin, President Donald Trump made some questionable claims about the U.S. intelligence community’s finding that Russia hacked into U.S. political organizations to interfere in the 2
Fixer Upper’s Chip and Joanna Gaines Are Divorcing-Fiction! Summary of eRumor: Chip and Joanna Gaines are divorcing after the latestÂ season of their reality show, “Fixer Upper,” concludes on the HGTV network. The Truth: A misleading
ANTIFA Protesters Sabotage Emergency Services, Snip Fiber Optic Cables-Fiction! Summary of eRumor: ANTIFAÂ protesters sabotaged emergency services in California and Arizona by snipping fiber optic cables used by emergency responders. The Truth: False r
Psychiatrist Dr. Keith Albow on President Trump’s Sanity: Trump is Stone Cold Sane-Authorship Confirmed! Summary of eRumor: A letter by Dr. Keith Albow said President Trump is “stone cold sane” and that “there’s a genius i
Feces Found in Starbucks Iced Coffee Drinks-Truth! & Misleading! Summary of eRumor: A BBC watchdog investigation found fecal bacteria, or feces, in iced coffee drinks from Starbucks,Â Costa Coffee and Caffe Nero. The Truth: Rumors aboutÂ an investi
A controversial European Union court decision about vaccines raises two interesting scientific questions: How do scientists decideÂ whether vaccines can cause conditions such as autism or multipleÂ sclerosis? And how certain can they be when they make
Q: Did the Supreme Court rule that immigrants living in the U.S. illegally can’t sue anyone if they feel they’ve been mistreated? A: No. That claim was made in a bogus story published on satirical and fake news websites. FULL ANSWER The
Congressman Trey Gowdy Found Beaten, Placed in Medically-Induced Coma-Fiction! Summary of eRumor: Congressman Trey Gowdy was found badly beaten and bloodied after being dragged from his congressional office in Washington, D.C., in June 2017 â and pol
Over the past week, the Senate’s attempt to replace the Affordable Care Act, a signature campaign promise of President Donald Trump, has dominated the news. But of the 50 statements Trump has tweeted and retweeted as of Friday morning, only nine&
Warning: Do Not Accept Friend Request from Anwar Jitou, He’s a Hacker-Fiction! Summary of eRumor: Posts circulating on Facebook warn users not toÂ accept friend requests from Anwar Jitou because he’s a hacker. The Truth: Warnings not to acc
Q:Â Did President Donald Trump sign an executive order that prevents immigrants living in the U.S. without legal permission from receiving welfare? A: No. Some bogus websites have twisted the facts about a draft executive order that Trump has not sign
Bernie Sanders Under FBI Investigation for Bank Fraud-Reported asÂ Truth! & Disputed! Summary of eRumor: Bernie Sanders and his wife, Jane, are under FBI investigation. It’s been reported that Jane falsified bank documents in a land acquisiti
Republicans are spinning their health care bills’ impact on Medicaid: Pennsylvania Sen. Pat Toomey made the questionableÂ claim that under the Senate bill “no one loses coverage” gained under the Affordable Care Act’s Medicaid
A "prank" Facebook post fooled many into thinking the restaurant chain was closing down.
âThe 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 Trum
The Congressional Budget Office projects that the Senate health care billÂ would increase the number of uninsured Americans by 22 million in 2026 — a figure that both sides in the debate are distorting: Sen. Bernie Sanders wrongly claims the bil
President Donald Trump recently told supporters that he wanted to reduce the number of people receiving public assistance, and he wants to put in place new rules barring immigrants from receiving government benefits for at least five years. "We wa
The Truth-o-Meter says: Half-True | White House tweets misleading criticism of CBO analysis Seeking to bat down the news in a Congressional Budget Office report about the Senate’s Better Care Reconciliation Act, President Donald Trump’s
Johnny Depp Arrested, Charged Under Patriot Act-Fiction! Summary of eRumor: Johnny Depp has been arrested and charged with conspiracy to assassinate the president under the Patriot Act after making controversial remarks about President Trump. The Truth
According to an 'urgent' warning that is circulating rapidly via social media, you should watch out for a video clip that claims to show a Malaysian Airlines aircraft crashing into the sea. The message claims that the video clip contains a virus. The p
The Truth-o-Meter says: Mostly True | Obama blasts GOP Senate bill as tax cut for the rich at health careâs expense Former President Barack Obama has maintained a low profile since leaving the White House, but recently he took to Facebook to blas
A Facebook "prank" fooled many people into believing that a saltwater crocodile was captured in Connecticut.
The court will allow the 90-day ban to go into effect, and will consider the case in the fall.
A teenager fell about 25 feet from a stopped gondola ride at an upstate New York amusement park, tumbling into a crowd of park guests and employees gathered below to catch her before she hit the ground.
What caused the "Satanic Panic" phenomenon begin in the 1980s, and how did a husband and wife who started a daycare center get swept into the center of it?
Q: Is President Donald Trump’s personal attorney, Marc Kasowitz, “costing taxpayers $10,000 per hour” for his services during the Russia investigation? A:Â No. That claim comes from a baseless story on an “entertainment” w
Cannibal Babysitter on Meth Eats Toddler-Fiction!Â Summary of eRumor: A babysitter in Missouri ate a 3-month-old toddler after smoking crystal methamphetamine. The Truth: A notorious fake news website is behind false reports that a babysitter ate a to
The 2020 presidential campaign is more than 1,200 days away, but President Donald Trump held yet another Make America Great Again rally — this time in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. And, as he did in past campaign speeches, Trump spoke for a long time and r
President Donald Trump’s intimidating tweet hinting he might have recorded conversations with former FBI Director James Comey has come up empty. We rewound the tape to show the timeline of what happened after Trump made one of his most provocativ
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi cites research from two partisan groups to claim that the Republican health care bill would result in the loss of 1.8 million jobs by 2022. But a recent independent study put the expected job loss at 413,000 by that y
Clint Eastwood Dies of Heart Attack at Age 87-Fiction!Â Summary of eRumor: Actor Clint Eastwood has died of a heart attack at the age of 87. The Truth: A fake news website mocked-up to look like CNN is behind Clint Eastwood death hoaxes that went vira
The former president called Republican Sen. Jeff Flake to give his best wishes to those targeted in the Virginia shooting, and also recorded a speech honoring musician Jay Z's induction into the Songwriters Hall of Fame.
Jay Sekulow, an attorney on President Donald Trump’s legal team, made the rounds of the Sunday shows to talk about the Russia investigation. But he glossed over relevant facts in defense of his client: Sekulow repeatedly said Trump fired FBI Dir
Barron Trump Wins National Academic Science Award-Fiction! Summary of eRumor: President Donald Trump’s son, Barron Trump, won a national academic science award for a project that focus on the regulation of thermodynamics in shale rock. The Truth:
Apple co-founder Steve Jobs did not leave behind a deathbed warning about how the "non-stop pursuit of wealth will only turn a person into a twisted being, just like me."
Wrestler “Big Show” Paul Randall Wight Jr. Shot and Killed in Ring-Fiction! Summary of eRumor: WWE wrestler “Big Show” Paul Randal Wight Jr. was shot and killed during in a steel change match in June 2017. The Truth: A well-know
A man rammed his car into a police vehicle in Paris' Champs-Elysees district 19 June 2017, authorities said.
Bernie Sanders Drives $170,000 Audi R8 Sport Car-Fiction!Â Summary of eRumor: Photos show Bernie Sanders driving a $172,000 Audi R8 sport car that he purchased with donations to his 2016 presidential campaign. The Truth: An unidentified man with a pas