Did the head of Bayer's pharmaceutical division admit the COVID-19 vaccines are gene therapy? No, that's not true: The comments made by Bayer's Stephan Oelrich were taken out of context. Speaking about innovation in the pharmaceutical ind
On June 13 2022, a popular tweet from former Labor Secretary Robert Reich circulated; it asserted that a full two-thirds of Americans polled — 67 percent — were in favor of “legal action” undertaken by the U.S. Department of Jus
By Uliana Malashenko Is it true that a "classified" Azov document proves that over two-thirds of the Mariupol population support Russia? No, that's not true: The link to the English-language article by the state-controlled Syrian Arab New
Is a post saying "Harriet Tubman is not a real person" accurate? No, that's not true: Multiple historians told Lead Stories this claim is false. One of them, the author of "Harriet Tubman: The Road to Freedom," wrote, "I can suggest that
At the second hearing of the House Select Committee to Investigate the January 6th Attack on the United States Capitol, former President Donald Trump’s top aides testified that they told him his claims of election fraud were baseless. What Trump char
A retired neurosurgeon expressed this opinion in a journal article, which can be found by searching PubMed on the agency’s site.
A conservative film now playing in select theaters around the country isn’t “determinative, definitive” proof of widespread voter fraud, as former President Donald Trump has claimed. “It’s called ‘2000 Mules,'” Tru
https://www.foxnews.com/opinion/social-media-fact-checkers-david-marcus The left-leaning American news
On June 8 2022, a popular tweet claimed that the Supreme Court had recently established a zone within a hundred miles of the border in which border agencies agents could execute searches of homes with impunity: The Supreme Court just ruled that Bor
Half of existing GP workforce intends to retire at or before 60 Pulse, 7 June 2022. Almost half of family doctors plan to retire by 60, poll shows The Times, 7 June 2022. The GP magazine Pulse, claims that about half of the GP workforce intends to re
The man told police he was upset by a leaked draft opinion suggesting the Supreme Court is about to overrule Roe v. Wade, the landmark abortion case.
https://nypost.com/2022/05/02/new-cnn-boss-chris-licht-to-focus-on-truth/ CNN’s new boss kicked off h
As the far right’s attempts to ban books continues throughout the country, book lovers are fighting back. The latest attempt to ban Kurt Vonnegut’s works for “obscenity” has been challenged by both a Florida English teacher and a gr
Was Tucker Carlson endorsing Black supremacist theories on his show on January 11, 2021? No, that's not true: The FOX News host was actually attacking the theories Kristen Clarke -- at the time the nominee for U.S. assistant attorney gene
Did a BP executive named "Brice Cromwell" write a commentary being shared on social media that blames the high cost of oil and gasoline on the United States not producing enough of "our very own American made product"? No, that's not true
One way to give undue weight to a political opinion is to pretend that it originated with a credible or authoritative source.
In an opinion article, the president cited a figure that barely includes utility savings and is an estimate far in the future.
Does the Rothschild family own The Associated Press and Reuters? No, that's not true: A Reuters spokesperson told Lead Stories that this is not true. Also, Reuters 2021 annual report notes that, "As of December 31, 2021, the Company's pri
Democrat Cheri Beasley’s record in North Carolina Supreme Court cases involving violent crime is the subject of competing TV ads in the state’s U.S. Senate race. But neither ad gives viewers all of the necessary context for the claims portr
A quote about depression wrongly attributed to the founder of psychoanalysis Sigmund Freud has been circulating online, with hundreds of shares on social media. According to a Facebook post, Mr Freud said: “Before you diagnose yourself with depre
SciCheck Digest The World Health Organization can make recommendations after the declaration of a global emergency, but it has no control over any nation’s decisions. Yet conservatives in the U.S. falsely claim that amendments proposed by the Biden a
By Uliana Malashenko Is it true that the Ukrainian president's daughter, Oleksandra Zelenska, called her father, Volodymyr Zelenskyy, a "Nazi" and a "murderer"? No, it's not true: The image of a crying woman that circulated on social medi
Doug Mastriano. (Photo by Michael M. Santiago/Getty Images)Viral social media posts claim that the winner of the Pennsylvania Republican gubernatorial primary, Doug Mastriano, signaled a willingness to overturn election results, saying he could decerti
REVIEW On 18 May 2022, Newsmax posted to its Facebook page
Amid a May 2022 baby formula shortage, dangerous discussions began about homemade formula — along with myriad social media posts asserting that Baby Boomers’ parents didn’t have access to formula, and they “turned out just fine
SciCheck Digest The U.S. indirectly funded some bat coronavirus research at a lab in Wuhan, China. But those experiments could not have led to the coronavirus that causes COVID-19, because the viruses used were very different. Yet former White House tr
Quick Take Proposed legislation in Tennessee and Missouri would not regulate Plan B contraception pills, and experts say state “trigger laws” that would take effect if Roe v. Wade were overturned will not ban methods of birth control. But social me
On May 3 2022, Kansas.com reported that officials in Haven, Kansas came to a decision about having controversial references to religion on police vehicles: The Haven City Council voted Monday [May 2 2022] to remove the “In God We Trust” decals fro
Did White House disinformation "czar" Nina Jankowicz say she wants "trustworthy verified people" like her to be able to "add context" to other people's tweets? No, that's not true: Her clipped comments from January 2021 were taken out of
On May 12 2022, an Imgur account shared a purported screenshot of a tweet by a woman who said that her parents had divorced after 52 years — so that her mother would not inherit her father’s medical debt after his death: On a patterned ba
On May 3 2022, a Facebook user warned that “yoga Barbie” poses a spiritual threat to innocent children: “Yoga Barbie” is at Target on the shelf. Satan always comes as appearing innocent. He will never come with horns and a pitch
Does joining The Satanic Temple give a member legal protection to terminate a pregnancy? Not necessarily: According to legal experts, it could -- but joining "opportunistically" probably won't be applicable. Or as Mark Tushnet, the Willia
In a speech on inflation and the economy, President Joe Biden made some misleading claims and used political spin to criticize Republicans and promote his policies. Biden said higher inflation was due to the COVID-19 pandemic and Russian President Vla
Abortion-rights activists responded with outrage to a footnote from the draft opinion overturning Roe v. Wade. What it actually said was very different.
Are people in Alabama who seek or get an abortion "thrown in prison for life," even if the pregnancy was a result of rape or incest? No, that's not true: There's no such law in Alabama. In 2019, Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey signed into law a bil
A post on Facebook says: “What's everyone's opinions on council tax? The Crown has NO lawful authority to make demands whilst Article 61 Magna Carta 1215 is in effect.” This is accompanied by a link to a post on Patreon which features an im
Quick Take Elon Musk’s $44 billion offer to buy Twitter was criticized by several prominent Democrats. But a social media post misleadingly claims Democrats didn’t speak out against companies buying out competitors and creating monopoli