The Truth-o-Meter says: Mostly False | Donald Trump wrongly blames Barack Obama for former Guantanamo detainees returning to terrorism For his entire term, former President Barack Obama wanted to close the detention center at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba,
President Donald Trump wrongly tweeted that “122 vicious prisoners, released by the Obama Administration from Gitmo, have returned to the battlefield.” Actually, it’s only nine former detainees. The other 113 were released under President George
Heads Up: Bills Introduced While Americans Were Distracted by ‘Russian Spy Drama’-Truth! & Fiction! Summary of eRumor: A message circulating across social media, discussion forums and forwarded emails warns that while Americans were
“The Attorney General has reported to me that more than 300 persons who entered the United States as refugees are currently the subjects of counterterrorism investigations by the Federal Bureau of Investigation.” — President T
With no evidence, President Donald Trump called it a “fact” that “President Obama was tapping my phones in October, just prior to Election!” He compared the alleged surveillance to the criminal acts of “Nixon/Watergate.
More than one cautionary statement about the dangers technology may pose to humanity has been falsely attributed to renowned physicist Albert Einstein.
The Truth-o-Meter says: False | Why the White House defense of Trump wiretap accusation is misleading President Donald Trump’s White House offered dubious explanations on the Sunday shows to defend Trump’s Twitter accusation that f
“How low has President Obama gone to tapp [sic] my phones during the very sacred election process. This is Nixon/Watergate. Bad (or sick) guy!” — President Trump, tweet, March 4, 2017 “Reports concerning potentially politica
President Trump Cutting Seniors $4,106 Check-Fiction! Summary of eRumor: President Trump has announced plans to cut seniors a $4,106 check to make up for higher taxes on Social Security income and cost-of-living increases vanishing during President O
Whoopi Goldberg: Military Widows Love 15 Minutes in Spotlight-Fiction! Summary of eRumor: Whoopi Goldberg said on “The View” that military widows love getting their 15 minutes in the spotlight after a rousing ovation for the widow of fallen
The Line: Scientists cannot precisely measure climate change nor the impact of human activity on climate change. The Party: Republican In the past, some Republicans have denied that global warming and climate change are occurring — calling the f
Democrats sent a letter to FBI Director James Comey and U.S. Attorney Channing Phillips asking for an investigation on statements Sessions made during his confirmation hearings.
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi says Attorney General Jeff Sessions “lied under oath” when he said he “did not have communications with the Russians” during the presidential campaign. She has called on him to resign. Session
Sen. Claire McCaskill called on Attorney General Jeff Sessions to resign for failing to disclose during his Senate confirmation hearing that as a senator he met twice with the Russian ambassador in 2016. As a point of contrast, McCaskill said, she had
The Truth-o-Meter says: Half-True | Rand Paul said repealing 3 regulations saves millions of dollars, thousands of jobs With a powerful Republican ally in the White House, Sen. Rand Paul said Congress is moving fast to reduce the burden of governme
The Truth-o-Meter says: False | Claire McCaskill says she never met with Russian ambassador, past tweets say otherwise Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., has called for Attorney General Jeff Sessions to resign over taking meetings with the Russian ambas
The scrutiny over Attorney General Jeff Sessions and whether he met with Russian officials has put a spotlight on a little-noticed corner of statecraft -- lawmakers’ meetings with foreign diplomats. Sessions testified at his confirmation hearings
“I remind you that this Congress impeached a president for something so far less, having nothing to do with his duties as president of the United States.” — House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), news conference, March
The Truth-o-Meter says: Mostly False | Trump misleads in claim about terrorism convictions since 9/11 President Donald Trump, in his first speech before a joint session of Congress, continued to call for improved vetting of people coming to the Uni
The Truth-o-Meter says: Half-True | Trump exaggerates economic burden of export tariffs in speech to Congress In his address to Congress, President Donald Trump said there’s an uneven playing field when it comes to trade with foreign countrie
7-year-old Girl Gets Breast Implants-Fiction! Summary of eRumor: A report of a 7-year-old girl who got breast implants has stirred controversy. The Truth: False reports of a 7-year0ld girl who got breast implants can be traced back to a well-known fa
Trump Sons Detained at Canadian Airport Over Ties to Fascist Regime-Fiction! Summary of eRumor: President Trump’s sons, Eric Trump and Donald Trump Jr., were detained at a Canadian airport over ties to a fascist regime. The Truth: A fake news web
The poster was not on display, but instead was at one point available in the gift shop of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum.
The Truth-o-Meter says: Half-True | Taxes on wealthy pay for Obamacare? DNC's Perez overshoots The morning after President Donald Trump promised to "repeal and replace Obamacare," Democratic party chief Tom Perez took a dig at Republicans
The Truth-o-Meter says: Mostly False | Trump wrongly claims historic defense increase In his address to Congress, President Donald Trump said his budget "calls for one of the largest increases in national defense spending in American history.&
Summary In his first address to a joint session of Congress, President Donald Trump stuck closely to his prepared remarks, but ran afoul of the facts in some cases. Trump said the U.S. has spent $6 trillion in the Middle East and “with this $6 t
President Donald Trump told the nation’s governors that his first budget would include “a historic increase in defense spending.” But defense experts say that’s not the case. For fiscal year 2018, Trump has proposed a 9.4 percen
The Truth-o-Meter says: Half-True | Fact-checking Donald Trump’s claim about soaring Obamacare premiums President Donald Trump zeroed in on repealing the Affordable Care Act in his first address to Congress, saying the federal health care law ha
An address to Congress is such an important speech that presidents generally are careful not to stretch the truth. The “16 words” in George W. Bush’s 2003 State of the Union address that falsely claimed Iraq’s Saddam Hussein sought
In his first address to a joint session of Congress, President Donald Trump brought some special guests to highlight his plans to help victims of crime and crack down on illegal immigration. Guests of the president and First Lady Melania Trump included
New Democratic National Committee Chair Tom Perez distorted the facts with his claim that President Trump “wants to eliminate overtime pay for people.” The DNC press office says Perez meant to say that Trump wants to nix an overtime “
House Bill 610 to Defund Public Education-Truth! & Fiction! Summary of eRumor: GOP Rep. Steve King of Iowa has introduced H.R. 610 to defund public education. The Truth: H.R. 610 would dramatically change how federal education dollars are doled
179 Kids Went Missing in Indiana in First 45 Days of 2017-Reported as Fiction! Summary of eRumor: 179 kids went missing in Indiana in the first 45 days of 2017. The Truth: Claims that 179 kids went missing in Indiana in the first 45 days of 2017 don
Many Facebook users misinterpreted a post about missing children in Indiana as suggestive of a wave of abductions occurring in that state.
An inflammatory statement about race attributed to a National Rifle Association official originated as satire.
The Truth-o-Meter says: False | No evidence that protesters are paid to disrupt Republican town hall meetings Several Republican lawmakers have accused protesters at recent town hall-style meetings of being the tools of deep-pocketed benefactors pu
President Trump Announces Sale of California to Mexico, Creating “MexiCal”-Satire! Summary of eRumor: A satirical story about President Trump announcing the sale of California to Mexico has been mistaken by some for actual news. The Tru
CPAC Waives Russian Flags Before Trump Speech-Truth! & Misleading! Summary of eRumor: Attendees of Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) 2017 waived Russian flags before President Trump’s speech. The Truth: Political activists h
George Soros Arrested, Charged with Hate Crimes-Fiction! Summary of eRumor: George Soros has been arrested on charges of hate crimes against America, but the main stream media has refused to report on Soros’ arrest. The Truth: Claims that George
“If we had not overturned this rule, we were looking at nearly 70,000 jobs across the country.” — Unidentified participant in President Trump’s signing of H.J. Resolution 38, eliminating the Stream Protection Rule, Feb. 16,