President Obama Pushes Harvard to Reverse Malia Obama’s Suspension-Fiction! Summary of eRumor: President Obama urged Harvard to reverse its decision to suspend Malia Obama because of her recent “drug escapades.” The Truth: A satirical
A deadly white nationalist rally in Charlottesville is fueling further re-evaluation of Confederate statues, accelerating their removal in many cities.
“According to data provided by the Department of Justice, the vast majority of individuals convicted of terrorism-related offenses since 9/11 came here from outside of our country.” — President Trump, address to Congress, Feb.
CIA Director Mike Pompeo misrepresented the facts when he suggested the Trump administration was responsible for changing China’s policy on North Korea’s nuclear weapons program. Pompeo said that “the Chinese now … believe the c
Starbucks Muslim Workers Slip Feces into Coffee, Spread Tuberculosis-Fiction! Summary of eRumor: After committing to hiring Muslim refugees, Starbucks’ Muslim workers have been slipping feces into coffee and spreading tuberculosis. The Truth: A w
Glenn Kessler, who was The Washington Post’s diplomatic correspondent from 2002 to 2011, explains what happened to the 1994 agreement negotiated under President Bill Clinton to thwart North Korea’s nuclear ambitions. The deal wa
The 20-year-old is accused of killing one person and injuring several others when he reportedly drove a car into a crowd of peaceful protesters.
Bill Clinton Gave North Korea Nuclear Reactors, $2 billion-Mostly Fiction! Summary of eRumor: President Bill Clinton essentially gave North Korea nukes in 1994 by giving them $2 billion and two nuclear reactors. The Truth: Bill Clinton reached an agree
In this week’s fact-checking video, CNN’s Jake Tapper and FactCheck.org review the accuracy of President Donald Trump’s tweet about the modernization of the U.S. nuclear weapons program. The president tweeted that his “first order a
Q: Did NASA confirm that there will be 15 days of darkness on Earth in November? A: No. Variations of that false claim have been circulating since at least 2015. FULL ANSWER On May 29, the website twofeed.org posted a story with the headline “
“Federal drug prosecutions have gone down in recent years. We’re going to be bringing them up and bringing them up rapidly. At the end of 2016, there were 23 percent fewer than in 2011. So they looked at this scourge and the
For Washington, D.C. business owner Jeff Gero it was just another day — until he saw a tweet identifying him as slain Democratic National Committee employee Seth Rich.
On Thursday August 10, BBC Radio 4’s “Today” broadcasted an interview in which Nigel Lawson commented on Al Gore’s new film sequel to “An Inconvenient Truth”—and on Gore’s own interview on “Today” about that film. We asked scientist
The Truth-o-Meter says: Pants on Fire! | No, the Obama administration didn't invent the term 'lone wolf' for terrorists Sebastian Gorka, a deputy assistant to President Donald Trump, is none too fond of the terrorism-fighting approach of former Pre
McDonalds’ McRib Sandwiches Made From Inverted Pork Rectums-Fiction! Summary of eRumor: Persistent claims that McDonalds’ McRib sandwiches made from inverted pork rectums surfaced in December 2016 and again in August 2017. The Truth: Althou
Rep. Lamar Smith said climate change “alarmists” ignore the “positive impacts” of more carbon dioxide in the atmosphere, such as increased food production and quality. But the impact of increased CO2 levels on agricultur
A single source claimed that Hillary Clinton was offered a plea deal after the Justice Department reopened an investigation into her server.
Getting to Know the Real John McCain by Burma Davis Posey-Commentary! Summary of eRumor: A commentary titled, “Getting to Know the Real John McCain” by Burma Davis Posey began making the rounds in August 2017 after Senator McCain voted agai
A fake news story reported that Elizabeth II would be retiring and passing the crown to her grandson, Prince William.
Q: Was Malia Obama fired from an internship for smoking marijuana? Was she arrested for buying marijuana in Chicago? A: No. Those spoof stories were made up to troll conservative readers. FULL QUESTION Was Malia Obama fired from a job (or internship
Special Counsel Robert Mueller has opened a grand jury in Washington, D.C., for his investigation into Russian election meddling and possible coordination by Trump campaign associates, according to multiple news reports. We decided to review the signif
A day after he threatened North Korea with “fire and fury,” President Donald Trump distorted the facts when he boasted that his “first order as President was to renovate and modernize our nuclear arsenal” and “it is now fa
Ann Boroch's Facebook page was taken down after announcing her death on 4 August 2017.
President Donald Trump misleadingly cited a 23 percent decline in federal drug prosecutions between 2011 and 2016 to claim that the Obama administration ignored the opioid crisis. “So they looked at this scourge and they let it go by, and we̵
Darlene Daggett settled a lawsuit against Kelleher International for a matchmaking service that set her up with a string of highly incompatible suitors.
John McCain Accidentally Voted “No” on Obamacare Repeal-Fiction! Summary of eRumor: Senator John McCain accidentally voted against a GOP Senate bill to repeal Obamacare in July 2017, dooming the bill to failure The Truth: A self-described s
Child Miners Exploited for Electric Car Batteries-Misleading! Summary of eRumor: Reports that child miners in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, some as young as four years old, are forced to mine cobalt needed to make electric car batteries have
In a segment that aired on several local NBC news stations, FactCheck.org Deputy Managing Editor Robert Farley discussed President Donald Trump’s inaccurate claim that the RAISE Act “prevents … new immigrants from collecting welfare.̶
The actor James Woods tweeted a clip of former president Bill Clinton announcing a deal with North Korea, suggesting the current standoff was the fault of the former president. If you never do another thing this week, just listen to this li
“The Democrat-linked firm Fusion GPS actually took money from the Russian government while it created the phony dossier that’s been the basis for all of the Russia scandal fake news.” –White House press secretary Sar
Online reports of the discovery by Russian medical researchers of a "cure" or "vaccine" for homosexuality are fake news.
Sen. Tammy Baldwin goes too far when she says U.S. steelworkers were “left behind” last year by Republican leaders who killed her “buy America” bill. Baldwin’s bill would have required U.S. steel to be used on projects funded by the Drink
Brussels police say they opened fire on a vehicle after a high-speed chase in the suburb of Molenbeek; a driver told officers there were explosives inside.
As a way to go around independent news reporting, President Donald Trump’s administration introduced a "real news" weekly Facebook video hosted by former CNN pundit Kayleigh McEnany. Introduced as "the news of the week from Trump T
Nancy Pelosi in Fatal Car Accident, Tests Positive for Cocaine-Fiction! Summary of eRumor: House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi was in a car accident and later tested positive for cocaine. The Truth: A series of reports published by a self-described R
Justin Bieber: Pedophiles Control the Evil Music Industry-Fiction! Summary of eRumor: Justin Bieber told a Bible study class that pedophiles control the “evil” music industry in August 2017. The Truth: A website known for publishing fabrica
Q: Did President Donald Trump collapse while giving a speech in New Jersey? A: No. That story was published by a self-described satirical website. FULL ANSWER A story first published July 30 on ourlandofthefree.com falsely claimed that President Don
O'Connor emotionally pleaded for help and opened up about her struggles with mental illness in a rambling Facebook video posted on 3 August 2017.
Starbucks “Dreamer Day” on August 11th Offers Free Products to Illegal Immigrants-Fiction! Summary of eRumor: A Starbucks “Dreamer Day” promotion on August 11, 2017, offers discounts or free products to all undocumented immigran
John McCain Started the Aircraft Carrier USS Forrestal Fire that Killed 134 Sailors-Fiction! Summary of eRumor: Senator John McCain started the 1967 aircraft carrier USS Forrestal fire that killed 134 sailors. The Truth: John McCain wasn’t to bla