A mass shooting at a Texas church on 5 November 2017 led to an avalanche of false information.
“And I’ve turned West Virginia around, because of what I’ve done environmentally with coal. And I don’t know if you saw, but West Virginia is second to Texas in percentage increase of GDP.” — President Trump, remarks during an i
Reports that a teenage schoolgirl in Texas became pregnant through a flu vaccination are fake news.
In a televised debate on taxes, Sen. Ted Cruz denied that he ever called Social Security a “Ponzi scheme.” But in a 2011 interview, Cruz gave the definition of a “Ponzi scheme” and said it fits Social Security. “That is ex
The Sinclair Broadcasting Group, the nation's largest owner of television stations, is attacking PolitiFact for a recent fact-check we published about federal funding related to superstorm Sandy. Sinclair, which has faced criticism for a clear
Jerry Jones: Dallas Cowboys Players Protesting National Anthem Will Be Benched-Truth! Summary of eRumor: Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said players who disrespect the flag by kneeling for the national anthem will be benched. The Truth: Jerry Jones i
Q: Did climate change cause the wildfires out West? A: Scientists say a hot and dry summer — conditions more likely in a warmer world — caused widespread wildfires in Western states. But land use changes also have played a role. FULL ANS
The Truth-o-Meter says: Half-True | Did taxes go up by 41 percent between 2013 and 2016? As Congress prepared to debate a high-stakes tax bill, a reader asked us to check a letter about tax policy emailed by Rep. Lamar Smith, R-Texas. "A new r
Q: Has a judge banned Sharia law across the United States? A: No. The judge pictured with a bogus headline proclaiming a nationwide ban was the host of a daytime court TV show. FULL ANSWER A headline proclaiming that a judge has banned Sharia law in
Rumors holding that a pedophile was decapitated in Texas originated on a disreputable web site.
A warning video about the use of the insecticide naled in parts of Texas gets some facts wrong and greatly exaggerates the risk to the public.
A photograph purportedly showing a meal served by the Red Cross to victims of Hurricane Harvey in Texas actually shows a school lunch from 2014.
Q: Did Vice President Mike Pence say, “Allowing rape victims to have abortions will lead to women trying to get raped”? A: No. That fabricated quote comes from a made-up story published by a “hybrid news/satire” website. FULL ANSWER Vice Pr
Hotels Required to Accept Evacuees With Pets During Natural Disasters-Fiction! Summary of eRumor: Under the Pets Evacuation and Transportation Standards (PETS) Act of 2006, hotels are required to accept evacuees with pets during natural disasters and o
Q: Is the Clinton Foundation charging the Federal Emergency Management Agency to send supplies to victims of Hurricane Harvey? A: No. That claim originated on a satirical news site. The Clinton Foundation has not charged FEMA for bottled water or o
Hurricane Harvey Flooding Uncovers Secret Stash of Obama Administration Ammo-Fiction! Summary of eRumor: Hurricane Harvey flooding led to the discovery of ammunition that the Obama administration hid in a small Texas town called Lexmar. The Truth: Fals
A photograph that purportedly shows President Trump rescuing two cats from a flooded area in Texas was digitally manipulated.
Experts say Harvey’s filthy floodwaters pose significant dangers to human safety and the environment that will remain even after levels drop far enough that southeastern Texas residents no longer fear for their lives.
Q: Did Black Lives Matter protesters block emergency crews from reaching Hurricane Harvey victims? A: No. That false claim was made in a satirical story featuring a 2016 photo of a protest in Atlanta, Georgia. FULL QUESTION Is this true? Black Lives M
A doctored photograph appears to show the President on a raft in Texas saving a flood victim.
Floyd Mayweather Donates Millions to Houston Flooding Relief-Fiction! Summary of eRumor: Floyd Mayweather donated a $200 million to Houston flooding relief efforts after Hurricane Harvey struck in August 2017. The Truth: False rumors that Floyd Mayweat
Sen. Ted Cruz wrongly claimed that a 2013 Hurricane Sandy relief bill was “filled with pork and unrelated spending,” estimating that “two-thirds of what was spent in that bill had little or nothing to do with Hurricane Sandy.” N
President Donald Trump says that his proposed wall along the Mexico border “will stop much of the drugs from pouring into this country.” We cannot predict the future, but the fact is that most illicit drugs pass undetected through legal por
Hurricane Harvey has brought with it both a record amount of rain and questions about how much climate change can be blamed for the storm. Climate change did not cause Harvey, or any other storm, but it makes intense storms like Harvey more likely t
A rumor exaggerates the (vanishingly small) likelihood that those who rescue animals in danger during a tropical storm in Texas will be prosecuted.
The Truth-o-Meter says: Mostly False | Ted Cruz's Mostly False claim that two-thirds of Sandy relief was pork spending Hurricane Harvey’s torrential rains and flooding have revived memories of Texas Republican Sen. Ted Cruz’s nay vote o
Mexico is reportedly prepared to offer "a Katrina-like assistance package" to help affected communities in Texas.
SCIENTISTS’ FEEDBACK SUMMARY This article in The Atlantic attempted to investigate what can be said about the relationship between Tropical Storm Harvey and climate change. Harvey’s record rainfall totals around Houston, Texas are partly the
“The problem with that particular bill is it became a $50 billion bill that was filled with unrelated pork. Two-thirds of that bill had nothing to do with Sandy.” — Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Tex.), interview with NBC’s Katy Tur, Aug.
The Truth-o-Meter says: Pants on Fire! | There are no sharks swimming in the streets of Houston or anywhere else A viral photo being spread online in the wake of Hurricane Harvey of a shark swimming down a Houston street is actually a hoax that has
Q: Did the Supreme Court rule that President Donald Trump can build a border wall without the approval of Congress? A: No. That story comes from a website that “makes no guarantee that anything you find here will be based at all in reality.̶
Residents at a Texas nursing home were airlifted to safety by helicopter after being trapped by Harvey's floodwaters.
As Hurricane Harvey hit Texas, so too did a rumor Mexico sent troops to assist Louisiana residents during Hurricane Katrina.
A campaign ad attacking Republican Sen. Jeff Flake falsely says that he hasn’t worked with President Donald Trump to “repeal Obamacare.” Flake voted for the three different Senate proposals to repeal parts of the health care legislati
A candlelight vigil was held in Hallsville, Texas for Boy Scouts killed in a 5 August 2017 boating accident.
Boasting about a decline in apprehensions at the U.S.-Mexico border on his watch, President Donald Trump falsely claimed that border apprehensions “didn’t go down” under “past administrations.” Actually, they declined in 1
Ten people died after a people-smuggling operation went badly wrong in San Antonio, Texas.
Q: Were two U.S. senators charged with trying to impeach President Donald Trump under false pretenses? A: No. That story originated on a prolific satire website. FULL ANSWER Two U.S. senators did not go to jail for attempting to “begin impeach
Among the most significant changes to the Senate GOP health care bill is a move championed by Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, to free insurers from the tight regulations under Obamacare. The crux of the change is this: If an insurance carrier in a state offers
NOTE: If you are arachnophobic, you may find the image in this report disturbing. Circulating message claims that an attached image depicts a huge "Angolan Witch Spider" photographed on the side of a house in Texas. The post Angolan Witch Spider –