A controversial European Union court decision about vaccines raises two interesting scientific questions: How do scientists decide whether vaccines can cause conditions such as autism or multiple sclerosis? And how certain can they be when they make
SCIENTISTS’ FEEDBACK SUMMARY This story in The Atlantic by Robinson Meyer describes a new study on the distribution of economic impacts that result from continued climate change in the United States. The study finds that the impacts would not
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 — and pol
Q: Has Rep. Maxine Waters attended only “10 percent of congressional meetings for 35 years”? A: No. That claim was made in a blog post that cited an inaccurate comment on Reddit. FULL QUESTION Has Maxine Waters really missed 90% of he
Opponents of the Republican House health care bill are claiming its provisions on preexisting conditions reach further than they actually do. A TV ad from AARP says “insurers can charge thousands more” for preexisting conditions under the
Charles Manson Granted Parole, Will Be Released from Prison-Fiction! Summary of eRumor: Charles Manson has been granted parole and will be released from prison. The Truth: An old hoax about Charles Manson being paroled that was started by a known fa
SCIENTISTS’ FEEDBACK SUMMARY This article at Breitbart argues that World Health Organization rankings of particulate matter air quality show that the United States is not one of the biggest polluters in the context of the Paris Agreement. Scie
Maxine Waters: Pray for Muslims Following London Attacks-Fiction! Summary of eRumor: U.S. Rep. Maxine Waters of California called for prayers for the safety of Muslims in London following a terrorist attack there, saying that inaction on climate change
Maxine Waters: Pictures of Tide Prove Climate Change-Fiction! Summary of eRumor: U.S. Rep. Maxine Waters, a Democrat from California, tweeted side-by-side pictures of Venice Beach at high and low tide as proof that climate change is real and is impa
On June 1, US President Donald Trump announced his intent to withdraw the United States from the Paris Agreement. In his remarks, he misrepresented the agreement itself as well as the economic and climatic effects of the greenhouse gas emissions reduct
SCIENTISTS’ FEEDBACK SUMMARY In an op-ed published by CNN, US Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) argues for a US withdrawal from the Paris Agreement, an international agreement with the goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions to limit global warming. S
Tens of thousands of science teachers in the US have recently received an unsolicited booklet titled “Why Scientists Disagree about Global Warming”, which looks like a scientific report. It was published by the Heartland Institute (self-described a
The Republican from California says he was simply taking pictures, but his political opponent says he was avoiding constituents.
Q: Have scientists confirmed that e-cigarettes cause an incurable respiratory disease called “popcorn lung”? A: No. The vapor of some e-cigarettes contains a chemical associated with popcorn lung, but there’s not enough evidence
A real incident in which a California man was cut by a hypodermic needle while pumping gas resembled an old email hoax.
Vice President Mike Pence went too far in claiming that a new report showed that “the average premium across this country has actually doubled under Obamacare.” The report, from the Department of Health and Human Services, focuses only on
“As a mom, rising health care costs are a big concern. My family lost our insurance and doctor because of the Affordable Care Act. But now, we have hope.” — California resident Elizabeth Jacinto, in an ad sponsored by the American Act
On May 22, 2017, Fox News published an opinion piece by Senator Rand Paul arguing that the United States should withdraw from the Paris Agreement. Sen. Rand Paul’s opinion relies on the claim that the Paris Agreement would achieve little in the way o
An image purportedly showing a biplane flying low over a California beach is actually an early example of photographic manipulation.
Former President Barack Obama falsely claimed that Let’s Move, an initiative of former First Lady Michelle Obama, “helped bring down America’s obesity rates for our youngest kids for the first time in 30 years.” In fact, research
“Once again, 129M people with pre-existing conditions could be denied coverage and insurers could charge sick people more money.” — Sen. Kamala D. Harris (D-Calif.), in a tweet, May 4, 2017 As part of a tweet storm condemning the Hous
Summary Donald Trump — whom we crowned the “King of Whoppers” when he was a long-shot candidate in 2015 — has held true to form during his first 100 days as president of the United States. In his first hour as president, he pain
Rep. Maxine Waters Paid Her Daughter $750,000 to Send Campaign Mailers-Mostly Truth! & Outdated! Summary of eRumor: U.S. Rep. Maxine Waters has paid her daughter, Karen Waters, about $750,000 to send campaign mailers on behalf of the Cit
Summary When the Environmental Protection Agency decided to not ban chlorpyrifos, an insecticide widely used in agriculture, both the EPA and its critics claimed “sound” or “solid” science supported their positions. Research does suggest chlorp
Summary In an interview with the Associated Press, President Donald Trump put some spin on what he has done — and hasn’t done — as he nears the completion of his first 100 days in office: Trump said he has not labeled China a curren
Eddie Murphy Dies in Car Accident-Fiction! Summary of eRumor: Reports have gone viral that actor and comedian Eddie Murphy has died in a car accident. The Truth: False reports of Eddie Murphy’s death spread across social media shortly after the c
The Truth-o-Meter says: False | Howard Dean's wrong tweet that the Constitution doesn't protect 'hate speech' The Constitution doesn’t protect "hate speech," said former Vermont Gov. Howard Dean, chiming into the debate over conserv
Louis Marinelli, leader of the Yes California ballot initiative announced his "personal struggle against the United States government has ended."
President Donald Trump blamed the Obama administration for allowing “bad MS 13 gangs to form in cities across U.S.” due to “weak illegal immigration policies.” The MS-13 gang was formed in Los Angeles in the 1980s and had spread
The Infowars host's ex-wife said his remarks about California Rep. Adam Schiff show he's "not a stable person."
Susan Rice Unmasked Trump Transition Team, Leaked Information-Truth! & Fiction! & Unproven! Summary of eRumor: Former National Security Advisor Susan Rice requested that the identities of Trump transition team officials be unmasked in intelli
While calling for new infrastructure investments, President Donald Trump distorted the facts about President Barack Obama’s 2009 stimulus bill. Trump described it as an “infrastructure bill” but “[n]obody ever saw anything being
Move over internet hoaxes and fake news, it’s time for International Factchecking Day. This year, fact-checkers around the world are taking a stand in favor of facts. We’ve declared April 2 — the day after April Fool’s Day &mdas
In an address to law enforcement, U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions made two dubious claims about marijuana and opioids: Sessions said marijuana is “only slightly less awful” than heroin, an illicit opioid. Experts says heroin is thre
Obama Aide Evelyn Farkas Admits Spying on Donald Trump’s Team-Mostly Fiction! Summary of eRumor: Former Obama administration aide Evelyn Farkas admitted in an appearance on MSNBC that she helped President Obama spy on President Trump’s ca
The chairman of the House Intelligence Committee owns stock in a California winery that says they sold 22 cases of wine to a Russian distributor in 2013.
In seeking to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price has said “one out of every three physicians in this nation aren’t seeing Medicaid patients.” House Speaker Paul Ryan said “m
Republicans repeatedly claim that Obamacare is in a “death spiral,” collapsing of its own weight. This is wishful thinking on their part, with little evidence to support it. Examples of the GOP line: “[T]he law is collapsing,”
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
President Donald Trump made a triumphant return to the annual Conservative Political Action Conference, the place where Trump says he gave his first major political speech and concluded, “I think I like this business.” But we found that Tru