Health Warnings About Flouroquinolone Antibiotics-Mostly Truth! Summary of eRumor: A viral blog post titled “This Antibiotic Will Ruin You” warns about the long-term health dangers of flouroquinolones antibiotics that go by common names lik
The Truth-o-Meter says: Mostly False | WH budget chief wrongly claims afterschool programs don't work White House budget chief Mick Mulvaney triggered a storm of complaints when he defended elimination of a large federal after-school program. When
“Part of the much-overturned 9th Circuit Court … that 9th Circuit — you have to see. Take a look at how many times they have been overturned with their terrible decisions.” — President Trump, remarks at a rally in Tennessee, March
With the House Intelligence Committee on Monday prepared to hold hearings on Russian influence in the 2016 election, the president issued tweets that did not hold up well as the testimony unfolded. James Clapper and others stated th
Although a video showing an unusually large chicken was met with skepticism by some viewers, such big birds are not outside the realm of believability.
The Truth-o-Meter says: Half-True | Devin Nunes oversimplifies timeline of Obama 'reset' with Russia In his opening statement at a closely watched hearing about possible Russian interference with the 2016 presidential election, House Intelligence C
PBS Salaries Draw Ire Amid Talks of Budget Cuts-Outdated! Summary of eRumor: Claims about PBS salaries and NPR salaries began circulating blog sites and social media in the days after President Trump’s budget blueprint proposed cutting federal
Media Ignores 1500 Pedophiles Arrested in 2017 Under President Trump-Misleading! Summary of eRumor: The main stream media has ignored that 1,500 pedophiles were arrested in the first few months of 2017 under President Trump, compared to just a few h
In January 2015, we launched SciCheck — a feature devoted to fact-checking false and misleading scientific claims made by major U.S. political figures. Today, we introduce Ask SciCheck, which will provide answers to your questions about science a
“We can work with them to do that, but what they have put forth is a terrible bill, 24 million people kicked off of health insurance, which the speaker calls an act of mercy, an act of mercy. “So, when he talks about his bill, i
Images of a fatal collision in Georgia were misrepresented on social media to scold drivers about sharing the road with large trucks.
Q: Is Louisiana losing a football field of land to the ocean every hour? A: Yes. Both natural processes and human activities contribute to the land loss, though humans are primarily to blame. FULL QUESTION Is Louisiana losing a football field of
“You know what protects your hearing better than a silencer? Ear plugs.” — Americans for a Responsible Solution, in a tweet, March 13 “When someone gets shot by a gun with a silencer, it’s quiet. Witnesses might not he
A frequently recirculated Facebook hoax has convinced many people that actor Rowan Atkinson ("Mr. Bean") either committed suicide or died in a car accident, but he is alive and well.
This week, CNN’s Jake Tapper covers some of the reasons to doubt Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price’s claim that “nobody will be worse off financially” under the GOP health care plan. The nonpartisan Congressional Bu
In making his case to replace the Affordable Care Act, President Donald Trump falsely claimed that in Tennessee “half of the state has no insurance company” on the ACA marketplace. In fact, all eight of the state’s rating areas have a
Within hours of President Donald Trump’s meeting with Ireland Taoiseach Enda Kenny, Occupy Democrats declared: "Trump Just Disrespected Ireland On St. Patrick’s Day." The offense? During the annual meeting between American and Iri
“We want to give you money for programs that don’t work. I can’t defend that anymore.” –White House budget director Mick Mulvaney, press briefing, March 16, 2017 There has been a lot of media criticism of Mulvaney for sugg
Democratic lawmakers have made a number of misleading claims about the House Republican replacement bill for the Affordable Care Act and findings in the Congressional Budget Office report. We compiled a roundup of their talking points, as
President Donald Trump says his agenda is all about “jobs, jobs, jobs.” But at a rally in Nashville, and a speech earlier the same day in Detroit, Trump made several misleading claims about jobs, and the effect he has had on them since taki
New HPV Virus Spread by Kissing, Kills Faster than AIDS-Fiction! Summary of eRumor: Reports have emerged claiming that a new form of HPV that spread by kissing, and it kills faster than AIDS. The Truth: There’s no medical or scientific proof to
Cheerios Mailing Free Seeds to Save Bees-Truth! & Outdated! Summary of eRumor: Cheerios will mail you 500 free wildflower seeds to help save the bees. The Truth: Cheerios and Veseys Seeds teamed up to giveaway 100 million free wildflower seeds in
President Trump Plans to Cut Meals on Wheels Program –Truth! & Undetermined! Summary of eRumor: President Trump plans to cut federal funding for Meals on Wheels, a program providing meals to the elderly, poor and veterans, to save money f
President Donald Trump vowed on the campaign trail to replace the Affordable Care Act with "something terrific." The American Health Care Act is the first iteration of that plan. PolitiFact’s Trump-O-Meter is tracking 103 campaign promi
The Truth-o-Meter says: False | Donald Trump says he learned Obama tapped his phones from the New York Times When President Donald Trump tweeted on March 4 that former President Barack Obama ordered a wiretap on his phones during the election, he d
“When you start looking at places that we reduce spending, one of the questions we asked was can we really continue to ask a coal miner in West Virginia or a single mom in Detroit to pay for these programs? The answer was no. We c
President Donald Trump went to Nashville to commemorate the 250th birthday of the populist 19th century President Andrew Jackson on March 15. He delivered a campaign-style rally speech, repeating misleading talking points about the Affordable Care Act
Rumors that various restaurants around the world were shuttered for serving "the most dangerous game" were fake news.
Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price claimed that under the GOP health care plan, “I firmly believe that nobody will be worse off financially.” But there are plenty of reasons to doubt that. Price made the claim on NBC’s
President Obama Evicted from DC Mansion-Fiction! Summary of eRumor: President Obama has been evicted from his Washington, D.C., mansion for violating a major clause in the lease. The Truth: A website known for publishing “facts that don’t n
“What is Hijrah?” Email Warns of Islamic Invasion Through Migration-Truth! & Fiction! Summary of eRumor: A forwarded email asks readers “What is Hijrah?” and goes on to explain that hijrah is the Islamic concept of invasio
A 15-year-old tragedy has been warped into a scientifically flawed indictment of vaccinations by those with an anti-vaccine agenda.
The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office’s analysis of the Republican health care bill has been released — so let the spinning begin. Democrats overstate what the CBO said about the impact on those who now have health insurance, while th
The Truth-o-Meter says: Mostly False | Mick Mulvaney's misleading claim that House GOP health care plan keeps Medicaid expansion More than 10 million Americans have gained health insurance coverage because of expansions to Medicaid under the Afford
Obituary: Great Barrier Reef is Dead-Mostly Fiction! Summary of eRumor: A widely circulated obituary claims that the Great Barrier Reef has died after an impressive 25 million year run. The Truth: Scientists have disputed claims that the Great Barrie
The Truth-o-Meter says: Mostly True | Donald Trump trumpets 40 percent decrease in illegal border crossings. Is he right? Illegal immigration from the U.S.-Mexico border dropped significantly during his first full month in office, President Donald
White House press secretary Sean Spicer offered a number of attacks and claims during a news briefing dominated by the new Congressional Budget Office report on the House Republican replacement bill for the Affordable Care Act. The
White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer claimed that “because of Obamacare, premiums on everybody have gone up … whether you’re in an employer-based system or not.” Employer premiums have been affected somewhat, but they’ve b
“It’s there. Anybody can read it. Folks watching on television now can go online and read what the bill is. They can watch the committee hearings. Those are things that were dramatically missing in Obamacare.” — White Ho
So, was the Congressional Budget Office really “way, way off … in every aspect” of how it predicted that Obamacare would work, as the White House claims? No, it wasn’t. The CBO actually nailed the overall impact of the law on th