Trisodium Phosphate Lurks in Lucky Charms, General Mills Cereal-Truth! & Misleading! Summary of eRumor: Trisodium Phosphate, also known as TSP and paint thinner, can be found in Lucky Charms and other General Mills cereals, jeopardizing the heal
Ariana Grande Said She Hates America, Disrespects Flag- Truth! & Fiction! Summary of eRumor: Singer Ariana Grande has said that she hates Americans and can be seen disrespecting the American flag in a picture. The Truth: Ariana Grande was caught
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
A man arrested after leading police to the bodies of his two roommates told officers that he killed them because they were neo-Nazis who disrespected his recent conversion to Islam.
Newt Gingrich claimed that a Democratic National Committee staffer “apparently was assassinated” after “having given WikiLeaks something like … 53,000 [DNC] emails and 17,000 attachments.” But there’s no evidence for his claim.
Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price made two claims about opioid addiction that are contradicted by the National Institute on Drug Abuse, which is part of the department Price heads. Price made his claims on May 9 while in West Virginia, t
Bill Clinton Files for Divorce from Hillary Clinton-Fiction! Summary of eRumor: President Bill Clinton has filed for divorce from Hillary Clinton because he’s “appalled at the actions’ of his own wife. The Truth: Bill Clinton has no
Q: Are sexual assault and rape preexisting conditions under the GOP health bill? A: No. The bill doesn’t identify any preexisting conditions, and it says insurers can’t deny coverage to individuals who have them. But insurers could charge mor
Democrats have stressed that the GOP’s American Health Care Act would increase health insurance premiums, while Republicans have said it would lower them, both citing the Congressional Budget Office. Which is it? A little of both. Rep. Steny Hoye
Ivanka Trump’s new book for working women with families intertwines a few lessons from the first daughter’s real estate career with a heap of borrowed advice. Far from President Donald Trump’s off-the-cuff style, Women Who Work
Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price and House Speaker Paul Ryan engaged in partisan spin in talking about the Republican health care bill. The American Health Care Act was passed by the House on May 4, and both Price and Ryan appeared on Sund
President Trump Sent Michell Obama a Bill She’ll Never Repay-Fiction! Summary of eRumor: President Trump sent Michelle Obama a bill for $11 billion to cover all the personal expenses she should have covered herself during her eight years in the
The Truth-o-Meter says: False | Trump’s false claim that 'Dems want billions to go to Insurance Companies to bail out donors' President Donald Trump has claimed the reason Democratic lawmakers support the Affordable Care Act is to reward their po
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
Studies suggesting a link between public water fluoridation and reduced intelligence rely on unsubstantiated leaps made possible by studies of “insufficient quality” that were conducted to address entirely different questions.
Wild Boars Kill Three ISIS Terrorists in Iraq-Truth! & Unproven! Summary of eRumor: Wild boars killed three ISIS terrorists who were hiding in heavy vegetation before a planned ambush outside the city of Kirkuk, Iraq. The Truth: Three ISIS fighte
President Donald Trump has said that what Canada has “done to our dairy farm workers is a disgrace” and that “dairy farmers in Wisconsin and upstate New York … are getting killed by NAFTA.” But that trade agreement isnR
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
White House Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney made an apples-to-oranges comparison when he said he couldn’t understand why Democrats opposed supplemental funding for a border wall since many of them were for it back in 2006. Mulv
In the late 2000s, the former U.S. Vice President sometimes inaccurately represented studies that predicted the timeline for an ice-free Arctic.
98 Million Americans Were Given Cancer Through Polio Shots-Fiction! Summary of eRumor: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has admitted that 98 million Americans were given cancer through polio shots contaminated with SV40, a cancer-ca
Q: Are the chemicals in fracking solution protected from being made public by a law passed while Dick Cheney was vice president? A: Yes. A 2005 law bans the federal government from requiring companies to disclose fracking chemicals. But 28 states do r
Rep. Steve King wrongly suggested that “28 percent of the inmates in our federal penitentiaries” are immigrants in the country illegally. About 21 percent of federal inmates are non-U.S. citizens, but that includes immigrants who came to th
Judge Gonzalo Curiel said the "extraordinary" settlement would allow former students to recover most of the cost of their studies.
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
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
Health Benefits of Apple Cider Vinegar-Truth! & Unproven! Summary of eRumor: Drinking a few spoonfuls of Apple Cider Vinegar a day brings a host of health benefits. The Truth: The therapeutic benefits of Apple Cider Vinegar have been touted for cen
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,”
President Donald Trump boasted that TransCanada Corp. “dropped” a multi-billion-dollar lawsuit against the U.S. after he threatened to “terminate” the company’s Keystone XL pipeline. That’s false. TransCanada merely
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
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
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
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
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
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
The head of the Environmental Protection Agency told CNBC that he “would not agree” that “human activity,” or carbon dioxide emissions, is the “primary contributor” to global warming. But climate scientists say it
House Republicans released their replacement plan for the Affordable Care Act on March 6. How does the GOP’s American Health Care Act differ from the ACA? We look at the major provisions. Is there a requirement to have insurance or pay a
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
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