Q: Are Coca-Cola and Nestlé preparing to privatize a major South American water source? A: No. The vast Guarani Aquifer is managed by the four countries that sit on top of it. FULL ANSWER One of the world’s largest underground water reserves is
In the past year, California saw a number of extraordinary wildfires, including October’s Tubbs fire north of San Francisco and the Thomas fire near Los Angeles in December. It generally takes a confluence of factors to produce destructive fires, and
In making his case for renegotiating NAFTA, President Donald Trump told GOP donors that the U.S. has a trade surplus with Canada — but only because the trade balance “doesn’t include energy and timber.” That’s false. Accor
Q: Has Russian President Vladimir Putin issued a warrant for the arrest of George Soros? A: No. That rumor has been circulating online for years in various forms. FULL ANSWER It’s true that Russia in 2015 banned two charities run by the billio
Q: Did President Donald Trump sign an order allowing veterans to get full medical bills paid at hospitals outside the VA? A: No, but Trump has continued a program that allows some veterans to seek outside care. FULL QUESTION There is a FB post going ar
Virginia Social Worker Storm Durham Fired for Having Concealed Carry Permit-Unproven! Summary of eRumor: A social worker from Roanoke, Virginia, named Storm Durham was fired for having a concealed carry permit. The Truth: Storm Durham claimed in a vira
Q: Did Keanu Reeves say that President Donald Trump is a role model? A: No. That’s a made-up quote that has been attributed to at least two other actors. FULL ANSWER Keanu Reeves doesn’t say much publicly about politics. He has long had a
In the wake of the Florida school shooting, politicians have raised concern over the influence of violent video games and films on young people, with the president claiming they’re “shaping young people’s thoughts.” Scientists s
President Donald Trump and some members of Congress met Feb. 28 at the White House for a freewheeling discussion on how to reduce gun violence at schools. The meeting came two weeks after the mass shooting in Florida in which 17 people were killed, in
SCIENTISTS’ FEEDBACK SUMMARY This article in the opinion section of Financial Post, written by Susan Crockford, claims that rather than being threatened by declining Arctic sea ice, polar bears are “thriving”. Three scientists who reviewed
A Georgia senator has claimed — without any supporting evidence — that Delta offers discounts on air travel to Planned Parenthood members.
In the March 13 special House election in Pennsylvania, a pair of Republican Party TV ads attack Democratic candidate Conor Lamb as a weak prosecutor who can’t be trusted. But the GOP’s evidence is flimsy and misleading. Both ads fault Lamb
Q: Are the victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting actually alive? A: No. That is a claim made by conspiracy theorists who believe the shooting never happened. FULL ANSWER The tragedy that left 17 dead in a Florida high school on Feb. 14
The Republicans and Democrats on the House intelligence committee have now released competing memos on how the FBI and Department of Justice obtained court approval for surveillance of Carter Page, a former adviser to Donald Trump’s presidential
Barack Obama Trying to Become UN Secretary-General-Fiction! Summary of eRumor: Former President Barack Obama is trying to become the next United Nations secretary-general. The Truth: Despite rumors about Barack Obama trying to become UN Secretary Gener
Military Plans to Confiscate Guns From Private American Citizens-Fiction! Summary of eRumor: The White House has issued formal directives for the military to confiscate guns from private owners from November 7th to December 23rd. The Truth: Outdated (a
In a speech to conservatives, National Rifle Association CEO Wayne LaPierre distorted the facts when talking about the federal system for conducting background checks on prospective gun buyers. LaPierre got a lot wrong when describing a rescinded Obama
Q: Are the students who survived the Florida school shooting really “crisis actors”? A: No. Conspiracy theories have been spreading online to undercut students advocating stricter gun control. FULL QUESTION I’ve seen this floating ar
“I have been much tougher on Russia than Obama, just look at the facts. Total Fake News!” — President Trump in a tweet Tuesday As evidence has mounted that Russia intervened in the U.S. election to support the Trump campaign, Presi
Parkland Shooting Survivor David Hogg is a Crisis Actor- Fiction! Summary of eRumor: David Hogg, a 17-year-old student who became an outspoken advocate for gun control after surviving the Marjory Stoneman High School shooting in Parkland, Florida, is a
President Donald Trump made an apples-to-oranges comparison to suggest that his predecessor and Democrats have changed their tune on election rigging. Trump cited a pre-election quote from then-President Barack Obama telling Trump to “stop whinin
There is no evidence to date that the confessed school shooter belongs to any organized hate group, although he reportedly expressed white supremacist views online.
The Truth-o-Meter says: Mostly False | Has Donald Trump 'been much tougher on Russia' than Barack Obama? Amid swelling evidence of Russia's interference in the 2016 presidential election, President Donald Trump pushed back against critics who s
In a tweet about Russia’s interference in the 2016 president campaign, President Donald Trump falsely claimed that he “never said Russia did not meddle in the election.” Before and after the Nov. 8, 2016, election, Trump has expressed
Despite conspiracy theorist speculation, no evidence supports a link between Nikolas Cruz and Islamic extremism.
We’ve written this before, but we will restate it: The U.S. intelligence community says Russia waged an influence campaign during the 2016 campaign to help elect Donald Trump, but it made no determination on whether Russia’s meddling affec
President Donald Trump repeatedly has mangled the facts about the Diversity Immigrant Visa Program — as we have documented. This week, he found a new way to misrepresent the program. Trump said those who win the diversity visa lottery are awarded
SCIENTISTS’ FEEDBACK SUMMARY This article at CNN reports on a new study that calculates the acceleration of sea level rise that has become apparent in the record of satellite measurements, which began in 1993. Because the satellite record is s
Environmental Protection Agency head Scott Pruitt suggests that global warming isn’t necessarily “a bad thing” because “humans have most flourished during times of … warming.” But recent years have been the warmest
Lawmakers have made several claims about a controversial memo from House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence Chairman Devin Nunes. The memo, written by Republican committee staff and released Feb. 2, raises concerns about a court order for elect
We found no evidence to suggest Costco toilet paper was any less safe for septic tanks than any other brand of bath tissue.
These days, it isn’t just that Republicans are from Mars and Democrats are from Venus. Increasingly, politicians on either side are cherry-picking evidence to support their version of reality. What is cherry-picking? It’s the tactic of harn
There is no evidence that the billionaire supporter of progressive causes ever uttered such a remark, or anything resembling it.
President Donald Trump boasted in his State of the Union address that his legislative proposal to make the DACA program permanent will “generously” cover 1.8 million people — “almost three times more people than the previous a
No evidence validates claims of foul play in a train crash involving Republican members of Congress.
Summary President Donald Trump’s first State of the Union address was filled with several repeat claims about the economy, tax cuts and immigration that we’ve fact-checked before, as well as new false and misleading statements on auto pla
In a recent interview with the British station ITV, President Donald Trump falsely implied the globe’s ice caps are at “record” high levels. But ice caps generally have been declining worldwide. Trump made his claim in an interview w
There's no credible evidence linking a January 2018 indictment with a persistent Clinton conspiracy theory.
Q: Did Sen. Chuck Schumer take $500,000 in donations from immigrant advocacy groups before the government shutdown? A: No. That rumor originated on a satirical website. FULL QUESTION Did Chuck Schumer receive donations from illegal immigrant support
Thieves Cloning Car Remote Codes, Breaking Into Cars-Truth! Summary of eRumor: Thieves are using wireless devices to clone auto door lock codes transmitted by wireless key fobs, allowing them to break into cars. The Truth: Rumors about thieves cloning