President Trump’s Chemical Chlorpyrifos Action Motivated by $1 M Payment From Dow Jones-Truth! & Disputed! Summary of eRumor: President Donald Trump allowed the use of chlorpyrifos in chemical pesticides because Dow Chemical paid him $1 mil
President Donald Trump will end a special designation for nearly 59,000 Haitians that allowed them to live in the United States without threat of deportation after the 2010 earthquake. Haitians benefitting from Temporary Protected Status now have 18 mo
California Lawmakers Exempt Themselves from Gun Laws-Outdated! Summary of eRumor: Claims that California lawmakers exempt themselves from gun laws resurfaced in 2017. The Truth: The California state Senate considered a gun bill that would have given la
Sen. Rand Paul misrepresented two studies supported by federal grants, while advocating legislation he introduced to change the federal grant funding process. In both cases, Paul, a 2016 presidential candidate and Republican from Kentucky, confused the
President Donald Trump criticized Sen. Chuck Schumer for helping to create the Diversity Immigrant Visa Program used by an Uzbekistan-born immigrant charged with killing eight people in New York City. In 1990, Schumer was instrumental in helping to cr
Nationwide Listeria Outbreak Leads to Vegetable Recalls, Consumer Panic-Mostly Truth! Summary of eRumor: Warnings about a nationwide listeria outbreak that has led to recalls of vegetables sold at Trader Joe’s, Aldi, Albertson’s, Safeway,
Nationwide Listeria Outbreak Leads to Vegetable Recalls, Consumer Panic-Mostly Truth! Summary of eRumor: Warnings about a nationwide listeria outbreak that prompted voluntary product recalls from Trader Joe’s, Aldi, Albertson’s, Safeway,
Mariska Hargitay; and John Cho. Also: ZZ Ward performs; and Sonny Emory sits in with the band..This item belongs to: movies/TV-KNTV.This item has files of the following types: Closed Caption Text, Columbia Fingerprint TV, Columbia Sparse Fingerprint TV
Myeshia Johnson “Setting the Record Straight” Facebook Post About Husband’s Death-Fiction! Summary of eRumor: Myeshia Johnson, the widow of Army Sgt. La David Johnson, stated in a Facebook post that she’s tired of U.S Rep. Fred
President Donald Trump has claimed that under the Affordable Care Act, insurance companies have “taken advantage of this country” and “made a fortune,” which he “stopped” by ending payments for cost-sharing subsidies
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
“Why I left California” Commentary About “The Progressive Destruction of California” –Truth! & Fiction! Summary of eRumor: A commentary headlined “Why I Left California” about the progressive destruction
Environmental Protection Agency head Scott Pruitt criticized former President Barack Obama for leaving “us with more Superfund sites than when he came in.” This is misleading for multiple reasons: While Pruitt is right, his agency doesn
SCIENTISTS’ FEEDBACK SUMMARY This article in The New York Times serves as a primer by briefly answering seventeen basic questions about the cause and consequences of—and possible solutions to—climate change. Twelve scientists reviewed the
Budweiser Pulls Out of NFL Over National Anthem Protests-Fiction! Summary of eRumor: Budweiser has pulled its ads and withdrawn its support for the NFL over the league’s handling of players protesting inequality by kneeling during the National An
Republican gubernatorial candidate Ed Gillespie is airing a misleading TV ad in Virginia that says Democrat Ralph Northam was the “deciding vote” in “favor of sanctuary cities that let dangerous illegal immigrants back on the streets.” It’s t
Once again, Republicans and Democrats are making competing claims on whether the latest GOP effort to repeal the Affordable Care Act continues to protect those with preexisting medical conditions. Under the Graham-Cassidy bill, insurers couldn’t
Environmental Protection Agency head Scott Pruitt criticized former President Barack Obama for leaving 40 percent of Americans with air quality that doesn’t meet EPA standards. By some measures, this is true. But a report Pruitt’s office cited
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 study suggests that second-born sons have an increased risk of delinquency and crime, though it has not yet been formally peer-reviewed or published.
In rescinding the Obama-era Deferred Action on Childhood Arrivals program, Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ selective use of facts leaves a misleading impression of the program: Sessions described DACA recipients as “800,000 mostly-adult illeg
Sacramento City Council Votes to Pay Gang Members $1.5 million Not to Kill People-Mostly Truth! Summary of eRumor: The Sacramento City Council unanimously approved implementing a program that will pay gang members $1.5 million not to shoot people. The
In lifting the Obama-era restrictions on police acquisition of surplus military equipment, Attorney General Jeff Sessions misleadingly cited studies to claim that President Obama “went too far” and undermined public safety. Sessions said the studie
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
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
Q: Does the herbicide glyphosate cause cancer? A: There is evidence to suggest it may cause cancer at very high doses, but not at the low doses typically found in foods. FULL QUESTION A FoodBabe.com article says glyphosate has been found in prepa
Oregon Governor Signs Gun Confiscation Bill Into Law-Truth! & Misleading! Summary of eRumor: Oregon Governor Kate Brown signed a bill into law in August 2017 that allows authorities to confiscate guns from certain individuals without prior notice o
An anthropologist (not a doctor) penned a non-peer reviewed piece arguing that flu vaccination benefits are overestimated and that the risks have not been sufficiently highlighted.
Pepsi AIDS Alert: Worker Adds HIV-Positive Blood to Pepsi-Fiction! Summary of eRumor: SMS messages warn consumers not to drink Pepsi products for the next couple weeks because a worker who’s HIV-positive added his blood to the company’s pro
Vladimir Putin: Dangerous George Soros Driving America Toward Civil War-Fiction! Summary of eRumor: Russian President Vladimir Putin told his senior advisors that George Soros and his “vast network of agitators” are targeting America’
This year, SciCheck writer Vanessa Schipani has appeared on NBC10 in Philadelphia several times to discuss some of her stories. Tilapia On Aug. 13, Schipani discussed deceptive articles that claim bacon is healthier than tilapia. Many of these article
Fleas in two Arizona counties tested positive for the presence of the plague, but the risk to humans remains small.
News articles exaggerate the health risks associated with normal consumption of cocktails such as the popular Moscow mule.
Rep. Lamar Smith said climate change “alarmists” ignore the “positive impacts” of more carbon dioxide in the atmosphere, such as increased food production and quality. But the impact of increased CO2 levels on agricultur
SCIENTISTS’ FEEDBACK SUMMARY This article at Forbes describes a study on the possible influence of Arctic sea ice loss on recent changes to a key portion of ocean circulation in the Atlantic Ocean. This Atlantic Meridional Overturning Circulat
SCIENTISTS’ FEEDBACK SUMMARY This Wall Street Journal commentary by David Henderson and John Cochrane argues that the world would be better off adapting to climate change than eliminating the greenhouse gas emissions that cause warming. Scient
Somali Muslims Take Over Small Tennessee Town, Terrify Christians-Outdated! Summary of eRumor: Somali Muslims have taken over a small Tennessee town, forcing absolute hell and terrifying Christians. The Truth: Earlier accounts of Somali Muslims R
Walmart Jelly Sandals, Jelly Shoes Contain Lead-Unproven! Summary of eRumor: Warnings that Walmart jelly sandals and jelly shoes contain lead spread across social media in June 2017. The Truth: Despite widespread warnings that Walmart jelly shoes an
President Donald Trump said that by allowing insurers to sell plans across state lines, “your premiums will be down 60 and 70 percent.” We couldn’t find any study supporting such a decrease, and experts we consulted disputed the idea
Q: Did former President Barack Obama follow President Donald Trump to the G-20 summit in Hamburg, Germany? A: No. That claim was made on websites that don’t “make any warranties” about the reliability of their information. FULL QUE