The Truth-o-Meter says: False | Rick Perry wrongly downplays human role in climate change Energy Secretary Rick Perry downplayed the role of human activity in the recent rise in the Earth’s temperature, saying natural causes are likely the ma
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi cites research from two partisan groups to claim that the Republican health care bill would result in the loss of 1.8 million jobs by 2022. But a recent independent study put the expected job loss at 413,000 by that y
Bill Clinton Has Aids, Transmitted AIDS to Hillary Clinton-Fiction! Summary of eRumor: A former D.C. call girl has come forward with accusations that President Bill Clinton has AIDS, and that Hillary Clinton is HIV positive. The Truth: An unsubstanti
In an interview on CNBC, Energy Secretary Rick Perry said carbon dioxide is not “the primary control knob” for the Earth’s temperature and climate. But scientists say it’s “extremely likely” that human activity &
“Repeat sex offenders pose an especially grave risk to children. ‘When convicted sex offenders reenter society, they are much more likely than any other type of offender to be rearrested for a new rape or sexual assault.’” –Su
Robert Mueller Called for One World Government, Religion-Fiction! Summary of eRumor: Robert Mueller advocated for a one-world government, one-world religion under a one-world leader “as quickly as possible” before he was appointed specia
Barron Trump Wins National Academic Science Award-Fiction! Summary of eRumor: President Donald Trump’s son, Barron Trump, won a national academic science award for a project that focus on the regulation of thermodynamics in shale rock. The Truth:
Bernie Sanders Drives $170,000 Audi R8 Sport Car-Fiction! Summary of eRumor: Photos show Bernie Sanders driving a $172,000 Audi R8 sport car that he purchased with donations to his 2016 presidential campaign. The Truth: An unidentified man with a pas
Q: Can President Donald Trump fire special counsel Robert Mueller? A: Not directly. Only the deputy attorney general who appointed Mueller can fire him and only for cause. But Trump could fire the DAG, or order the special-counsel regulations repealed
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
Muslim Invasion: Email Claims UK Overrun by Muslim Minority-Mostly Fiction! Summary of eRumor: A forwarded email with the subject line, “How the British Have Passively Succumbed to the Muslim Invasion,” argues that the country’s numbe
EXPLAINER A June 12th Winnipeg Free Press story titled “U of M climate change study postponed due to climate change” describes a climate study delayed by unusual sea ice conditions around Newfoundland that necessitated the reassignment of
Q: Did White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer say that the president has the “legal right and power to decide how words in the English language are spelled”? A: No. That bogus quote comes from a “satirical” article about Presi
Q: Was the Clinton Foundation ordered to cease operations and Chelsea Clinton charged with fraud? A: No. Those baseless claims were made up by a self-described “satirical” website. FULL QUESTION Has the Clinton Foundation been found to h
President Donald Trump touted the opening of a new coal mine in Pennsylvania as evidence that his administration is “putting the miners back to work.” But construction of the mine in question began before the 2016 election. And experts say
Democratic Senator Hal Lindsay Arrested, Dies in Custody-Fiction! Summary of eRumor: Democratic Senator Hal Lindsay was arrested by the DEA over the weekend and was later killed while in protective custody. The Truth: A self-described fake news we
SCIENTISTS’ FEEDBACK SUMMARY In an article for Breitbart, author James Delingpole claims to provide 58 scientific papers published in 2017 that show global warming to be “a myth”. This claim is sourced entirely from a list on a blog called
Since July 2016, the FBI has been investigating the Russian government’s attempt to influence the 2016 presidential election, including whether President Donald Trump’s campaign associates were involved in those efforts. “Russian President V
President Trump Ends President Obama’s Vacation Scam, Sends Bill-Fiction! Summary of eRumor: President Trump has ended President’s Obama’s “vacation scam,” in which the former president planned to bill taxpayers for bil
Warning: ISIS Sending invites to WhatsApp Interschools Group-Fiction! Summary of eRumor: ISIS is using a WhatsApp group called “Interschools” as a recruitment tool; users are not able to exit the group once they join, and ISIS can use it
Q: Did a potential nominee for “chief scientist” at the U.S. Department of Agriculture call scientists “dumb, regular people” who “think dinosaurs actually existed and the Earth is somehow getting warmer”? A: No. Th
President Trump’s Tweet About “Covfefe” Has Hidden Meaning-Unproven! Summary of eRumor: A tweet from President Trump’s personal Twitter account included the word “covfefe,” leading to questions about the definition o
Trump wrongly claimed that the Paris Agreement would allow China to “build hundreds of additional coal plants” and allow India to “double its coal production by 2020” but the United States “can’t build the plants.
Democrats Introduce Americans with No Abilities Act (ANNA)-Fiction! Summary of eRumor: Senate Democrats have introduced a bill called the Americans with No Abilities Act, or ANNA, to provide benefits to Americans who “lack any real skills or am
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
Man Catches 13 Pound Bullfrog in Texas-Unproven! Summary of eRumor: A man caught a 13 pound bullfrog in a fishing hole while hunting on a ranch in Batesville, Texas. The Truth: A Texas state game official confirmed that photos purportedly showing a
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
A meme purporting to be a copy of President Trump's "Hotel & Catering Requirements" was likely a joke.
A video posted to Facebook likely shows a pantry moth infestation.
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
President Trump is Showing Signs of Dementia –Unproven! Summary of eRumor: Claims that President Trump is exhibiting signs of dementia in his speech and actions began circulating on social media in May 2017. The Truth: There’s no hard evi
Theories that terrorist attacks are more likely on the 22nd use faulty data and completely miss the point about "anniversary" attacks.
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
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.
German Government Confiscating Homes to House Refugees-Truth! & Fiction! Summary of eRumor: The German government has begun confiscating residential homes in Hamburg to house an influx of refugees from Syria and other war-torn countries. The Trut
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
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
Why did President Donald Trump fire FBI Director James Comey? The president and top administration officials have offered contradictory accounts in recent days: The official White House statement on May 9 said Trump “acted based on the clear rec
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