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Authorities say another resident of the compound near the Colorado state line was conducting weapons training with assault rifles.
SCIENTISTS’ FEEDBACK SUMMARY This op-ed published by The Australian, written by Ian Plimer, makes a large number of claims that run counter to science and observations or are the expression of fallacious reasoning. The title of the op-ed—
Was a vegan lion tamer named Darrell Johnson arrested for only feeding his animals a vegan carrot-based mixture? No, that's not true: the story was made up by a Canadian site that makes up stories about bizarre crimes and sex acts for enterta
Was a 38-year-old priest named Julian McMillan arrested in Boston for coating the hosts in his church with drugs? No, that's not true: the story was made up by a Canadian site that makes up tales about bizarre crimes and sex acts for entertain
SCIENTISTS’ FEEDBACK SUMMARY This article at NPR discusses what happens when warm spring weather arrives earlier because of climate change. Animals must adjust to changes in the timing of plant flowering, for example, leading to noticeable des
Were seven participants on the reality show "Survivor: Castaway" in the Philippines rescued after five years on a deserted island? No, that's not true: the story was made up by a Canadian website that makes up entertaining stories about weird
Did a 17-year-old teenager in Bowling Green, Kentucky crash a car into a building while maturbating to the gear shift under the influcence of "female viagra"? No, that's not true, the story was made up by a site that invents tales of bizarre
Did 28-year-old Nora Jackson tie a baby to a ceiling fan while babysitting under the influence of drugs in Orlando, Florida and did the kid stay suspended for 26 hours before being rescued? No, that's not true: the whole thing was made up by s
Q: Did a Muslim waitress refuse to seat 27 Christians? A: No. That claim is completely made up. The restaurant where it supposedly happened doesn’t even exist. FULL ANSWER Religious freedom was back in the news this month when the U.S. Supre
Q: Is Nathan Larson — who has expressed support for pedophilia, rape and incest — a Republican candidate for Congress? A: No. Larson is running for a Virginia congressional seat as an independent. FULL ANSWER A Virginia man who admitted i
SCIENTISTS’ FEEDBACK SUMMARY This article in The New York Times discusses water supply issues along the Rio Grande in New Mexico, and the projected impacts of climate change. Scientists who reviewed the article generally found it to be an accu
Political leanings: Conservative Spending target: Unknown Restoration PAC was founded in January 2015 as the super PAC of Restoration Action, a social welfare organization offering “an aspirational conservative agenda and educational platform t
In talking about the importance of the 2018 midterm congressional elections, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi misrepresented government data to claim that “1 in 5 children in America goes to sleep hungry at night.” There is no precise mea
Political leanings: Pro-President Trump Spending target: Unknown The Committee to Defend the President was founded as the Stop Hillary PAC in May 2013. The group’s mission changed after the 2016 election, and then it officially changed its name
The protests were chosen to line up with the 19th anniversary of the Columbine High School shooting, which left 13 people dead in Littleton, Colorado.
NOT REAL NEWS: Colorado McDonald's franchises not converting play areas into pot-smoking centers
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
Q: Are Philip Morris “Marlboro M” brand marijuana cigarettes now for sale in four U.S. states? A: No. That claim comes from a 2014 satirical story. It has recently resurfaced without the satire label. FULL ANSWER Philip Morris does not s
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
SUMMARY Many stories were written about climate science in 2017, but were the ones that “went viral” scientifically accurate? To find out, we compiled a list of articles with the most comments, shares, and likes on social networks using data from
SCIENTISTS’ FEEDBACK SUMMARY This July 2017 article in The New York Times described a remarkable iceberg calving event at Antarctica’s Larsen C ice shelf. Scientists who reviewed the article found it to be essentially accurate and informativ
Attorney General Jeff Sessions claimed that more car accidents were “caused” by drugs than alcohol for the first time in 2016. But the report his office cited as support didn’t show that. The report shows alcohol — not drugs
The Supreme Court is taking up the highly anticipated case of the Colorado baker who refused to make a wedding cake for a same-sex couple.
SCIENTISTS’ FEEDBACK SUMMARY This article at Grist by Eric Holthaus examines the risk of greater sea level rise caused by a more rapid loss of glacial ice. It focuses on a process recently added to one ice sheet model (ice cliff instability),
Two House committees have said that they will investigate the Obama administration’s approval of a deal that gave Russia a financial interest in U.S. uranium production. The 2010 deal allowed Rosatom, the Russian nuclear energy agency, to acquire a c
Hurricane Harvey has brought with it both a record amount of rain and questions about how much climate change can be blamed for the storm. Climate change did not cause Harvey, or any other storm, but it makes intense storms like Harvey more likely t
Summary President Donald Trump delivered a raucous, error-filled speech in Arizona on Aug. 22, just days after he was uniformly criticized for blaming “both sides” for the deadly violence at a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Vir
Police said there's no indication an attacker who stabbed a man in Colorado was an "antifa" member.
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
A viral message touting the "heroic" acts of Marvin Heemeyer, a man who created a "killdozer" to exact revenge on a small Colorado town, omits several key details.
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
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
The Line: The Republican health care bill would throw 24 million people off the health insurance they have now. The Party: Democratic After the House passed a GOP health care bill to replace the Affordable Care Act, Democrats criticized the legislation
Tornado Carries Mobile Home 130 Miles with Family Inside-Fiction! Summary of eRumor: An F4 tornado that swept through Tulsa, Oklahoma, carried a mobile home 130 miles, and five family members inside were remarkably unharmed. The Truth: A well-known f
Summary President Donald Trump did a flurry of TV interviews and held a campaign-style rally to mark his first 100 days, and he left a trail of false, misleading and sometimes puzzling statements in his wake: Trump, who is seeking to renegotiate the N
Q: Did all eight Supreme Court justices write a letter opposing Judge Neil Gorsuch’s nomination to fill a court vacancy? A: No. That false claim was made on a liberal website that misrepresented a court ruling regarding the Individuals with Disa
A woman traveling from Colorado says two girls were barred from flying until they changed their clothes.
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,”
The Truth-o-Meter says: Mostly False | Viral image about Democratic senators and 'big pharma' is misleading A viral post circulating recently in some of the more liberal corners of social media accuses 13 Democratic senators of allegedly voting aga