Three days of peaceful protests and violent unrest have followed the acquittal of a white former police officer in the killing of a black suspect.
Q: Is Western Kentucky University offering free tuition to black students because of slavery? A: No. The school does not plan to adopt a resolution passed by the Student Government Association demanding “full and free access” for black stu
“Goodbye Petty Officer 2nd Class Janaye Ervin” After National Anthem Protest-Reported as Truth! Summary of eRumor: A column titled “Goodbye Petty Officer 2nd Class Janaye Ervin” claims that Ervin was stripped of her security
“Gone With the Wind” Removed from Theatre, Deemed Offensive-Truth! Summary of eRumor: “Gone With the Wind” was removed from the a Summer Screening Series of the Orpheum Theatre in Memphis in August 2017 because some people fou
NFL Player Isaiah Crowell Posted Image of Police Officer Execution-Truth! Summary of eRumor: Cleveland Browns running back Isaiah Crowell posted an image of a police officer being executed on social media. The Truth: Isaiah Crowell posted a picture o
Edward C. Smith: In Defense of Robert E. Lee Commentary-Authorship Confirmed! Summary of eRumor: A commentary by a black man named Edward C. Smith was published under the headline, “In Defense of Robert E. Lee,” in the Washington Post on Au
Q: Does a video corroborate a belief by Charlottesville police officers that the driver in the fatal car attack at a white nationalist rally “was not acting maliciously”? A: No. Police have charged James Alex Fields Jr. with multiple offenses, inc
NASA Warns of 15 Days of Darkness in November 2017-Fiction! Summary of eRumor: NASA has confirmed that there will be 15 days of total darkness in November 2017 because of an astrological event caused by Jupiter and Venus. The Truth: A false report that
Q: Did the man who drove his car into a crowd of counterprotesters in Charlottesville, Virginia, meet with former President Obama in the White House? A: No. A satirical website confuses the driver with the organizer of the rally, who is rumored to hav
Unite the Right Organizer Jason Kessler Was Obama Supporter, Occupy Wall Street-Truth! & Misleading! Summary of eRumor: Jason Kessler, a right-wing blogger and organizer of the “Unite the Right” event in Charlottesville, was once a supp
Q: Did NASA confirm that there will be 15 days of darkness on Earth in November? A: No. Variations of that false claim have been circulating since at least 2015. FULL ANSWER On May 29, the website twofeed.org posted a story with the headline “
Solar Eclipse August 2017: Solar Eclipse Glasses-Scam! Summary of eRumor: As Americans prepared for a full solar eclipse on August 21, 2017, online retailers began pushing solar eclipse glasses as a must-have safety device for viewing the solar ecli
Twice in two days, President Donald Trump falsely tweeted that acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe’s wife received $700,000 in campaign donations from Hillary Clinton. The nearly $675,000 — not $700,000 — donated to Dr. Jill McCabe, who
President Nixon Pardoned John McCain of War Crimes-Fiction! Summary of eRumor: Senator John McCain confessed to being a war criminal and to committing treason during the Vietnam War, and President Nixon pardoned McCain, sparing him from death by firing
A white former Texas police officer has been indicted on a murder charge in the April 2017 shooting death of a black teen.
Feds Arrest James Comey From His Home at 3 AM-Fiction! Summary of eRumor: Federal agents took James Comey from his home at 3 am and suspect him in engaging in a revenge plot against President Donald Trump. The Truth: A self-described fake news webs
Kardashian West maintained a pair of white streaks on a black table in a social media post shared from a hotel were just part of the table’s marble stone.
Robert Richie, AKA Kid Rock, Dies in Meth Lab Explosion at 44-Fiction! Summary of eRumor: Kid Rock was killed when a meth lab exploded in his home in July 2017. The Truth: A website that encourages users to create and share spoof articles to prank the
A New Jersey professor says she was suspended after discussing a Black Lives Matter event on "Tucker Carlson Tonight."
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: Did Sen. Chuck Schumer resign? Was Attorney General Jeff Sessions fired? Are the Clintons divorcing? Is Monica Lewinsky dead? A: No. Each claim was made by the same website that writes “fiction as fact.” FULL ANSWER Sen. Chuck Schumer
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
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
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
Q: Did President Trump reinstate National Peace Officers Memorial Day? A: No. That claim was made in a fake news story that also falsely said the annual memorial for fallen officers was canceled by former President Obama. FULL QUESTION Did Trump rei
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
President Trump Reinstates Peace Officers’ Memorial Day-Fiction! Summary of eRumor: President Donald Trump has reinstated a national day of remembrance for peace officers who were killed in the line of duty after President Obama canceled it. The
Al Green, a black Texas congressman, said that he's been threatened with lynching by callers infuriated over him seeking impeachment of President Trump.
President Obama’s Burial Plot a Massive Waste of Taxpayer Money-Fiction! Summary of eRumor: President Barack Obama has submitted plans for an Obama family burial plot that would be located next to the Washington Monument on the National Mall an
Cosmic Rays from Mars can Damage Phones, Electronics-Fiction! Summary of eRumor: Singapore television warns readers to turn off their cell phones to avoid damage from cosmic rays from mars that could cause damage and personal harm. The Truth: Warni
A disturbing video purportedly showing two men lynching a black woman is not related to the death of Kendra Shanice Reid.
Bill Clinton’s Love Child, Danney Williams, Found Dead-Fiction! Summary of eRumor: A man named Danney Williams who’s rumored to be Bill Clinton’s love child was found dead under suspicious circumstances. The Truth: A self-described f
The Trump administration has offered some “nothing to see here” spin in response to the president’s firing of FBI Director James Comey. But President Donald Trump and White House Deputy Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders have twis
A ceremony organized by black students at Harvard was spun into a rumor that the university is segregating their commencement events.
Customers responded with outrage to what appeared to be a shift in marketing by the black-owned business.
Sen. Bernie Sanders wrongly claimed that voter turnout in 2016 was “the lowest … in 20 years.” In fact, turnout was higher than it was in 2012. The overall turnout was 60.2 percent in 2016, up from 58.6 percent four years earlier. In
Justice Sheila Abdus-Salaam was also the first black woman to be appointed to the New York State Court of Appeals.
James Johnson said Middle Eastern-American businesses were "raping the black community" while protesting an incident in a South Carolina convenience store.
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
As the Senate considers Judge Neil Gorsuch for the Supreme Court, senators on both sides have engaged in partisan spin over the number of votes required to approve his nomination: Sen. Bernie Sanders falsely claimed the Senate “requires 60 votes