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
Former Vice President Al Gore and Environmental Protection Agency head Scott Pruitt made competing claims about whether the U.S. could have changed its emissions targets under the Paris Agreement, instead of pulling out of the deal. Legal experts sid
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
In the wake of another terrorist attack in Britain, President Donald Trump fired off several tweets about the need for his court-blocked travel ban, contradicting statements from members of his own administration and distorting the facts in the process
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.
In announcing that the U.S. would withdraw from the Paris Agreement, a global accord aimed at addressing climate change, President Donald Trump made more than a few false and misleading claims: Trump said the U.S. would be exposed to “massive legal
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
Warnings About Tick-Transmitted Powassan Virus-Truth! Summary of eRumor: Warnings about Powassan Virus, a virus transmitted by ticks that can be deadly or cause permanent neurological symptoms, circulated as summer of 2017 began. The Truth: Powassa
Secret Service Investigating Kathy Griffin for Trump Beheading Photoshoot –Truth! Summary of eRumor: The Secret Service is investigating comedian Kathy Griffin for performing a mock beheading of President Trump and posing with a replica of Trum
White House communications director Michael Dubke has resigned.
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
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
Ariana Grande Said “Islam is Love” at Clinton Campaign Rally-Unproven! Summary of eRumor: Singer Ariana Grande said “Islam is love” during a campaign rally for Hillary Clinton in 2016, a remark that resurfaced after ISIS claime
Disgraced Senator Chuck Schumer Announces Retirement- Fiction! Summary of eRumor: New York Senator Chuck Schumer resigned in disgrace after learning that the White House has enough dirt on Schumer to ruin his marriage and to send him to prison. The
A Mexican news site posted a satirical story saying that the U.S. President had offered asylum to a Russian white supremacist living in Cancún.
How does President Donald Trump’s proposed budget reach a balance in 10 years, as the administration says it will? With 3 percent economic growth, says Mick Mulvaney, director of the White House Office of Management and Budget. How does Trump pla
How to make sense of Michael Flynn's contradictions? He was one of the most distinguished military intelligence officers in a generation. Now he’s the shortest-lived national security adviser in American history after loose-lipped talk with t
What was thought to be a piece of costume jewelry turned out to be a real 26.27-carat white diamond.
This much we know: President Donald Trump and former FBI Director James Comey privately discussed the FBI investigation of the Trump campaign during at least two White House meetings. But Trump’s version of what was said at those private meetings i
Q: Did President Trump sign an executive order making it legal to hunt bald eagles? A: No. That bogus story was published by a fake news website. FULL QUESTION Did Trump OK hunting bald eagles? FULL ANSWER Don’t be fooled by the “AP”
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
On May 17, the Justice Department announced the appointment of former FBI Director Robert S. Mueller III as special counsel to investigate any possible collusion between the Trump campaign and the Russian government’s efforts to influence the 201
A confused white-tailed deer that wandered into a Walmart store in Minnesota ran into a startled customer who tackled the animal to the ground.
A fake, satirical story originally published by a white supremacist web site has been republished several times as fact.
Summary In the weeks leading up to his decision to fire FBI Director James Comey, President Donald Trump met with Comey on at least two occasions and discussed the FBI investigation of the Trump campaign. But Trump’s version of what was said at t
The White House is disputing a report that President Donald Trump asked FBI director James Comey to shut down an investigation into ousted national security adviser Michael Flynn.
The Truth-o-Meter says: Mostly True | Does the president have 'the ability to declassify anything at any time'? The blockbuster article in the Washington Post saying President Donald Trump had "revealed highly classified information to the Rus
When a White House is confronted with a negative news story, officials face a difficult challenge if the story is largely correct. A common PR technique is to deny things that are not in the story, or to make sweeping declarations while ign
The White House scrambled to calibrate a response to Monday’s bombshell report claiming President Donald Trump revealed highly classified information to a Russian delegation in the Oval Office. The Washington Post on May 15 reported that Trump ha
Pastor Eaten By Crocodile While Walking on Water Like Jesus-Fiction! Summary of eRumor: Pastor Jonathan Mthethwa or Pastor Jeremiah Mahlangu (depending on the version) was eaten by crocodiles in South Africa while trying to demonstrate to congregan
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
President Donald Trump downplayed the significance of the FBI’s Russia investigation and the timing of his decision to fire FBI Director James Comey in an interview with NBC May 11. He also distorted the facts on both points. Here are Trump&rsquo
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
Barack Obama Paid $3.2 Million to Deliver Speech in Milan-Unproven! Summary of eRumor: President Barack Obama was paid $3.2 million to deliver the keynote address on the impact of climate change on the world’s food supply at a the Food & C
For many political observers, President Donald Trump’s sudden firing of FBI Director James Comey immediately called to mind President Richard Nixon’s Saturday Night Massacre. That night back in 1973, Nixon fired Watergate special prosecutor
President Trump has fired James B. Comey as director of the FBI, citing Comey’s handling of the agency’s investigation into Hillary Clinton’s private email server. Through a Tuesday memo by deputy attorney general Rod J. Rosenstein,
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
Q: Was Michelle Obama’s mother, Marian Robinson, charged with larceny and fraud? A: No. That false claim piggybacks on a fake news story that we already wrote about. FULL QUESTION Has Marian Robinson, Barack Obama’s mother-in-law, been charg
At a hearing intended to be about Russian interference in the election, U.S. senators instead focused much of their attention on decisions Sally Yates made during her short tenure as acting attorney general. Soon after President Donald Trump’s in