Facts Check

Fact or Fiction?

We have tried to find a resource to assist us in identifying and weeding out some of the “myth from truth”.

(note: please read with the understanding that information may not be deemed 100% accurate and is collected from 3rd party sources)

Trump Disinformation on Deficits

President Donald Trump misleadingly claimed that “deficits seem to be coming down,” when in fact deficits are rising, largely because of the tax cuts he enacted. In fact, the deficit in the first three months of fiscal year 2019 was 42 percent higher than it was for the same period ...
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Misleading Message in Posts About Flint Water

Quick Take Social media posts take aim at President Donald Trump’s declaration of a national emergency by making a misleading claim about government funding for the water crisis in Flint, Michigan. Full Story Since President Donald Trump declared a national emergency to secure funding for his proposed border wall, both ...
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Meme Spreads Misinformation on Medicare

Quick Take A meme with misinformation about Medicare eligibility and cost has been shared almost 500,000 times on Facebook. Full Story The claim, posed in the form of a question, has been shared 493,000 times and says: “Why do Seniors on Social Security have to pay for Medicare and a ...
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Meme Misleads on Minnesota’s Somali Refugees

Quick Take Facebook posts distort the number of Somali refugees who have resettled in Minnesota to advance an unsupported claim about a freshman congresswoman’s electoral victory. Full Story Democratic Rep. Ilhan Omar’s family fled from her native Somalia and sought refuge in Kenya before resettling in the U.S., according to ...
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Spinning Trump’s National Emergency Declaration

Both sides are spinning the facts in response to President Donald Trump’s declaration of a national emergency on the Southwest border: As justification for the border wall, White House adviser Stephen Miller cited an increase in border crossers who “can’t be turned around” and sent home immediately, such as those seeking asylum ...
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O’Rourke Didn’t Trash Seniors and Veterans

Quick Take There’s no evidence that former Rep. Beto O’Rourke made a series of disparaging comments about the elderly and veterans, despite what a popular meme claims. Full Story A meme circulating on Facebook claims that Beto O’Rourke, a former Democratic congressman from Texas, said: “IF I COULD THROW TWO ...
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Video: FactChecking Trump’s Fact-Checking Claim

In this week’s video, CNN’s Jake Tapper reviews President Donald Trump’s suggestion that fact-checkers didn’t hold then-President Barack Obama accountable for his false promise that if you like your health care plan or your doctor, you can keep them under the Affordable Care Act. We did.  At his Feb. 11 rally ...
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FactChecking Trump’s National Emergency Remarks

In declaring a national emergency at the Southwest border, President Donald Trump strung together a long list of false, misleading and unsupported claims on illegal immigration, drug smuggling, human trafficking, trade deficits and other issues. We briefly cover some of the statements the president made in his Feb. 15 Rose Garden remarks — ...
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Anti-Muslim Myth Gets A New Twist

Quick Take Congress didn’t “quietly” repeal a law barring Muslims from serving in public office, as social media posts allege. No such law existed in the first place. Full Story Popular posts on Facebook put a new twist on the long-circulating falsehood that Muslims are banned from holding public office ...
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Falsehood About Pelosi’s Brother-in-Law Resurfaces

Quick Take A viral story revives a falsehood about Nancy Pelosi’s brother-in-law and a federal loan guarantee for a Nevada solar plant. Full Story Using the proposed Green New Deal as a hook, Neon Nettle — a website known for peddling false and misleading content — has dredged up an ...
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The Facts on the ‘Green New Deal’

On Feb. 7, New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez introduced her Green New Deal in the House and Sen. Ed Markey of Massachusetts introduced a companion resolution in the Senate. The text of the legislation, which is a nonbinding resolution, lays out a broad vision for how the country might tackle climate change ...
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‘El Chapo’ Trial Used To Spread Viral Deception

Quick Take A viral meme is spreading false information connecting the infamous drug lord El Chapo to three major Democratic politicians. Full Story The notorious Mexican drug lord known as El Chapo was found guilty in U.S. federal court on 10 counts of drug-related charges Feb. 12. El Chapo, whose ...
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