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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)

Websites Distort Story of Former Federal Judge

Quick Take Conservative websites falsely claim that former federal Judge Alex Kozinski “struck down” President Donald Trump’s original travel ban. He actually opposed its suspension.  Full Story Before federal Judge Alex Kozinski abruptly retired amid sexual harassment allegations late last year, he made news for a scathing dissent he wrote. In his March ...
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FactChecking the Trump-Pelosi-Schumer Scuffle

In a contentious Oval Office meeting, President Donald Trump and the Democratic congressional leaders — Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer — disagreed over funding for a border wall, mangling some facts in the process. The president claimed that “a lot of the wall is built,” and he cited statistics purporting ...
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Trump’s Hand Was Over Heart at Bush Funeral

Quick Take President Donald Trump, like others at former President George H.W. Bush’s funeral, put his hand over his heart as the casket passed. Full Story As former President George H.W. Bush’s casket passed the first pew in the Washington National Cathedral during his funeral on Dec. 5, President Donald ...
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Meme Confuses Lincoln’s Bible With A Quran

Quick Take Former President Barack Obama was sworn into office in 2013 with his hand on two Bibles. He did not use a Quran, as a meme circulating online falsely claims. Full Story Former President Barack Obama used two Bibles when he was sworn into office for his second term ...
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Trump’s Exaggerated ‘Conflicts of Interest’ Claims

In a flurry of tweets, President Donald Trump stretched the facts when he alleged that special counsel Robert Mueller and his staff have “many” conflicts of interests: Trump falsely claimed that “the woman in charge of prosecuting [conservative author] Jerome Corsi” was “in charge of ‘legal’ at” the Clinton Foundation ...
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No Evidence New York Legislator Died from Flu Shot

Quick Take A self-described “alternative news” story suggests the flu shot was responsible for the death of a New York state senator. The official cause of death is still pending. Full Story The weekend before Thanksgiving, New York State Sen. José Peralta worked at a community event offering the flu shot for ...
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Our Annual Fundraising Appeal

This week we celebrated our 15th year of holding politicians accountable. We have been able to keep the fact-checks coming in part because of your support. We hope that you will be as generous this year as you have been in the past. In 2018, we have been very busy covering ...
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Several Administrations Used Tear Gas at the Border

Q: During the Obama administration, did Border Patrol agents use tear gas to control crowds of migrants during incidents at the U.S.-Mexico border? A: Yes, and the gas was also used by administrations prior to his, news reports say. FULL QUESTION To what extent were individuals or groups crossing the ...
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Trump’s Misleading Paris Agreement Tweets

On Dec. 4, President Donald Trump tweeted about French President Emmanuel Macron and the Paris Agreement, misrepresenting the foreign leader’s position on the climate accord. Macron has not said or suggested the Paris Agreement is “fatally flawed,” as Trump implied. Trump also made a few familiar omissions and errors on ...
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Bogus Kurt Russell Quote Strikes Again

Quick Take A viral meme falsely attributes a quote supportive of President Donald Trump to movie star Kurt Russell. The actor’s representative has debunked it before. Full Story A number of similar pro-President Donald Trump Facebook pages, seemingly in concert, posted a meme this week that spreads a quote falsely ...
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The Fake Clinton Quote That Won’t Go Away

Quick Take An old, bogus quote claiming that Hillary Clinton suggested in 2013 that Donald Trump should run for public office is circulating again on Facebook. It’s still not true. Full Story Even after it has been thoroughly debunked, misinformation can keep spreading. For example, a claim from a made-up ...
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Our 15th Anniversary

FactCheck.org turns 15 years old today. Since our launch on Dec. 5, 2003, fact-checking political claims has become a worldwide phenomenon, with 162 fact-checking websites currently active, according to the Reporters’ Lab at Duke University. Journalists gather annually at “Global Fact-Checking Summits.” There was very little fact-checking when we launched. I wrote at the time: ...
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