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)

Video: False Illegal Immigration Claims

This fact-checking video by CNN’s Jake Tapper explains two false claims President Donald Trump made about illegal immigration. When asked about his administration’s zero-tolerance border policy that resulted in thousands of migrant children being separated from their parents last year, Trump claimed that “President Obama separated the children. … I’m the ...
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Trump Wrong About Tax Law

Asked whether he believes federal law requires him to give Congress his tax returns, President Donald Trump responded, “There’s no law whatsoever.” He’s wrong about that. There is, in fact, a federal tax law that specifically states if the chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee makes a written ...
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Doctored Quote Tied to Rep. Omar

Quick Take A meme targeting Rep. Ilhan Omar uses an edited quote to cast doubt on her “allegiance” to the United States. Full Story Online falsehoods about Rep. Ilhan Omar are in no short supply. We’ve previously covered deceptive claims about the Minnesota Democrat’s religion, her election and her commitment to the U.S. Constitution. The ...
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Conway Overstates Economic Growth

The U.S. does not currently have economic “growth over 4 percent,” as White House counselor Kellyanne Conway claimed recently. On a quarterly basis, real gross domestic product (which is adjusted for inflation) last grew at an annualized rate of more than 4 percent in the second quarter of 2018. On an ...
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Meme Distorts Facts on Refugees, Social Security

Quick Take A meme circulating on Facebook gives the false impression that there is no cap on the number of refugees that can be admitted to the U.S., and that Social Security beneficiaries did not receive a cost-of-living increase this year. Full Story A meme that was only partially true ...
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Trump’s Numbers, April 2019 Update

Summary Since President Donald Trump took office: Attempted unauthorized crossings at the U.S.-Mexico border soared to the highest levels in over a decade. The trade deficit rose by more than $100 billion — 23.5 percent. The economy added 5.1 million jobs; unemployment fell to the lowest rate in nearly half ...
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More Family Separation Spin

Last year, the Trump administration announced a “zero tolerance” border policy that resulted in children being separated from their parents who were detained for entering the U.S. illegally. Yet President Donald Trump recently claimed that “President Obama separated the children. …  I’m the one that stopped it.” The suggestion that ...
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Anti-America Image From Iran, Not Michigan

Quick Take A popular meme wrongly claims that a photo showing protesters advocating the demise of the U.S. was taken in Michigan. The image is from a 2013 rally in Iran. Full Story Facebook users have spread a meme that falsely presents an anti-America image as if it were taken ...
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Pompeo Wrong on Assad Control in Syria

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo wrongly stated that Syrian President “Bashar al-Assad controls a small fraction of Syria.” Middle East experts tell us that Assad controls a majority of Syria’s land and population. Pompeo made his remarks during an April 8 interview with Fox News’ Bret Baier. Pompeo urged the Cuban ...
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Old Decision in Tax Lawsuit Gets New Spin

Quick Take A website known for spreading misinformation writes that a man who cited religious reasons for not paying his income taxes “has won an historic lawsuit against the IRS.” That’s misleading. One charge was dropped, but four others have yet to be determined. Full Story A man who did ...
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Gillibrand’s Inaccurate Equal Pay Claim

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand was wrong when she said it took until April 2 of this year for a female worker to “earn the same as a white man doing the same job” did in 2018. That date actually marked Equal Pay Day for women, a public awareness campaign that brings ...
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Video: Trump Tramples Facts at NRCC Event

This week’s fact-checking video by CNN’s Jake Tapper tackles a few of the many falsehoods that President Donald Trump made at the annual National Republican Congressional Committee spring dinner in Washington, D.C. Speaking about wind turbines — which Trump referred to as “windmills” — the president falsely suggested the noise from ...
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