FactChecking the New Hampshire Democratic Debate

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Summary Four days before the New Hampshire primary, seven Democratic presidential candidates debated. We found factual distortions on several issues: Former Vice President Joe Biden said Sen. Bernie Sanders “voted to give the gun manufacturers … a loophole that does not allow them to be sued for the crimes they […]

Explaining Coronavirus Misinformation

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FactCheck.org writers Jessica McDonald and Angelo Fichera were interviewed by a South Korean radio program about their work combating misinformation related to the new coronavirus. Since China reported a mysterious cluster of pneumonia cases to the World Health Organization on Dec. 31, false and misleading information has sprung up online […]

Biden Miscasts Hot Mic Moment About Trump

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Joe Biden falsely claimed that a hot mic at a NATO reception caught “leaders of the free world” privately saying “they didn’t think [President Donald Trump] knew anything, they didn’t trust him, et cetera.” Biden has turned Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s mild ribbing about Trump holding long, unscheduled press […]

Trump Repeats Falsehoods in Celebrating Acquittal

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A day after his acquittal in the Senate impeachment trial, President Donald Trump made celebratory remarks in the White House on Feb. 6, thanking many Republican politicians and repeating several false and misleading claims, many of which we’ve checked before. The president twisted the facts on the Russia investigation, former […]

Report Prompts False Claims of ‘Voter Fraud’ in Iowa

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Quick Take A report by a conservative legal organization about voter registration rates in eight Iowa counties has been cited to promote baseless suggestions of voter fraud. Full Story  Amid the Iowa caucuses, the founder of a conservative group and Iowa’s secretary of state, a Republican, went head-to-head on Twitter […]

Video: SOTU and the Democratic Response

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We fact-check several claims from President Donald Trump’s State of the Union address, and one from the Democratic response, in this video: Trump twisted the facts in claiming the economy is “the best it has ever been” after “years of economic decay.” The economy was already experiencing steady growth in […]

Omar’s State of the Union Trivia Tweet

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Democratic Rep. Ilhan Omar asked on Twitter: “Have we ever had an impeached President, deliver the State of the Union address while he is on trial in the Senate?” Answer: Yes. President Bill Clinton in 1999. Omar tweeted the inquiry on Feb. 2, two days before President Donald Trump’s State […]

Coronavirus Misinformation Spreads Like a Virus

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China first reported an unusual cluster of pneumonia cases in the city of Wuhan on Dec. 31, and, within a month, the internet was infected with misinformation about the responsible virus, now called the 2019 novel coronavirus. Fact-checking organizations, including FactCheck.org, from 30 countries collaborated through the International Fact-Checking Network […]