Fact Checking

Killer Charles Manson Alive as Reports Swirl of Ill Health

LOS ANGELES (AP) — For nearly 50 years Charles Manson has been the living personification of evil, a demonic presence captured in scores of photos, …

Crime

Mythbusting: Seasonal Storage

As Thanksgiving nears, it’s time for those of us in cold weather areas to put our precious rides away before the white stuff (snow) falls and more …

Classic Cars

Is the EU becoming less important to the world economy?

"The EU currently represents just 15% of the world's economy and it’s forecast to go down to 12% by 2030."<p>Audience Member, BBC Question Time, 16 …

Economics

Trump's Fanciful Plane Tale

This week’s fact-checking video by CNN’s Jake Tapper looks at a fanciful story that President Donald Trump tells about President Barack Obama’s last …

Donald Trump

Why Zuckerberg’s New “Trust Indicators” Can’t Fix Fake News

A system providing additional context for publishers is too little, too late in a world where basic facts and mainstream publications are quickly written off as partisan.<p>When Daily Beast correspondent <b>Michael Tomasky</b> took a recent dive into snopes.com, what he found there alarmed him. “As I toggled …

Journalism

Intellectual Freedom in the Age of Fake News When is an Apple a Banana

<b></b>CNN recently launched a “Facts First” campaign to remind people that facts do exist, and that, “A<b>n apple is not a banana.”</b><b>(</b> …

Creative Commons

The Facts on Human-Animal Chimeras

<b>Q: Does</b> <b>the National Institutes of Health fund research on human-animal chimeras, or organisms that are part-human, part-other animal?</b><p><b>A: With some</b> …

Genetics

FACT CHECK: Did Obama Ride the Subway Next to an Open-Mouthed Sleeping Man?

CLAIM<p>A photograph showing President Obama with a man sleeping on the subway is genuine.<p>RATING<p>FALSE<p>ORIGIN<p>An image purportedly showing President Obama …

Pete Souza

The Democrats' Inaccurate Talking Point

Nonpartisan congressional analysts estimate that 13 million fewer Americans would have health insurance by 2025 if the health care law’s individual …

Health Care

Was Roy Moore Banned From the Gadsden Mall For Harassing Teenage Girls?

On 13 November 2017, <i>The New Yorker</i> reported, based on interviews with multiple local sources, that Alabama Senate candidate and twice-removed state …

Crime

FACT CHECK: Did a Colorado Infant Become the “First Pot Overdose Death”?

CLAIM<p>A new study reporting on the 2015 death of a Colorado infant claims the event was the world’s first documented pot …

Cannabis

Navy Plane Traces Obscene Sky Drawing over Washington Town

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — Residents of the town of Okanogan, Washington, got quite an air show courtesy of the U.S. Navy.<p>Officials for Naval Air Station …

U.S. Navy

At Snopes, a Peek Down the Right-Wing Rabbit Holes

Fake news is a perfect marriage of corrupt capitalism (make-a-buck pranksters) and corrupt constitutionalism (people who lie under protection of the …

U.S. Politics

FACT CHECK: Does The Republican Tax Bill Include a Loophole Benefitting Golf Course Owners?

CLAIM<p>The Republican-sponsored Tax Cuts and Jobs Act includes a deduction benefitting golf course owners.<p>RATING<p>TRUE<p>ORIGIN<p>Even before it passed the …

Jeff Flake

Happy Hour Roundup

* Aggelos Petropoulos and Richard Engel have the bizarre tale of a Panamanian Trump resort that somehow became a vehicle for money laundering:<p>An NBC News investigation into the Trump Ocean Club, in conjunction with Reuters, shows that the project was riddled with brokers, customers and investors …

Opinion

Trump Didn't Cut Canine Program

<b>Q: Did President Donald Trump shut down a service dog training program for veterans?</b><p><b>A: No. Walter Reed National Military Medical Center ended its</b> …

Donald Trump

Test yourself with our new free game: PolitiTruth

Think you can tell the difference between True and False? Do you really know what is fake news? Now you can test yourself, and see how you stack up …

FACT CHECK: Photographer Said Franken Image Was Staged?

CLAIM<p>The photographer of the infamous Al Franken image said that the moment was staged, that Leanna Tweeden "was playing dead," and that "she wanted …

Leeann Tweeden

FactChecking Trump's Business Boasts - FactCheck.org

As President Donald Trump listed the accomplishments of his trip to Asia, one example remains a mystery.<p>“Vietnam is ordering at least $12 billion …

Donald Trump

FACT CHECK: Does the GOP Tax Bill Introduce Anti-Abortion “Fetal Personhood” Legislation?

CLAIM<p>The 2017 GOP tax overhaul plan includes language that attempts to codify “fetal personhood”.<p>RATING<p>MOSTLY TRUE<p>ORIGIN<p>Since the landmark U.S. …

Rights & Freedoms

Actress Rose McGowan Arraigned on Cocaine Charge

Actress Rose McGowan was arraigned on a felony cocaine charge, days after she alleged in The New Yorker that the drugs may been planted to discredit …

Rose McGowan

Fake news says Bergdahl wandered off during court

Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, held for about five years by the Taliban after disappearing in Afghanistan, has taken off again -- this time during his own …

Bowe Bergdahl

Keystone Pipeline Leaks 210,000 Gallons of Oil in South Dakota

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — TransCanada Corp.’s Keystone pipeline leaked an estimated 210,000 gallons of oil onto agricultural land in northeastern South …

Environment

Radio Anchor Says Franken Groped, Kissed Her Without Consent

WASHINGTON (AP) — Minnesota Sen. Al Franken apologized Thursday and faced a likely Senate ethics investigation after a Los Angeles radio anchor …

Leeann Tweeden

Fact Check: Trump's bizarre plane story

CNN's Jake Tapper, in partnership with FactCheck.org, on President Trump's claim that former President Obama "never got to land" in the Philippines. More at FactCheck.org

News (U.S.)

Fact check: Walmart throws away piles of unexpired food in viral video, but why?

A viral Facebook video showing shopping carts full of unsold food being disposed at a Walmart in Celina, Ohio has caused uproar online, with many …

World News

A&E waiting times: are they getting longer?

“The number of people waiting more than four hours in A&E has gone up by 557% since 2010.”Jeremy Corbyn, 15 November 2017“On the NHS, can we say, …

Theresa May

FACT CHECK: Did Muslims March in Favor of Sharia Law in England?

CLAIM<p>A video shows Muslims "marching for Sharia law" in England.<p>RATING<p>FALSE<p>ORIGIN<p>A video showing a religious procession racked up millions of views …

Islam

Rosa Parks granddaughter praised Trump

A fake news story says that the granddaughter of civil rights icon Rosa Parks praised President Donald Trump following racial unrest.<p>"Rosa Parks’ …

Black History

FACT CHECK: Does a 'Call of Duty: WWII' Still Show Two Men Hanging From a Tree?

CLAIM<p>An image showing two lynched men originated with the game "Call of Duty: WWII."<p>RATING<p>TRUE<p>ORIGIN<p>In November 2017, an image purportedly showing a …

Anti-Semitism