April 23, 2021

FACT CHECK: Did Bill Gates And Klaus Schwab Make These Statements About How COVID-19 Will Lead To Greater ‘Control’ Over Mankind?  

An image shared on Facebook claims Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates and World Economic Forum executive chairman Klaus Schwab made similar remarks about how the COVID-19 pandemic will lead to greater control over mankind. Facebook/Screenshot Verdict: False There is no record of either man making the statement attributed to them in the post. Fact Check: The…

FACT CHECK: Did Pfizer CEO Albert Bourla Refuse To Take His Company’s COVID-19 Vaccine?

A post shared on Facebook claims Pfizer CEO Albert Bourla refused to take his company’s vaccine. Verdict: False Bourla did not immediately receive the Pfizer vaccine because he did want to cut in front of people who needed it more. He has since been vaccinated with it, according to a company spokesperson. Fact Check: Pfizer…

FACT CHECK: Does This Image Show A March 2021 Protest In The Netherlands?

An image shared on Facebook claims to show a scene from a recent protest in the Netherlands. Verdict: False The image is from a 2013 protest in Bulgaria, not a 2021 event in the Netherlands. Fact Check: A large protest against COVID-19 restrictions took place on March 20 in Amsterdam, Netherlands, and ended with police…

FACT CHECK: Does This Image Show Migrants In A Holding Facility During The Biden Administration?

An image shared on Facebook claims to show migrants in a holding facility in 2021 during President Joe Biden’s tenure. Verdict: False The image showing migrant children in holding facilities dates back to 2014, years before Biden took office. Fact Check: The US-Mexico border is currently experiencing a surge of migrants, including over 16,000 unaccompanied…

FACT CHECK: Is Texas Finishing The Southern Border Wall Through Operation Lone Star?

A viral Facebook post shared over 3,800 times claims Texas will “finish the wall themselves” using Operation Lone Star. Verdict: False Press releases about Operation Lone Star do not mention finishing the border wall. Completing the wall is not part of Operation Lone Star, according to a spokesperson for the Texas Department of Public Safety…

FACT CHECK: Viral Post Claims Only 9% of The American Rescue Plan ‘Goes To The American People’

A viral Facebook post shared over 1,000 times claims only 9 percent of the American Rescue Plan “goes to the American people.” Verdict: False One expert put the percentage of the House’s version of the $1.9 trillion package that goes to Americans at 45 percent, and another said it was about 47 percent. The 9-percent…

FACT CHECK: Did Joe Biden Dismiss China’s Treatment Of Uighurs During A CNN Town Hall?

An image shared on Facebook claims President Joe Biden dismissed China’s treatment of Uighurs, a minority ethnic group living in China’s Xinjiang region, as part of China’s “different norms.” Verdict: False While Biden did mention “different norms” in his answer about the Uighurs, his statement in context did not dismiss China’s actions, the transcript shows.…

FACT CHECK: Did Donald Trump Jr Say Texas Has A Democratic Governor?

Some journalists and political commentators claimed on Twitter that Donald Trump Jr., the son of former President Donald Trump, said Republican Texas Gov. Greg Abbott is a Democrat. Don Jr thinks Texas has a Democratic governor https://t.co/k58lUF1rNj — EricaGrieder (@EricaGrieder) February 19, 2021 Who wants to tell him that the Governor of Texas is a…

FACT CHECK: Is Disney CEO Bob Chapek In Jail For Abusing Children?

An image shared on Facebook claims Disney CEO Bob Chapek is in jail “for abusing 2 little girls.” Verdict: False There is no evidence that Chapek has been arrested, charged or jailed for such a crime. The claim was originally posted on a website that has previously published misinformation. Fact Check: Bob Iger, in February…

Fact Check: President Biden Falsely Claims Trump Did Not Condemn Proud Boys

CLAIM: “I asked him to condemn the Proud Boys. He wouldn’t do it. He said stand by, stand ready or whatever.” VERDICT: MOSTLY FALSE. Trump’s “stand” language followed the prompt of the moderator’s question. He later clarified that he condemned the group. President Joe Biden appeared at a CNN town hall in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, on Tuesday…

FACT CHECK: Does The Presidential Transition Enhancement Act Allow Trump To Keep Control Of The Military For 60 Days After His Term Ended?

An image shared on Facebook claims the Presidential Transition Enhancement Act allows former President Donald Trump to remain in control of the U.S. military for 60 days after the end of his term. Verdict: False The act does not allow Trump to retain control of the military after his term ended. The full transition of…

FACT CHECK: ‘They Will Beg Me For A Loaf Of Bread’ – Did Kamala Harris Make This Statement About Trump Supporters?

An image shared on Facebook claims Vice President Kamala Harris said that supporters of former President Donald Trump will “beg” her for a “loaf of bread” after she “take[s] the reigns (sic).” Facebook/Screenshot Verdict: False There is no record of Harris making the statement. Fact Check: Harris, who was sworn in as vice president on…

FACT CHECK: Did NPR Publish A Headline About The Capitol Riot Before It Occurred?

An image shared on Facebook claims National Public Radio (NPR) published a headline about Trump supporters storming the U.S. Capitol before the incident occurred. Verdict: False While the article was originally published at 9:33 a.m., its headline did not mention rioters storming the Capitol before the incident took place. Archived versions of the article show…

Fact Check: Debra Messing, Democrats Falsely Accuse David Perdue of Flashing ‘White Power’ Sign

CLAIM: Hollywood star Debra Messing alleged in a tweet that incumbent Sen. David Perdue (R-GA) flashed a “white power” hand sign for the camera during an October rally in Georgia. VERDICT: False. The photo shows Sen. Perdue with two teenage Republican interns, each holding up three fingers. They were holding up three fingers because the…

FACT CHECK: Did CNN Publish Images Of The First UK COVID-19 Vaccine Recipient In October?

A post shared on Facebook claims images of the first person in the U.K. to receive the Pfizer/BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine outside a clinical trial were published by CNN in October. Verdict: False Images of the patient’s vaccination weren’t published before Dec. 8, a reverse image search shows. The claim appears to have stemmed from people…

FACT CHECK: Did Time Magazine Name China’s Xi Jinping As Person Of The Year Alongside Joe Biden And Kamala Harris?

An image shared on Facebook claims Time Magazine named Chinese President Xi Jinping as “Person of the Year” alongside President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris. Verdict: False The image has been doctored to include Xi. Time Magazine only named Biden and Harris as the outlet’s 2020 “Person of the Year.” Fact Check: Time…

FACT CHECK: Viral Image Claims To Show Nancy Pelosi Violating COVID-19 Safety Guidelines For Social Gatherings

An image shared on Facebook claims to show House Speaker Nancy Pelosi violating coronavirus safety guidelines by attending a party and not wearing a mask. Verdict: False The image was taken in January 2020, over a week before the U.S. confirmed its first COVID-19 case. Fact Check: Under phase two coronavirus restrictions put in place…

FACT CHECK: Did Trump Tweet That He Is ‘Considering A Full Pardon’ For Bill Cosby?

An image shared on Facebook purportedly shows a tweet from President Donald Trump that states he is “considering a FULL PARDON” for actor Bill Cosby. Verdict: False There is no record of Trump sending or deleting the tweet. It appears to be fabricated. Fact Check: Multiple Facebook users have shared the image of the supposed…

FACT CHECK: Did Kelly Loeffler Wear A Wire During A Recent Debate?

Social media posts claim to show Republican Georgia Sen. Kelly Loeffler wearing a wire during a recent debate with Democratic challenger Raphael Warnock. Kelly Loeffler is wearing a wire!!! pic.twitter.com/zn98HaUCq7 — Mystery Solvent (@MysterySolvent) December 7, 2020 Verdict: False The “wire” appears to be a strand of Loeffler’s hair. The Atlanta Press Club said neither candidate…

FACT CHECK: No, This Video Does Not Show Joe Biden Wearing An Ankle Monitor

A video shared on Facebook purportedly shows President-elect Joe Biden wearing an ankle monitor. Verdict: False The video shows Biden wearing a walking boot, not an ankle monitor, after suffering hairline fractures in his right foot. Fact Check: The caption of the video, which has been shared over 2,900 times, attempts to suggest that Biden…

FACT CHECK: Viral Video Falsely Claims To Show A Technician Manipulating Voting Data In Georgia

A video shared on Facebook allegedly shows a Dominion Voting Systems employee manipulating voting data in Georgia’s Gwinnett County. Screenshot/Facebook Verdict: False State and county officials in Georgia said the video shows a contractor using a USB drive to transfer a report from an Election Management Server to a county computer to read information. Dominion…

FACT CHECK: Was A Man In A Bear Costume Arrested For Tearing Up Black Friday Shoppers’ Tents?

An image shared on Facebook claims to show a man wearing a polar bear costume being arrested for tearing Black Friday shoppers’ tents apart. Verdict: False The image of the costumed man being arrested is actually from a 2014 climate protest in New York City. The claim appears to have originated on a satire website.…

FACT CHECK: Did Facebook Remove The Title ‘President-Elect’ From Joe Biden’s Page?

5:39 PM 11/25/2020Trevor Schakohl | Fact Check Reporter A post shared on Facebook claims Facebook changed President-elect Joe Biden’s page title from “President-elect” to “Politician.” Verdict: False Archived versions of Biden’s page show that Facebook has not changed his title designation. Page administrators choose such designations. Fact Check: The Nov. 22 post portrays the claim…

FACT CHECK: Did Tom Hanks Wear This Political T-Shirt?

An image shared on Facebook purportedly shows actor Tom Hanks wearing a t-shirt that expresses support for Black Lives Matter (BLM), LGBTQ rights and women’s rights, among other movements. Verdict: False The image has been digitally altered. In the original photo, Hanks wears a soccer jersey. Fact Check: The Facebook post that includes the altered image…

FACT CHECK: Did Trump Blame Navajo Nation Vice President Myron Lizer For Contracting COVID-19?

An image shared on Facebook claims President Donald Trump blamed contracting COVID-19 on Navajo Nation Vice President Myron Lizer. Verdict: False There is no evidence that Trump blamed Lizer for exposing him to COVID-19. The claim originates from a satirical article. Fact Check: Trump announced on Twitter early Friday morning that he and the first…

FACT CHECK: Does This Photo Show A ‘Mega Rally’ For Donald Trump In DC?

An image shared on Facebook claims to show a Washington, D.C. rally for President Donald Trump. Verdict: False The image actually shows people gathered for the 2009 inauguration ceremony of former President Barack Obama. Fact Check: The internet has become replete with allegations of voter fraud taking place during the 2020 election. Supporters of Trump…

FACT CHECK: Have Multiple Allegations Against Kavanaugh Been Corroborated?

Senators and other people on Twitter said that multiple allegations of sexual misconduct against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, namely those from Christine Blasey Ford and Deborah Ramirez, have been corroborated. There are now multiple, corroborated allegations against Judge Kavanaugh, made under the penalty of perjury, all of which deserve a thorough investigation. — Chuck […]

Fact Check: Trump is Right About Puerto Rico, Critics Manipulating Hurricane Maria Death ‘Estimates’

Democrats and the media have been pounding President Donald Trump over the past few days, as Hurricane Florence nears the Carolinas, over his alleged insensitivity to deaths in Puerto Rico last year from Hurricane Maria. On Thursday morning, President Trump pushed back on Twitter, alleging that Democrats had inflated the death toll “in order to make […]

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Gets Epic FACT CHECK From The Washington Post.

Self-described “Democratic socialist” Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has been making the rounds on liberal media ever since her surprising win over top Democratic incumbent Joseph Crowley in New York’s 14th congressional district. Her statements have been repeatedly fact checked by right-leaning news outlets, but now the left-leaning Washington Post is following Politifact to debunk many of her […]

FACT CHECK: Did Obama Congratulate Putin On His Election Victory?

After controversially calling Russian President Vladimir Putin to congratulate him on his recent election victory, President Donald Trump tweeted Wednesday that former President Barack Obama had also given Putin a congratulatory call. I called President Putin of Russia to congratulate him on his election victory (in past, Obama called him also). The Fake News Media […]

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