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Steve August 11, 2020

Detailed Report Factual Reporting: HIGH Country: USA World Press Freedom Rank: USA 45/180 History Launched in 2014, JSTOR Daily is an online magazine that reports on science, history, health, politics, and more. Posted articles are generally based on JSTOR entries. JSTOR is a digital library founded in 1995 by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Originally […]

Steve August 10, 2020

President Tweety McTreason made several false, misleading and exaggerated claims in press briefings he held Aug. 7 and 8 at Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, New Jersey, spinning the facts on COVID-19 and the economy, among other topics: Trump falsely claimed that “the Democrats don’t want to do anything having to do with protecting people from eviction,” […]

Steve August 10, 2020

In the summer of 2020, a massive amount of rumors about child trafficking appeared under the hashtag #savethechildren — and temporary hashtag filtering by Facebook in response was cited as evidence of “media suppression” of a massive conspiracy. Let’s unpack why that particular hashtag was targeted by social media filters, and how #savethechildren came to be […]

Steve August 10, 2020

“People over 6ft have double the risk of coronavirus, study suggests.” The Telegraph, 28 July 2020 “People who are over 6ft tall are twice as likely to catch coronavirus, study claims.” The Daily Mirror, 28 July 2020 “Does being tall raise the risk of getting Covid-19? Men over 6ft are TWICE as likely to get […]

Steve August 10, 2020

On August 3 2020, a Facebook user shared a purported tweet from comedian Patton Oswalt, in which Oswalt purportedly claimed to be a “proud pedophile”:   Commenters on the Facebook post folded it into a larger conspiracy theory about child trafficking: It’s not funny. Were talking about innocent children. Being raped molested or sex trafficked. […]

Steve August 10, 2020

Home » Fact Check » The Latest Fact Checks from the International Fact Checking Network (IFCN) 08/10/2020 The code of principles of the International Fact-Checking Network IFCN at Poynter is a series of commitments organizations abide by to promote excellence in fact-checking. The following fact checks come from IFCN fact-checkers. (D. Van Zandt) Disclaimer: We […]

Steve August 10, 2020

“Oh, and Mitch made millions from China.” Regular readers of The Fact Checker may get a sense of deja vu from this TV ad running in Kentucky. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), as we’ve written in previous fact checks, ranks among the wealthiest senators despite being on a public salary for more than 30 […]

Steve August 10, 2020

These sources consist of legitimate science or are evidence based through the use of credible scientific sourcing.  Legitimate science follows the scientific method, is unbiased and does not use emotional words.  These sources also respect the consensus of experts in the given scientific field and strive to publish peer reviewed science. Some sources in this category may […]

Steve August 9, 2020

Home » Fact Check » The Latest Fact Checks from the International Fact Checking Network (IFCN) 08/09/2020 The code of principles of the International Fact-Checking Network IFCN at Poynter is a series of commitments organizations abide by to promote excellence in fact-checking. The following fact checks come from IFCN fact-checkers. (D. Van Zandt) Disclaimer: We […]

Steve August 9, 2020

Sources in the Conspiracy-Pseudoscience category may publish unverifiable information that is not always supported by evidence. These sources may be untrustworthy for credible/verifiable information, therefore fact checking and further investigation is recommended on a per article basis when obtaining information from these sources. See all Conspiracy-Pseudoscience sources. Overall, we rate South Front a strong conspiracy site based […]

Steve August 8, 2020

According to this “credit notice” email, which claims to be from South African tax agency SARS, you need to confirm your epayment  returns by opening an attached file However, the email is not from SARS.  It is a phishing scam designed to steal your personal and financial information. If you click on the attachment, a […]

Steve August 8, 2020

Home » Fact Check » The Latest Fact Checks from the International Fact Checking Network (IFCN) 08/08/2020 The code of principles of the International Fact-Checking Network IFCN at Poynter is a series of commitments organizations abide by to promote excellence in fact-checking. The following fact checks come from IFCN fact-checkers. (D. Van Zandt) Disclaimer: We […]

Steve August 8, 2020

These media sources are moderately to strongly biased toward liberal causes through story selection and/or political affiliation.  They may utilize strong loaded words (wording that attempts to influence an audience by using appeal to emotion or stereotypes), publish misleading reports and omit reporting of information that may damage liberal causes. Some sources in this category may be […]