Fact Check

Steve July 14, 2020

This fact check has been updated The Trump campaign has a problem. Former vice president Joe Biden, the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee, has firmly rejected calls from left-wing activists to “defund police.” But clearly the Trump campaign wants to tag him with the somewhat confusing slogan. So it produced an ad that slickly tries to […]

Steve July 14, 2020

Home » Fact Check » The Latest Fact Checks from the International Fact Checking Network (IFCN) 07/14/2020 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) Claim via […]

Steve July 14, 2020

These media sources are moderately to strongly biased toward conservative 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 conservative causes. Some sources in this category may be […]

Steve July 13, 2020

A right-wing radio host and Fox News personality attempted to gin up more conspiracy theories about former United States President Barack Obama by misrepresenting what he claimed was a prescription given to Obama. Mark Levin posted a photograph on Twitter on July 11 2020, showing a prescription for the anti-malarial drug Malarone (proguanil and atovaquone), calling […]

Steve July 13, 2020

In July 10 2020, a Facebook post appeared about the #FreeBritney movement (evidently aimed at liberating Britney Spears), becoming hugely popular within just a few days:   The Text of the Post The post — which was lengthy and full of details — began with an interpretation of Spears’ purported signals for help: PSA on Britney […]

Steve July 13, 2020

In commuting Roger Stone’s prison sentence, President Tweety McTreason and the White House gave a misleading account of Stone’s conviction and the federal investigation into Russia’s interference in the 2016 election. In November, a jury found Stone guilty of obstructing a congressional investigation, five counts of making false statements to Congress and tampering with a […]

Steve July 13, 2020

The Dunning–Kruger effect is when people over-estimate their competence in something due to a lack of experience in that thing.[7][8][9][10][11] The Dunning–Kruger effect was first described by social psychologists David Dunning and Justin Kruger. The roots of the theory come from a 1999 study “Unskilled and Unaware of It: How Difficulties in Recognizing One’s Own […]

Steve July 13, 2020

Why People Call Left-Wingers “Commies” A favorite political term used by the political right to insult the left is “commie,” “communist,” or “socialist.”  We look at why right-wingers call left-wingers “commies” and other such terms.[23][24] On Socialism vs. Communism vs. left-wing and Insults: Communism is a very specific form of socialism, some forms of socialism are […]

Steve July 13, 2020

On July 11 2020, the following tweet claimed that the United States Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos — in the course of arguing in favor of reopening schools during the COVID-19 pandemic — asserted that “only 0.02 percent” of American schoolchildren would die, a percentage that represented the deaths of approximately 14,740 children: So, Betsy […]

Steve July 13, 2020

It took Tweety McTreason 827 days to top 10,000 false and misleading claims in The Fact Checker’s database, an average of 12 claims a day. But on July 9, just 440 days later, the president crossed the 20,000 mark — an average of 23 claims a day over a 14-month period, which included the events […]

Steve July 13, 2020

Home » Fact Check » The Latest Fact Checks from the International Fact Checking Network (IFCN) 07/13/2020 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) Claim by […]

Steve July 13, 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 From the Trenches World Report a far-right tin foil hat conspiracy website. We […]

Steve July 12, 2020

Tucker Carlson’s top writer has resigned from Fox News after secretly posting racist and sexist remarks online. Writer Blake Neff used a pseudonym to write bigoted comments about Black and Asian people, as well as women, on the online forum AutoAdmit. Neff began working on “Tucker Carlson Tonight” in 2016 and was known as Carlson’s […]