Fact Watch

Political leaders and government officials like to make dramatic statements. Are they telling the truth?

Latest Updates


factcheck.org

Fabricated Fourth of July Tweet Was Not from Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene

Fabricated Fourth of July Tweet Was Not from Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene

Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene was among the many politicians who posted Fourth of July messages on social media. But a bogus, nonsensical July Fourth tweet purportedly from the congresswoman has been spread by partisan accounts. The post was meant as a spoof.

The post Fabricated Fourth of July Tweet Was Not from Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene appeared first on FactCheck.org.

Read More


Herbal Recipes for Abortion Are Unproven and Can Be Dangerous, Contrary to Social Media Posts

Herbal Recipes for Abortion Are Unproven and Can Be Dangerous, Contrary to Social Media Posts

Taking unregulated herbal cocktails to cause an abortion can be dangerous, obstetricians say. But recipes -- some containing potentially toxic ingredients -- for self-induced "miscarriages" have been circulating online since the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade.

The post Herbal Recipes for Abortion Are Unproven and Can Be Dangerous, Contrary to Social Media Posts appeared first on FactCheck.org.

Read More


Gasoline Prices Up Due to Global Supply-Demand Issues, Russian Invasion of Ukraine

Gasoline Prices Up Due to Global Supply-Demand Issues, Russian Invasion of Ukraine

U.S. presidents have little control over the price that consumers pay for gasoline. It depends mostly on the price of crude oil, which is set on the global market, based largely on worldwide supply and demand. Yet Republican campaign ads have falsely claimed or suggested that President Joe Biden and Democrats are solely to blame for the prices that motorists are paying at the pump.

The post Gasoline Prices Up Due to Global Supply-Demand Issues, Russian Invasion of Ukraine appeared first on FactCheck.org.

Read More


COVID-19 Vaccines Don’t Contain Fetal Tissue

COVID-19 Vaccines Don’t Contain Fetal Tissue

Despite persistent claims to the contrary, none of the three authorized or approved COVID-19 vaccines contains fetal tissue. We take a look at the facts in light of Justice Clarence Thomas' dissent.

The post COVID-19 Vaccines Don’t Contain Fetal Tissue appeared first on FactCheck.org.

Read More


Planned Parenthood Centers Remain Open Following the Ruling on Roe v. Wade

Planned Parenthood Centers Remain Open Following the Ruling on Roe v. Wade

Planned Parenthood has not closed any of its health centers after the Supreme Court ruling overturning Roe v. Wade, the organization told us. But social media posts falsely claim that Planned Parenthood clinics have been closing "all over the country" since the ruling. Some clinics have ceased performing abortions but are still providing health services.

The post Planned Parenthood Centers Remain Open Following the Ruling on Roe v. Wade appeared first on FactCheck.org.

Read More


Stimulus Spending a Factor, But Far From Whole Story on Inflation

Stimulus Spending a Factor, But Far From Whole Story on Inflation

Economists cite several reasons for high inflation in the United States, starting with the unprecedented circumstances created by the COVID-19 pandemic. But TV ads in midterm races across the country blame one culprit: stimulus spending by President Joe Biden's administration.

The post Stimulus Spending a Factor, But Far From Whole Story on Inflation appeared first on FactCheck.org.

Read More


Satirical Amendment Cited in False Claims About Kentucky Abortion Law

Satirical Amendment Cited in False Claims About Kentucky Abortion Law

The Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade on June 24, allowing laws banning abortion in several states, including Kentucky, to take effect. But social media posts falsely claim Kentucky is considering a law requiring all women of childbearing age to undergo monthly pregnancy testing. The claim stemmed from a lawmaker's satirical amendment.

The post Satirical Amendment Cited in False Claims About Kentucky Abortion Law appeared first on FactCheck.org.

Read More


Stacey Abrams on Violent Crime, Defunding the Police

Stacey Abrams on Violent Crime, Defunding the Police

Stacey Abrams, who faces Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp in a rematch this fall, correctly accused Kemp's TV ad makers of "conveniently" editing her comments about defunding the police, but she falsely claimed that the state's violent crimes went up 55% in 2020. The actual increase was 5%.

The post Stacey Abrams on Violent Crime, Defunding the Police appeared first on FactCheck.org.

Read More


Post Misleadingly Equates 2016 Democratic Effort to Trump’s 2020 ‘Alternate Electors’

Post Misleadingly Equates 2016 Democratic Effort to Trump’s 2020 ‘Alternate Electors’

After the 2016 presidential election, some progressive Democrats tried to convince electors for Donald Trump to switch their Electoral College votes to Hillary Clinton. But a conservative commentator misleadingly claimed in a social media post that the Democrats were "calling for alternate electors" -- as Trump did after losing the 2020 election.

The post Post Misleadingly Equates 2016 Democratic Effort to Trump’s 2020 ‘Alternate Electors’ appeared first on FactCheck.org.

Read More


Website Peddles Old, Debunked Falsehood About COVID-19 mRNA Vaccines

Website Peddles Old, Debunked Falsehood About COVID-19 mRNA Vaccines

An executive at the German pharmaceutical company Bayer referred to mRNA vaccines used against COVID-19 as an example of innovation in biotech at the World Health Summit 2021. But a website post takes the executive's words out of context to falsely claim he said the vaccines are gene therapy.

The post Website Peddles Old, Debunked Falsehood About COVID-19 mRNA Vaccines appeared first on FactCheck.org.

Read More


The Washington Post


Snopes

Did Ohio’s Abortion Ban Force a 10-Year-Old Rape Victim to Travel to Indiana?

The story went viral after the U.S. Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade.

Read More


Did a Texas Homeowner Shoot 5 Armed Robbers with an AK-47?

A social media meme claimed three of the men died from gunshot wounds during the home invasion robbery, and that two others were injured.

Read More


Is This a Video of 7,000 Fireworks Going Off in San Diego in 2012?

The Fourth of July festivities became the internet’s punchline.

Read More


Biden Awards Medal of Honor to 4 for Vietnam Heroism

President Joe Biden bestowed the nation's highest military honor to four Army soldiers for heroism that he said rose above and beyond the call of duty during the Vietnam War.

Read More


76 Million-Year-Old Dinosaur Skeleton to Be Auctioned in NYC

The fossilized skeleton of a T. rex relative that roamed the earth about 76 million years ago will be auctioned in New York this month.

Read More


California Forest Fire Temporarily Strands July 4th Revelers

A Fourth of July wildfire that authorities say may have been sparked by fireworks or a barbecue temporarily trapped holiday revelers as it chewed through a mountainous California region.

Read More


World War II-Era Boat Emerges from Shrinking Lake Mead

A sunken boat dating back to World War II is the latest object to emerge from a shrinking reservoir that straddles Nevada and Arizona.

Read More


Does This Waterpark Slide Launch People Into the Air?

Fore!

Read More


Body Parts, Gear Found on Italian Glacier After Avalanche

Rescuers found body parts and equipment as they searched for hikers missing following a powerful avalanche that killed at least seven people.

Read More


NATO Nations Sign Accession Protocols for Sweden, Finland

The 30 NATO allies signed off on the accession protocols for Sweden and Finland, sending the membership bids of the two nations to the alliance capitals for legislative approvals.

Read More