Viewing Month: August 2020

Trump Retweets Dated, Racially Charged Post

August 31, 2020 /

President Donald Trump retweeted a video, which had been posted under the misleading heading “Black Lives Matter/Antifa,” of a Black man shoving a white woman…

Unproven Nepotism Allegation in Montana Senate Race

August 31, 2020 /

Republican ads aimed at Facebook users in Montana make the unsubstantiated claim that Gov. Steve Bullock “steered 14.3 million Montana dollars to his brother’s company.”…

Video: FactChecking Trump’s Big Speech

August 28, 2020 /

In this video, we review five false, misleading or exaggerated claims from President Donald Trump’s acceptance speech on Aug. 27 at the Republican National Convention.…

Posts Distort Facts on Jacob Blake Charges

August 28, 2020 /

Quick Take Posts on social media falsely claim that the man shot by police in Kenosha, Wisconsin, “wouldn’t have been shot if he was still…

Social Media Posts Use Graphic, Unrelated Photos to Smear BLM Protesters

August 28, 2020 /

Quick Take Posts circulating on social media this summer falsely claimed that Black Lives Matter activists were responsible for the beating of five elderly white…

Final Night of the Republican Convention

August 28, 2020 /

Summary At the close of the Republican National Convention, the president distorted the facts on the economy, COVID-19, health care, the military, immigration, policing and…

Republican Convention Night 3

August 27, 2020 /

Summary Vice President Mike Pence and others twisted facts on the economy, some of Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden’s positions and more: Pence claimed that…

Trump, Hahn Mischaracterize Data on COVID-19 Convalescent Plasma

August 26, 2020 /

In a hyped press briefing the eve of the Republican National Convention, President Donald Trump falsely said that convalescent plasma had been “proven to reduce…

Meme Recycles Conspiracy Theory on California Wildfires

August 26, 2020 /

Quick Take A baseless conspiracy theory on Facebook suggests that the California wildfires were started by a “powerful laser.” The meme spreading the theory uses…

Misleading Claim Swirls Over Pledge of Allegiance at DNC

August 26, 2020 /

Quick Take The prime-time programming for the Democratic National Convention every night on TV included a recital of the Pledge of Allegiance, including the phrase…