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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…

Republican Convention Night 2

August 26, 2020 /

Summary On the second night of the Republican National Convention, we found: White House economic adviser Larry Kudlow falsely claimed that Trump inherited a “stagnant”…

Video: Discussing FactChecking the Democratic Convention

August 25, 2020 /

FactCheck.org Deputy Managing Editor Robert Farley spoke with WBAL-TV in Baltimore and several other Hearst TV stations around the country about fact-checking the Democratic convention.…

Posts Distort Impact of Biden’s Tax Plan on Middle-Income Earners

August 25, 2020 /

Quick Take Facebook posts falsely claim that under Joe Biden, the “tax rate on a family making 75000 dollars would go from 12% to 25%.”…

False Claims on Corporate Donations to Black Lives Matter

August 25, 2020 /

Quick Take Posts on social media repeat an error reported by Lou Dobbs on Fox Business in July, claiming that major corporations were donating large…

Republican Convention Opening Night

August 25, 2020 /

Summary Speakers in the first night of the 2020 Republican National Convention engaged in political spin, particularly in making claims about Democratic presidential nominee Joe…

Trump Touts Misleading and Flawed Excess Mortality Statistic

August 24, 2020 /

On six separate occasions, President Donald Trump has claimed that Europe’s excess mortality during the COVID-19 pandemic is 33% to 40% higher than America’s. But…

Trump’s Talking Points

August 24, 2020 /

As the Republican National Convention begins today, we present here a rundown of President Donald Trump’s repeated false and misleading claims during the 2020 campaign.…

New ‘Plandemic’ Video Peddles Misinformation, Conspiracies

August 21, 2020 /

The second part of “Plandemic” — a documentary-style video that presents a sweeping conspiracy theory about the origins of the COVID-19 pandemic, patents and vaccines…