A Project of The Annenberg Public Policy Center

No Shutdown Shakedown

Q: Did Sen. Chuck Schumer take $500,000 in donations from immigrant advocacy groups before the government shutdown?

A: No. That rumor originated on a satirical website. 

Fake Denzel Washington Story

Q: Did Denzel Washington call Barack Obama the “criminal-in-chief”?

A: No. The actor has been a steady supporter of Obama and of other Democrats.  

No Democratic Prostitute Ring in N.J.

Q: Were three Democratic state senators arrested in New Jersey for running a prostitution ring?

A: No. The senators named in the story don’t even exist.

Bogus Claim on Mosque Raid

Q: Were 11 would-be terrorists arrested in a late-night raid at a mosque?

A: No. The FBI confirmed that there has been no such raid.

Freeman Didn’t Say ‘Lock Her Up’

Q: Did actor Morgan Freeman say that Hillary Clinton should be jailed?

A: No. He has donated to Democrats and endorsed Clinton for president in 2016.

Bogus Black Lives Matter Stories Won’t Die

Q: Were a dozen or more women found dead in a freezer with “Black Lives Matter” carved in them?

A: No. Versions of that false story have been circulating online for almost two years.

No Cash, No Corpses for Made-up Mayor

Q: Did a Democratic mayor in Missouri have a storage locker holding cash and dead bodies?

A: No. The story is entirely made-up — the town it names doesn’t even exist.

Muslims Aren’t Banned From Government

Q: Did the U.S. Supreme Court uphold a law banning Muslims from serving in government?

A: No. There is no such law. Two Muslims currently serve in the U.S. Congress.

Train Crash Claims Are Off The Rails

Q: Was a Muslim man arrested for causing a passenger train to crash in Washington state?

A: No. Officials are still investigating the cause of the crash and have made no arrests.

More Claims of Alabama Voter Fraud

Q: Were illegal voters bused in to Alabama to swing the election to Doug Jones? Were thousands of fraudulent votes recorded for him?

A: Those claims were made by self-described “satirical” websites. The Alabama Secretary of State says there’s no evidence that fraudulent voting affected the outcome.