A Project of The Annenberg Public Policy Center

Philip Morris Not Selling Marijuana Cigarettes

Q: Are Philip Morris “Marlboro M” brand marijuana cigarettes now for sale in four U.S. states?

A: No. That claim comes from a 2014 satirical story. It has recently resurfaced without the satire label.

No Black Lives Matter Embezzlement Scandal

Q: Was a Black Lives Matter activist sued after stealing millions of dollars in donations?

A: No. That scandal was made up by a website that calls itself satirical.

Pluto Not Reclassified as a Planet

Q: Has the International Astronomical Union reclassified Pluto as a “major planet”? 

A: No. That claim was originally published years ago as an April Fool’s joke.

Parton Me? Dolly Didn’t Praise Trump

Q: Did Dolly Parton say, “Trump in one year is already better than 16 years of Bush, Obama put together?”

A: No. A public relations consultant said that on a Breitbart radio show.

Teaching About Islam Hasn’t Been Banned

Q: Did the U.S. Supreme Court bar public schools from teaching about Islam?

A: No. That rumor originates from a website that describes itself as satirical.

No Evidence of Demi Moore Quote

Q: Did Demi Moore say, “I do not want Trump supporters for fans”?

A: No. Questionable websites have published the quote with no evidence to support it.

Soros Didn’t Pay for Shutdown Votes

Q: Did George Soros pay three Democratic U.S. senators to vote for a government shutdown?

A: No. The “senators” named in a fictional story are not real.