A Project of The Annenberg Public Policy Center

San Juan Mayor Wasn’t Impeached

Q: Has Carmen Yulín Cruz, the mayor of San Juan, Puerto Rico, been impeached?

A: No. That claim was made by a self-described “satirical publication.”

Seahawks Players Didn’t Burn Flag

Q: Did players for the Seattle Seahawks burn the American flag?

A: No. A widely circulated picture was altered to make it look that way.

Trump Didn’t Change NFL Tax Status

Q: Did President Donald Trump revoke the National Football League’s status as a nonprofit organization?

A: No. The NFL’s league office voluntarily gave up that status in 2015.

Puerto Rican Teamsters Stories are Bogus

Q: Did a Teamsters strike hinder aid efforts in Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria?

A: No. Stories claiming so misrepresented an actual quote from an Air Force colonel.

Fake Letterman Story on Vegas Shooting

Q: Did comedian David Letterman respond to the mass shooting in Las Vegas by tweeting, “End white privilege today”?

A: No. A website that claims to be a safe haven from “fake news” posted that bogus information based on a tweet from a parody Twitter account.

Tackling Fake Football Stories

Q: Did the NFL fine players who protested during the national anthem? Was a player fired for it? Are some players asking the league to host a month of anti-police activism? Will Fox Sports stop airing NFL games?

A: No. Three of those stories were made-up, and one is a gross misrepresentation.

No Nationwide Sharia Ban

Q: Has a judge banned Sharia law across the United States?

A: No. The judge pictured with a bogus headline proclaiming a nationwide ban was the host of a daytime court TV show.

Natural Born Bunk

Q: Have Rep. Nancy Pelosi and Keith Olbermann introduced a bill that would do away with the requirement that the U.S. president be a natural born citizen?

A: No. Pelosi’s office confirmed that she has not, and Olbermann is not even a member of Congress.

False Headline on HIV Blood Donation

Q: Will California allow HIV-positive people to donate blood?

A: No. The Legislature has passed a bill that would reduce the penalties for those, including blood donors, who knowingly expose others to the HIV virus.

A False Headline About Free Tuition

Q: Is Western Kentucky University offering free tuition to black students because of slavery?

A: No. The school does not plan to adopt a resolution passed by the Student Government Association demanding “full and free access” for black students.