A Project of The Annenberg Public Policy Center

SCOTUS Didn’t Ban Teaching About Islam

Q: Did the Supreme Court rule that public schools cannot teach students about Islam?

A: No. That false claim was spread by a network of fake news websites.

A Fake Tom Price Quote

Q: Did Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price say “it’s better for our budget if cancer patients die more quickly”?

A: No. That’s another made-up quote from a “news/satire” website.

No Stimulus Check

Q: Is President Trump giving $612 to all working Americans and their families?
A: No. That claim originated from a satirical website.

Bogus Visa Waiver Stories

Q: Did President Trump sign an executive order allowing foreign nationals from various countries to enter the U.S. without a visa?

A: No. That bogus claim was made in a series of articles published by fake news websites.

Phony Prayer Rug Story

Q: Did the Obama White House hold Islamic prayer five times a day, and provide prayer rugs for Muslim employees and visitors?

A: No. This is a hoax perpetuated by a satirical news website.

Justice Ginsburg Not Resigning

Q: Is Ruth Bader Ginsburg resigning from the Supreme Court?

A: No. That claim was made in a fake news article based on a satirical story that said Ginsburg would resign if Donald Trump was elected president.

Plane Crew Didn’t Rebuff Obama

Q: Did the crew of Air Force One refuse to fly President Obama to play golf?

A: No. It’s a fake news story specifically targeting “conservative readers.”

A Fake Mike Pence Quote

Q: Did Mike Pence call Michelle Obama “the most vulgar first lady we’ve ever had”?

A: No. That is a made-up quote and story from a self-described “news/satire” website.

No ‘First Grandma’ Pension

Q: Will Marian Robinson, Barack Obama’s mother-in-law, receive a $160,000 government pension for babysitting her granddaughters during Obama’s time as president?
A: No. That false rumor originated from a fake news website.