A Project of The Annenberg Public Policy Center

No Release of ‘Private’ Trump Tapes

Q: Have former White House staffers released a “private tape recording” of President Donald Trump?

A: No. That claim comes from a false headline on an old story.

Michelle Wolf Not Booted From Hulu

Q: Did Hulu cancel a Michelle Wolf comedy special because of the White House Correspondents’ Association dinner?

A: No. That claim originated on a self-described satire website. There’s no evidence Wolf was scheduled to do a special for Hulu.

False Headline in Philly Starbucks Settlement

Q: Did the two black men arrested in a Philadelphia Starbucks “settle for $2 million” from the city?

A: No. The city agreed to pay the men $1 each and establish a $200,000 grant program for young entrepreneurs. The men also received an undisclosed amount from Starbucks.

Michelle Wolf Not Fired From Comedy Central

Q: Did Comedy Central fire Michelle Wolf because of jokes she made at the White House Correspondents’ dinner?

A: No. That claim was made up by a self-described satirical website. She left “The Daily Show” on Comedy Central in December.

False Story Ties Sex Cult to Clintons

Q: Did actress Allison Mack confess to selling children to the Clintons and Rothschilds?

A: No. Mack has pleaded not guilty to sex trafficking charges. She has not “confessed” to selling children to anyone. 

Obama’s Private ‘Military’ Doesn’t Exist

Q: Did former President Barack Obama create a “security company” that’s a secret “military” organization?

A: There are no records of Obama starting a “security company” in the city and states cited by a viral claim.

Headline Misrepresents Executive Order

Q: Did President Donald Trump sign an executive order to “eliminate mass amounts of Democrat voters”?

A: No. Trump signed an executive order to change work requirements for welfare recipients.

False Headline on a Hot Topic

Q: Did Democrats in Maine legalize female genital mutilation?

A: No. That practice is illegal across the U.S.

Clearing Up A Misleading Headline

Q: Has Rod Rosenstein “cleared” President Donald Trump?

A: No. The investigation of Trump’s lawyer, Michael Cohen, and another into Russian meddling in the 2016 election are both ongoing.

Jennifer Aniston Not a Trump Supporter

Q: Is actress Jennifer Aniston starting “a company named ‘Celebrities for Trump’”?

A: No. Aniston supported Hillary Clinton for president in 2016.