A Project of The Annenberg Public Policy Center

Antifa Crackdown a Proposal, Not Law

Q: Is joining antifa now illegal and “punishable by 15 years in prison”?

A: No. A headline on a website known for distorting news incorrectly describes a House bill. It has not become law and it would not make joining antifa illegal.

Home Explosion Spawns Clinton Conspiracy Theory

Q: Were the victims of a New Jersey home explosion tied to an investigation into the Clinton Foundation?

A: No. A viral conspiracy theory is spreading that claim without any evidence. Investigators told us they “found no evidence of foul play” and that the deaths were ruled “accidental.”

Sen. Harris Didn’t ‘Lie’ About Integration

Q: Was Sen. Kamala Harris “lying” when she tweeted about integration in the Berkeley public schools?

A: No. The school district fully integrated in 1968, and Harris began attending school in 1969.

Facebook Didn’t Hire George Soros

Q: Did Facebook hire George Soros “to remove ‘unwanted’ Conservative content from the platform to better regulate elections”?

A: No. A false story mischaracterizes Soros’ ties to the Atlantic Council, which has partnered with Facebook on an elections integrity project.

Trumped Up Headlines Distort Old Story

Q: Did The New York Times say in 1984 that Donald Trump would be “our best president”?

A: No. That year The New York Times published a magazine story featuring Trump’s early success as a businessman, not his political potential.

Partisan Websites Spin Mexican Campaign Rhetoric

Q: Did the front-runner in the presidential race in Mexico call for an “invasion” of migrants to the U.S.?

A: No. Andrés Manuel López Obrador pledged to “defend migrants … who of necessity have to leave their villages.”

Clare Bronfman, Part of NXIVM, Not a Clinton Aide

Q: Was Clare Bronfman an aide to Hillary Clinton — and was she indicted for child sex trafficking?

A: No. A false story is based on speculation that Bronfman could be indicted in relation to an alleged sex cult. But she never worked for Clinton.

Fake Sandra Bullock Quote About Trump

Q: Did Sandra Bullock say, “Donald Trump is doing everything to improve our nation”?

A: No. There is no record of the actress ever making that comment, and her publicist says Bullock never said that.

Sanders Didn’t Call Christianity Insulting

Q: Did Sen. Bernie Sanders say that Christianity is an insult to Muslims?

A: He didn’t say that. He criticized a statement made by a presidential nominee as Islamophobic.

Rhode Island Tax Returns Bill Didn’t Pass

Q: Did Rhode Island pass a bill “to keep Trump off the 2020 ballot”?

A: No. Only one chamber passed a bill to require presidential candidates to disclose their federal tax returns.