A Project of The Annenberg Public Policy Center

False Caption on Dead Elephant Photo

Q: Was Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke photographed with a dead elephant?

A: No. He was falsely identified in a photo that was widely shared on Facebook.

No Child Euthanasia in Canada

Q: Has Canada passed a law that would allow parents to euthanize disabled children?

A: No. Canada’s physician-assisted death law applies only to adults if they are mentally capable of making such a decision.

Debunking False Vaccine Claim

Q: Has the Food and Drug Administration announced that vaccines cause autism?

A: No. FDA statements are grounded in scientific evidence. There is no evidence that vaccination is linked to autism.

Trump Didn’t Cut Canine Program

Q: Did President Donald Trump shut down a service dog training program for veterans?

A: No. Walter Reed National Military Medical Center ended its contract with the program and told us that the president was not a factor.

Hoboken Christmas Hoax

Q: Is the newly elected mayor of Hoboken, New Jersey, a Muslim and did he cancel “government involvement” in Christmas?

A: No. Ravinder Bhalla is a Sikh, not a Muslim, and he hasn’t instituted such a ban. He won’t even take office until Jan. 1, 2018.

Bench Warrant Story Is Supreme Fiction

Q: Has the U.S. Supreme Court issued a warrant for the arrest of one of Barack Obama’s treasury secretaries?

A: No. The person named in a fictional story doesn’t even exist.

Texas Shooting Unrelated to Antifa

Q: Was the man who killed more than two dozen people in a rural Texas church trying to start a civil war as a member of antifa?

A: No. Law enforcement officials believe the mass shooting was motivated by a family dispute, and they are not investigating it as an act of terrorism.

No Muslim Child Marriage in Montana

Q: Did a judge in Montana rule that a “Muslim man can marry 9-year-old girl”?

A: No. The couple in the “wedding” photo are actually actors who were part of an advocacy group’s campaign to fight child marriage in Lebanon.

Blackout or Ham Radio Drill?

Q: Is the Department of Defense planning a drill that will cause a nationwide blackout? Is antifa involved?

A: No and no. The Army is conducting a drill with ham radio operators, and it has nothing to do with antifa.

Grounding the Latest Clinton Rumor

Q: Did Hillary Clinton leave “the country as Mueller Indictment is announced”?

A: No. She was in the U.S. all weekend.