A Project of The Annenberg Public Policy Center

Clinton’s Emails, Weiner’s Laptop and a Falsehood

Q: Did the FBI wait until after the 2016 election to review the Hillary Clinton emails found on Anthony Weiner’s laptop?

A: No. A viral story misinterprets an FBI document and ignores widely reported facts.

Pelosi Told Democrats to Win, Not Lie

Q: Did Rep. Nancy Pelosi tell Democrats to lie to get elected?

A: No. She said Democratic candidates who oppose her becoming House speaker again should “do whatever you have to do,” as long as they win. 

Cops Kneeling: Still False, A Year Later

Q: Did police officers “take a knee” and then “walk out on” the Washington Redskins?

A: No. That made-up story was first posted by a self-described satirical website last year.

Bogus Claim of Voter Fraud in Ohio

Q: Were there “major signs of voter fraud” in Ohio’s congressional special election?

A: No. The Ohio Secretary of State’s office says there have been no reports of voter fraud.

Stories Conflate Immigration Issues

Q: Did the Obama administration separate “72,410 Children From Their Families in 2013”?

A: That’s the number of immigrants removed that year who had U.S.-born children. But viral stories wrongly conflate removals with President Trump’s zero tolerance policy.

Jennifer Garner Supported Hillary Clinton

Q: Did actress Jennifer Garner say, “I’m joining Trump train”?

A: There is no evidence of that. Garner supported Hillary Clinton for president in 2016.

Noncitizens Get Narrow Access to Polls in San Francisco

Q: Has San Francisco given noncitizens “the right to vote in elections”?

A: Yes, but only in San Francisco school board elections and only for parents, guardians or legal caregivers of children in the city’s schools.

False Headline Revives Voter Fraud Claim

Q:  Did Fox News reveal that President Obama rigged the 2016 election with “4 million illegal votes”?

A: No. That falsehood is based on a pre-election interview with an election lawyer who discussed the possibility of votes being cast on behalf of dead people.