A Project of The Annenberg Public Policy Center

Earth Won’t Go Dark for Days

Q: Did NASA confirm that there will be 15 days of darkness on Earth in November?

A: No. Variations of that false claim have been circulating since at least 2015.

Invented Malia Obama Stories

Q: Was Malia Obama fired from an internship for smoking marijuana? Was she arrested for buying marijuana in Chicago?

A: No. Those spoof stories were made up to troll conservative readers.

Trump Didn’t Pass Out

Q: Did President Donald Trump collapse while giving a speech in New Jersey?

A: No. That story was published by a self-described satirical website.

Overstated Funding for Overseas Mosques

Q: Did the Obama administration spend $770 million restoring overseas mosques?

A: That claim is based on a misleading television news report about a 20-year funding project that ended well before Barack Obama became president.

Trump Didn’t Ignore Disabled Child

Q: Did President Donald Trump ignore a disabled child who tried to shake his hand?

A: No. A viral video clip omitted Trump’s earlier interaction with the boy.

25 Million Clinton Votes Weren’t Fake

Q: Did NPR report that a study found “over 25 million Hillary Clinton votes were completely fraudulent,” and that she “actually lost the popular vote”?

A: No. That claim was made in a story that conflates a 2012 article about inaccuracies in voter registration rolls with actual fraudulent votes.

Celebrity Quote Mismatch

Q: Did Kim Kardashian, Kanye West and Rihanna say they feel “unsafe” under President Donald Trump, and “can’t even look at an American flag anymore”?

A: No. Those are altered versions of statements made by singer Lana Del Ray.

No Legalization of Sharia Law

Q: Did a Muslim federal judge rule two parts of sharia law legal?

A: No. That only happened in a fake story on a satirical website.

Trey Gowdy Didn’t End Russia Probe

Q: Did Rep. Trey Gowdy end the Russia investigation?

A: No. That claim was made in a headline that wasn’t supported by its story.

No Arrests for Impeachment Attempt

Q: Were two U.S. senators charged with trying to impeach President Donald Trump under false pretenses?

A: No. That story originated on a prolific satire website.