A Project of The Annenberg Public Policy Center

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.

Obama Didn’t Attend G-20 in 2017

Q: Did former President Barack Obama follow President Donald Trump to the G-20 summit in Hamburg, Germany?

A: No. That claim was made on websites that don’t “make any warranties” about the reliability of their information.

Indiana Didn’t Legalize Marijuana

Q: Did Indiana legalize marijuana?

A: No. That fake story comes from a website that invites visitors to “Create A Prank And Trick All Your Friends!”

Phony Pelosi Drug Arrests

Q: Were Rep. Nancy Pelosi’s daughters arrested for smuggling cocaine into the U.S.?

A: No. That story and several spin-offs were intended as satire.

A Fake Paul Ryan Quote

Q: Did House Speaker Paul Ryan say “22 million Americans choose to be poor, so it’s their own problem if they can’t afford to be healthy”?

A: No. That fake quote comes from a satirical news story.

No Obama $1 Bill

Q: Is the Federal Reserve putting former President Barack Obama on the $1 bill?

A: No. That claim comes from a recycled fake news story.

A Fake Sean Spicer Quote

Q: Did White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer say President Donald Trump has the “legal ability and right to cancel and disband” the Supreme Court?

A: No. That’s a made-up quote from a satirical story.