A Project of The Annenberg Public Policy Center

Black Lives Matter Blocked Hurricane Relief?

Q: Did Black Lives Matter protesters block emergency crews from reaching Hurricane Harvey victims?

A: No. That false claim was made in a satirical story featuring a 2016 photo of a protest in Atlanta, Georgia.

Trump Didn’t Fire 14 Muslim Judges

Q: Did President Donald Trump fire 14 Muslim federal judges?

A: No. The satirical website that originally published the story describes itself as “your beacon of something you can kinda rely on sometimes but not really.”

No Supreme Court Border Wall Ruling

Q: Did the Supreme Court rule that President Donald Trump can build a border wall without the approval of Congress?

A: No. That story comes from a website that “makes no guarantee that anything you find here will be based at all in reality.”

Fake Confederate Flag Story

Q: Did President Donald Trump defend a Confederate flag he hung in the White House?

A: No. That was written by a website that “provides a satirical view of current events.”

Charlottesville Driver Mix-up

Q: Did the man who drove his car into a crowd of counterprotesters in Charlottesville, Virginia, meet with former President Obama in the White House?

A: No. A satirical website confuses the driver with the organizer of the rally, who is rumored to have been a past Obama supporter.

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.

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.