A Project of The Annenberg Public Policy Center

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.

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.

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.