Category: Fact Checker

SciCheck on the Air

This year, SciCheck writer Vanessa Schipani has appeared on NBC10 in Philadelphia several times to discuss some of her stories. Tilapia On Aug. 13, Schipani discussed deceptive articles that claim bacon is healthier than tilapia. Many of these articles argue the fish lacks essential…

Trump Press Conference, in Context

President Donald Trump held a contentious press conference in which he answered critics who said he waited too long to condemn the white nationalists who staged a protest in Charlottesville, Virginia, on Aug. 12 that turned violent. Here we put into…

Obama Center Not Federally Funded

Q: Did President Trump cancel funding to build Barack Obama’s presidential library? A: No. That story originated on a satirical news site. All presidential libraries have been constructed using private or non-federal funds. FULL ANSWER On Aug. 4, lahrennews.com posted…

Pompeo Distorts China’s Nuclear Policy

CIA Director Mike Pompeo misrepresented the facts when he suggested the Trump administration was responsible for changing China’s policy on North Korea’s nuclear weapons program. Pompeo said that “the Chinese now … believe the correct answer has to be a…

Trump Misfires on Nuclear Weapons Boast

A day after he threatened North Korea with “fire and fury,” President Donald Trump distorted the facts when he boasted that his “first order as President was to renovate and modernize our nuclear arsenal” and “it is now far stronger…

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. FULL ANSWER On May 29, the website twofeed.org posted a…

Video: Trump on U.S. Nuclear Arsenal

In this week’s fact-checking video, CNN’s Jake Tapper and FactCheck.org review the accuracy of President Donald Trump’s tweet about the modernization of the U.S. nuclear weapons program. The president tweeted that his “first order as President was to renovate and…

Medicare Scare Tactics

TV ads from a Democratic group warn seniors that “right now, your Medicare coverage is in danger,” claiming “deep, automatic cuts” could be made by “unelected Washington bureaucrats.” But those cuts, according to current estimates, wouldn’t be implemented until 2023,…