Tag: Fake

Fake Spicer Quote About ‘Covfefe’

Q: Did White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer say that the president has the “legal right and power to decide how words in the English language are spelled”? A: No. That bogus quote comes from a “satirical” article about President…

Fake Dig at ‘Dumb’ Scientists

Q: Did a potential nominee for “chief scientist” at the U.S. Department of Agriculture call scientists “dumb, regular people” who “think dinosaurs actually existed and the Earth is somehow getting warmer”? A: No. That’s a bogus quote in a fake story…

A Fake Tom Price Quote

Q: Did Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price say “it’s better for our budget if cancer patients die more quickly”? A: No. That’s another made-up quote from a “news/satire” website. FULL QUESTION Did Tom Price state that cancer patients…

Facebook’s ‘Fake News’ Initiative

In a radio interview with WHYY’s NewsWorks in Philadelphia, FactCheck.org Director Eugene Kiely talks about the recent announcement that FactCheck.org will work with Facebook to combat fake news on the popular social media site. In response to an increase in the circulation…

A Fake Mike Pence Quote

Q: Did Mike Pence call Michelle Obama “the most vulgar first lady we’ve ever had”? A: No. That is a made-up quote and story from a self-described “news/satire” website. FULL QUESTION Did Mike Pence call Michelle Obama “vulgar” for speaking…

Fighting back against fake news

Some big news on the fake news front. As you know, we beefed up our coverage of fake news to help readers better sort out fact from fiction on their social media feeds. Now, we’re teaming up with Facebook to…

2016 Lie of the Year: Fake news

Ignoring the facts has long been a staple of political speech. Every day, politicians overstate some statistic, distort their opponents’ positions, or simply tell out-and-out whoppers. Surrogates and pundits spread the spin. Then there’s fake news, the phenomenon that is…

Video: Spotting Fake News

Made-up news isn’t new, but it now spreads quickly through social media. Readers remain the first line of defense against the dissemination of these bogus reports. So, how do you spot a fake? We offer a video guide of the…