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Released: 24-Sep-2020 4:05 PM EDT
Trump said he has "a constitutional obligation to put in nine judges — justices.” This claim is false
Newswise

Only since 1869 have there consistently been nine justices appointed to the Supreme Court. The U.S. Constitution is silent about how many justices should sit on the Supreme Court.

Released: 24-Sep-2020 12:50 PM EDT
The claim by Pres. Trump that Nevada voters are not required to sign their mail ballots is false
Newswise

At a rally in Vandalia, Ohio, President Donald Trump falsely claimed that Nevada voters are not required to sign their mail ballots and, if they do sign them, the signatures don’t have to be verified.

Released: 23-Sep-2020 1:55 PM EDT
Obama administration implemented several police and prison reforms despite what popular Facebook claim says
Newswise

A Pew Research Center analysis found that Obama granted clemency to more people convicted of federal crimes than any president in 64 years.

Released: 22-Sep-2020 4:15 PM EDT
Did Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg Say Her ‘Most Fervent Wish’ Was Not To Be Replaced until a New President is installed?
Newswise

The quote reads: “My most fervent wish is that I will not be replaced until a new President is installed.” Ginsburg dictated this statement to her granddaughter, Clara Spera, in the days before her death.

Released: 22-Sep-2020 2:30 PM EDT
Pres. Trump's Claim that Japanese Automaker Assembly Plants Have Been Announced or Built in Michigan is False
Newswise

At a rally in North Carolina on September 19, 2020, Pres. Trump said that he persuaded former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to get car companies to bring manufacturing to Michigan. This claim is false. No Japanese auto-assembly plants have opened in Michigan and there doesn't seem to be any plans for the near future.

Released: 21-Sep-2020 12:30 PM EDT
Claims that "Antifa" or far-left activists have been arrested for setting fires in Oregon, a state hit by devastating wildfires, are false
Newswise

Widely shared posts on social media claim members of Antifa, the unstructured far-left movement, have been arrested for setting wildfires in Oregon. This misinformation was even spread by the popular Spotify podcaster Joe Rogan (who has since apologized). These claims are false. law enforcement officers from areas where the arrests were allegedly made have denied they took place, and said calls about the claims are hampering operations.

Released: 21-Sep-2020 11:45 AM EDT
Social Media Post comparing Tuberculosis with COVID-19 is misleading
Newswise

Although the numbers stated by the viral post are accurate (as confirmed by the World Health Organization), the context of the message is misleading, since it attempts to downplay the need for coronavirus safety precautions like mask wearing. COVID-19 is far more prevalent in the United States than TB.

Released: 18-Sep-2020 4:50 PM EDT
Claim linking Joe Biden to Social Security taxes is misleading
Newswise

Posts widely shared on social media suggest that Joe Biden is responsible for taxes on Social Security in 1983. Those posts mislead on the details.

Released: 18-Sep-2020 4:05 PM EDT
Claims circulating on social media stating that the common cold or flu can be mistaken for COVID-19 are misleading
Newswise

The claims rely on the faulty assumption that there is no method to distinguish COVID-19 from the common cold and the flu.

Released: 17-Sep-2020 3:05 PM EDT
Does a New Study Give Evidence that the Coronavirus Was Made In a Lab?
Newswise

Scientists in a new paper make strong claims regarding evidence that the COVID-19 virus did not originate in nature—the prevailing theory—but instead was made in a lab. According to six leading experts in evolutionary biology and infectious disease consulted by Newsweek, the paper offers no new information, makes numerous unsubstantiated claims and its scientific case is weak.

Released: 17-Sep-2020 12:45 PM EDT
Trump Reprises Inaccurate COVID-19 Comparisons with Europe
Newswise

In a series of recent appearances, President Donald Trump continued to wrongly insist that the U.S. compares favorably with Europe on both coronavirus cases and deaths.

Released: 17-Sep-2020 12:30 PM EDT
Fact-checking William Barr: Is your vote no longer secret with mail-in ballots?
Newswise

Attorney General William Barr has become one of the staunchest supporters of the President's campaign against mail-in voting. Speaking in Phoenix on Thursday, Barr continued to push false and negative narratives about mail-in voting.

Released: 16-Sep-2020 4:20 PM EDT
Biden’s False Attacks on Trump’s Social Security ‘Plan’
Newswise

A Biden campaign TV ad falsely claims that a government analysis of President Donald Trump’s “planned cuts to Social Security” shows that “if Trump gets his way, Social Security benefits will run out in just three years from now.”

Released: 15-Sep-2020 2:05 PM EDT
Vice Presidential Vacancy Isn’t Automatically Filled by House Speaker
Newswise

A viral Facebook post wrongly suggests that if Joe Biden were to become president and later step down, Nancy Pelosi would become vice president. The Constitution says the vice president would become president and nominate a replacement; Congress must confirm or deny that pick.

Released: 15-Sep-2020 11:25 AM EDT
Fact-checking President Trump's claims that CA, other states to blame for wildfires due to states' bad forest management, and his assertions that climate change is not a factor
Newswise

President Donald Trump, in a briefing on Western wildfires on Monday, continued to reject the role of climate change in California’s fire season and blamed California and other states for not managing forest land properly.

Released: 14-Sep-2020 3:05 PM EDT
Biden's statement that "“More cops have died from COVID this year than have been killed on patrol” is true
Newswise

Biden's statement that "“More cops have died from COVID this year than have been killed on patrol” is true

Released: 14-Sep-2020 2:55 PM EDT
Clarifying Trump’s 80 million ‘unsolicited’ ballots claim
Newswise

With 54 days until the Nov. 3 presidential election, President Donald Trump said on Twitter ( here ) and Facebook ( here ) on Thursday that 80 million mail-in ballots were being sent to voters who had not requested them, calling the situation “unfair and a total fraud in the making.” While certain states are automatically sending ballots to their voters for this election, in many others, these still need to be requested.

Released: 10-Sep-2020 1:40 PM EDT
Misinterpreted New York Times report leads to false claim that the number of COVID-19 cases in the U.S. is inflated by up to 90%
Newswise

Misinterpreted New York Times report leads to false claim that the number of COVID-19 cases in the U.S. is inflated by up to 90%

Released: 10-Sep-2020 1:30 PM EDT
Trump’s Deceptive Comparison of the Coronavirus to the Flu
Newswise

A new book by journalist Bob Woodward shows that President Donald Trump sought to downplay the seriousness of the novel coronavirus despite the fact that he knew just how dangerous it was.

Released: 9-Sep-2020 3:15 PM EDT
Those Images of Red Skies Over Oregon Are Real
Newswise

Photographs and videos show a blood-red sky over Oregon in late summer 2020.

Released: 9-Sep-2020 9:00 AM EDT
Claims on CDC data for COVID-19 incorrect, say experts
Newswise

Social media has been circulating claims the CDC “quietly” updated its COVID-19 data and that only six per cent of fatalities were caused solely by the virus with the other 94 per cent having underlying medical conditions. The claims were retweeted by US President Donald Trump before they were removed. However, a closer look at how deaths are reported in the US shows the claims are incorrect.

Released: 3-Sep-2020 3:05 PM EDT
Facebook post claiming they depict people who were attacked by a Black Lives Matter group "for being white" are fake
Newswise

Disturbing photos showing badly beaten elderly people are being misrepresented in a Facebook post that claims they depict people who were attacked by a Black Lives Matter group "for being white." The images are legitimate, but the claim that the injuries were inflicted by Black Lives Matter activists is wrong.

Released: 3-Sep-2020 11:05 AM EDT
The CDC hasn’t drastically reduced the number of deaths attributable to COVID-19
Newswise

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention hasn’t drastically reduced the number of deaths attributable to COVID-19, but posts making that bogus claim have been circulating widely — with the help of President Donald Trump, who retweeted one such claim on Aug. 30.

Released: 1-Sep-2020 4:30 PM EDT
Trump falsely claims Google 'manipulated' millions of 2016 votes
Newswise

Trump falsely claims Google 'manipulated' millions of 2016 votes

Released: 1-Sep-2020 4:20 PM EDT
Trump Ads Claiming Biden Wants to "Defund the Police" Are Misleading
Newswise

Trump Ads Claiming Biden Wants to "Defund the Police" Are Misleading

Released: 25-Jun-2020 1:00 PM EDT
Greater testing is not driving coronavirus case load
Newswise

From PolitiFact: While the number of coronavirus tests being conducted is rising over time, the positivity rate — which is the percentage of tests that come up positive for the virus — has also been rising since early June. And that undermines Trump’s argument.

Released: 29-Oct-2019 8:55 AM EDT
Fact Checking the Claim That Gender-Affirming Treatments for Transgender Children Are Irreversible
Endocrine Society

A custody case in Texas has sparked heated debate and embroiled state policymakers in public discussions about the diagnosis and appropriate medical treatment of transgender children.

Released: 15-May-2019 12:05 PM EDT
Debunking the myth that measles is benign and even beneficial
Newswise

Debunking the myth that measles is benign and even beneficial

Released: 11-Feb-2019 12:05 PM EST
Germs are Real and Washing Hands Does Help to Prevent Colds
Newswise

On Sunday morning's episode of Fox & Friends, Host Pete Hegseth said " I don't think I've washed my hands for 10 years." He later on said ""Germs are not a real thing. I can't see them, therefore they are not real." The Centers of Disease Control and Prevention says that washing hands with soap and water could reduce diarrheal disease-associated deaths by up to 50%.


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