Beyond the Truth-O-Meter

Obama didn't pardon rapper C-Murder

An article from "Gummy Post" incorrectly stated that convicted rapper C-Murder was pardoned by President Obama on 7 December 2016.

No, Trump didn't tap Palin as his science adviser

A report that President-elect Trump appointed the former governor of Alaska as a Science and Technology Advisor is a fake news tidbit.

Pope isn't seeking Islam, Christianity merger

A widely shared story that claimed Pope Francis called for merging Islam and Christianity is false.

Fact-checking John Kerry’s speech on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict

Fact-checking the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is a bit of a fool’s errand. The two sides have their own narratives, which are virtually impossible to reconcile. Meanwhile, supporters of Israel in the United States — and even Israelis — have also split into seemingly irreconcilable camps, with their own set of facts and assumptions about the root causes of the conflict.

Did Wisconsin state agency scrub its website of climate change references?

The Wisconsin DNR's web page was scrubbed of all uses of the word "climate" and altered to imply a lack of consensus about anthropogenic global warming in the scientific community.

Trump didn't threaten Mexico in tweet

An image purportedly showing a tweet in which Donald Trump threatened military action against Mexico is a hoax.

Obama bill distorted to say it bans alternative media

Numerous small web outlets inaccurately asserted that President Obama signed a "Christmas bill" criminalizing alternative media in December 2016.

Ex-agent didn't write book outing Obama

A widely shared story that claimed a former Secret Service agent outed President Barack Obama as a gay man and a radical Muslim is false.

Obama didn't ban Christmas cards to military

A widely shared story claiming President Barack Obama ordered a ban on Christmas cards sent to the military is not true.

No. Air Force One Crew Didn't Balk at Obama 'Golf' Trip

Rumors holding that the crew of Air Force One refused to fly President Obama for non-business purposes originated with a satirical article.

Trump’s Cabinet Selections No Quicker Than Obama’s

After the election in 2008, it took President Barack Obama 45 days to name his choices to fill the Cabinet-level positions in his administration. Today marks the same length of time for President-elect Donald Trump since his election. He still has two official Cabinet positions — Agriculture secretary and Veterans Affairs secretary — to fill, and two vacancies remaining among the seven Cabinet-level positions.

No, Obama didn't approve reparations for African-Americans

Untrustworthy web sites reported that at President Obama's behest, the United Nations ordered the U.S. to pay reparations to African Americans for slavery.

A Fake Mike Pence Quote

Q: Did Mike Pence call Michelle Obama "the most vulgar first lady we've ever had? A: No.

Maine must enact voter-approved referendums

Republican Gov. Paul LePage has a history of interpreting the state Constitutional in ways that are later discredited, but that didn’t stop him from lobbing more dubious claims this week.

Donald Trump didn't threaten to arrest Alec Baldwin

A tweet in which Donald Trump threatened to arrest actor Alec Baldwin was a fake.

Mick Mulvaney's deleted Zika tweet

Though it has since been deleted, Mick Mulvaney did pose this question in a Facebook post in response to a scientific study casting doubts on the role of the Zika virus in causing infant microcephaly.

No Proof of Mass Vote Fraud in Michigan

A widely shared story that claimed in headlines that Michigan had mass Democratic voter fraud and that more than half of presidential candidate Hillary Clinton's Detroit vote faces disqualification is false. State election officials say there is no proof to back up either claim.

Sarah Palin Didn't Criticize Black Santa

A story claiming former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin called for boycotting the Mall of America in Minnesota over its black Santa Claus is false.

FactChecking Science in 2016

We will likely have no dearth of false and misleading claims to cover next year, when a new Congress convenes and takes up the agenda of President-elect Donald Trump.

No, Trump isn't taking his victory tour to Moscow's Red Square

A report that Donald Trump would travel to Russia's famed Red Square as part of his "victory tour" originated with a fake news web site.