Speculative and wrong
Says Ted Cruz just flip-flopped about the president needing to be U.S.-born.
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Sheila Jackson Lee of Texas said: ‘Hey, all you wrinkly, white-aged has-beens: It’s time for you to die and let the next generation have your spot on the planet.’
Too few consulted Google before sharing
"Newly Elected Republican Senators Sign Pledge to Eliminate Food Stamp Program in 2015."
Meme's trend line is completely off-base
"When (Barack Obama) took office, 2.3 million people were out of work. Five-plus years later, we have 5 million-plus out of work."
Overlooks a half-dozen presidential events
"794 law enforcement officers have fallen in the line of duty since B.H. Obama took office, with no special recognition from the White House."
A fake created on a "Church Sign Maker" website
A sign in Dearborn, Mich., for the Advancement of Islamic Agenda for America says, "Allah be praised. America we will kill you all and nothing you can do to stop it."
Stats made up out of thin air
Congress includes 36 people accused of spousal abuse, 84 arrested for drunk driving in the past year, 71 with terrible credit and more.
An old claim, recycled
A flight from Atlanta to Houston was canceled due to a "terrorist dry run."
A wild, outdated claim
"McDonald’s hamburgers are only 15 percent ‘real beef.’ The other 85 percent is meat filler cleansed with ammonia, which causes stomach and intestinal cancer."
Meme takes the words out of Noam Chomsky's mouth
Says former Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan said that "if the workers are more insecure, that's very healthy for the society" because "they'll serve the masters gladly and passively."
An old myth that keeps circulating
Fox News is "banned in Canada" because it violates a law that "prevents ‘news’ channels from lying to their viewers."
He was never president, she never said he was
Says Michele Bachmann said on Fox News, "This country could use a president like Benjamin Franklin again."
300,000 is the number of ALL suicides over nine years
"Over 300K home owner suicides attributed to foreclosures."
She said what?
Says Rep. Michele Bachmann said President Barack Obama might be to blame for the Fort Hood shootings.
Yabba dabba doo, this is untrue!
Says Marco Rubio believes the earth is 9,000 years old and that humans hunted dinosaurs to extinction; says Rand Paul believes the earth is 10,000 years old and God removed dinosaurs "to make space for humans."
Listen more closely
President Barack Obama spent "$5 billion paying Ukrainians to riot and dismantle their democratically elected government."
Shockingly, the source is satire
Says Nancy Pelosi said, "Waiting long hours in the emergency room will allow you to make new friends!"
Punchline from 1881
Says Michele Bachmann said "English was good enough for Jesus when he wrote the Bible."
Another case of satire passed off as truth
Says Vladimir Putin said, "President Obama and his fellow Democrats are either idiots or deliberately trying to destroy their own economy."
Widely shared, but none of it makes much sense
Says a man opted out of Obamacare after the marketplace launched on Oct. 1, 2013, and was informed he owed a $4,000 fine.
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