Funke

Daniel Funke is a staff writer covering online misinformation for PolitiFact. He previously reported for Poynter as a fact-checking reporter and a Google News Lab Fellow, and has worked for the Los Angeles Times, USA Today and the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. When he’s not chasing down online hoaxes, the University of Georgia graduate can be found cycling to your local brewery.

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Fact-checking Trump, Ukraine impeachment hearings, day 1

The Democrats called on American diplomats in Ukraine to offer public testimony about the Trump administration's pressure on Ukraine to investigate Burisma and the Bidens. The Republicans called it another attempt to undermine the 2016 election.

No evidence photo of Trump watching Baghdadi raid was staged

PolitiFact investigated the context of the viral image of Trump watching the Baghdadi raid.

The Earth has rapidly warmed over the past century. Can politics slow it?

How much warmer has the Earth really gotten over the past few decades? And what effect would American policy ideas like the Green New Deal actually have?

Fact-checking the Ohio Democratic presidential debate

Twelve presidential candidates assembled in Otterbein University in Westerville, Ohio, on Oct. 15 for the fourth and largest Democratic primary debate so far.

Who is the ‘Ukraine gas exec’ playing golf with the Bidens in Trump’s Nickelback post?

We wanted to investigate the identity of the "Ukrainian gas exec" referenced in a picture Trump tweeted.

The inaccurate or unproven things Rudy Giuliani said about Ukraine on 'This Week'

President Donald Trump’s personal lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, showed up to a TV interview with documents that he said proved collusion between Ukraine and Democrats in the 2016 presidential election. He leveled a series of accusations about Ukraine, Joe and Hunter Biden, and the whistleblower at the center of an impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump. We found they were unproven, inaccurate, or need context.

Trump mentioned the ‘Crowdstrike’ conspiracy during his call with Ukraine. Here’s what that means

President Trump is rehashing a conspiracy theory about the 2016 election and Hillary Clinton's emails.

By the numbers: How common are data breaches — and what can you do about them?

Over the past decade, the exposure of personal information has become a routine part of American consumerism. But how common really are data breaches — and what kinds of records are exposed?

Fact-checking the Democratic presidential debate in Houston

Democrats debated in Houston on the campus of Texas Southern University on Sept. 12, 2019. 

Hurricanes and tropical storms lead to flood of misinformation

As Dorian moves its way toward Florida, we review the flood of misinformation about hurricanes and tropical storms.