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Meme Featuring DeSantis Presents Misleading Picture of COVID-19 and Vaccine Safety

Meme Featuring DeSantis Presents Misleading Picture of COVID-19 and Vaccine Safety

COVID-19 was the third-leading cause of death in the U.S. in 2020. But a meme featuring Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis minimizes the toll the pandemic already has taken -- particularly among the elderly. The meme also questions getting inoculated, despite the safety record of the vaccines and DeSantis' public support for vaccines.

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Bogus Claims Follow Donation of Kamala Harris’ Children’s Book

Bogus Claims Follow Donation of Kamala Harris’ Children’s Book

A single copy of Vice President Kamala Harris’ children’s book was one of many titles donated to a shelter for immigrant children in Long Beach, California. But a debunked New York Post article – which led to the reporter's resignation -- incorrectly claimed every child was given a copy of her book, starting a deluge of false claims in social media posts.

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Video From Biden’s Address to Congress Misleadingly Edited

Video From Biden’s Address to Congress Misleadingly Edited

In his April 28 address to Congress, President Joe Biden said, "No one should have to choose between a job and a paycheck or taking care of themselves and their loved ones -- a parent, or spouse, or child." Partisan social media accounts misleadingly edited his words in a viral video to suggest he said, "No one should have to choose between a job and a paycheck."

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FactChecking Biden’s Address to Congress

FactChecking Biden’s Address to Congress

The economy, immigration and China's president lead our roundup of Biden's claims.

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Editing in Cruz Video Distorts Biden’s Position on Guns

Editing in Cruz Video Distorts Biden’s Position on Guns

President Joe Biden opposes the sale of assault weapons, and he supports a mandatory federal registry and a voluntary buyback program for all legally purchased assault weapons. But a video shared on Twitter by Sen. Ted Cruz leaves the false impression Biden wants to confiscate all guns.

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Artificial Beef About Biden’s Climate Plan

Artificial Beef About Biden’s Climate Plan

When President Joe Biden announced plans to reduce U.S. greenhouse gas emissions by 50% by the end of the decade, he made no mention of reducing beef consumption. But that hasn't stopped baseless speculation that he would.

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SciCheck and Our Commitment to Transparency

SciCheck and Our Commitment to Transparency

Contrary to Rep. Thomas Massie's suggestion, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation -- as is the case with all of our funders -- has no control over our editorial content.

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Posts Mislead on Words of Alternate Juror in Chauvin Trial

Posts Mislead on Words of Alternate Juror in Chauvin Trial

An alternate juror in the trial of Derek Chauvin said she initially had "mixed feelings" about jury duty, because of concerns about "disappointing" either side and the possibility of "rioting." She said she "would have said guilty," but as an alternate did not participate in the verdict. Social media posts now use her words to erroneously imply that a juror admitted outside pressure was a factor in the verdict.

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Vaccines Benefit Those Who Have Had COVID-19, Contrary to Viral Posts

Vaccines Benefit Those Who Have Had COVID-19, Contrary to Viral Posts

There is no evidence that vaccines could cause harm to people who already have been infected with SARS-CoV-2 or have become ill with the disease COVID-19. On the contrary, recent studies show the vaccine gives an important immunity boost to those previously infected and suggest that one dose might be enough. 

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Stories Falsely Cite ‘Stanford Study’ to Misinform on Face Masks

Stories Falsely Cite ‘Stanford Study’ to Misinform on Face Masks

Stanford Medicine says it "strongly supports the use of face masks to control the spread of COVID-19." Yet viral stories falsely claim a "Stanford study" showed that face masks are unsafe and ineffective against COVID-19. The paper is a hypothesis, not a study, from someone with no current affiliation with Stanford. Update: The paper was retracted.

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The Washington Post

Kevin McCarthy says he rented a ‘room’ — in a 7,000-square-foot penthouse

The apartment owned by pollster Frank Luntz combined four units with 12 bedrooms and home ownership fees of almost $5,000 a month.

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Democrats and Republicans need a translator when speaking infrastructure

Too often, the dueling infrastructure plans are treated as roughly similar by reporters but there are vast differences.

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Snopes

Did a Millionaire Fire His Bank Because It Did Not Validate Parking?

Next time a clerk looks down his nose at you, tell him about John Barrier and the Washington State bank.

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Josh Duggar Granted Release as He Awaits Child Porn Trial

A federal judge has allowed former reality TV star Josh Duggar to be released as he awaits trial on charges that he downloaded and possessed child pornography.

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TikTok Video Shows ‘Saw’ Tricycle Puppets on Google Maps

The character's official name is Billy the Puppet.

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Ceremonies, Prayer Mark Day of Awareness for Native Victims

Some shared agonizing stories of frustration and loss. Others performed ceremonies and said prayers. All called for action.

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Is Kyle Rittenhouse’s Race Described Differently in Separate Court Records?

Law enforcement officers often make subjective judgements regarding suspects' racial identities.

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Did Michael Yeadon Say COVID-19 Vaccine Will Kill Recipients Within 2 Years?

The former pharmaceutical employee has spouted widely discredited conspiracy theories.

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Did a Black Woman Get Prison for Illegal Voting, While a White Man Got Probation?

In May 2021, Democratic Rep. Ro Khanna cited race as the decisive factor in the vastly different punishments given to Crystal Mason and Bruce Bartman.

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Comic Strip Artists Band Together for a Silly and Good Cause

Fans of newspaper comics will instantly notice something missing in many of the strips this Friday — pants.

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Woman from Mali Gives Birth to 9 Babies in Morocco

The five girls and four boys, and their mother, “are all doing well,” Mali’s health minister said in a statement.

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Did CIA Video Feature ‘Intersectional,’ ‘Cisgender,’ ‘Latina’ Woman?

A promotional CIA video was decried as “woke recruitment” and “propaganda.”

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