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    The Daily Wire and PolitiFact don’t see eye to eye on whether a pro-Trump ad is misleading when it shows Joe Biden saying "taxes are going to be raised" if he wins the upcoming election. “The ad launched on Aug. 4 before getting slapped with a ‘mostly false’ rating by PolitiFact and subsequently blocked by Facebook the next month,” Daily Wire reporter John Bickley wrote. The ad by America First Action Super Pac called “Too Risky” directly quoted Democratic presidential nominee Biden saying, “If you elect me, your taxes are going to be raised, not cut,” and cautions that the Tax Policy Center admitted Biden’s plan would raise taxes “on all income groups.” JOE BIDEN, CNN’S ANDERSON COOPER APPEAR TO DISPENSE WITH SOCIAL DISTANCING DURING TOWN HALL COMMERCIAL BREAK “Was America First actually...
    ABC News anchor George Stephanopoulos cut off President Donald Trump on Tuesday during an egregious string of lies about health care at an event with voters. Trump had been responding to a question about his health care policy. Since he knows almost nothing about health care policy and cares even less, he launched into a meaningless and obfuscatory rant about how his administration will supposedly protect pre-existing conditions. “What we’re is we’re going to be doing a health care plan protecting people with pre-existing conditions,” he said. “We’re going to be doing a health care plan very strongly and protect people with pre-existing conditions. I will say this: They [Democrats] will not do that. Because they have socialized —” At that...
    Washington (CNN)President Donald Trump has been waging a disinformation campaign against mail-in voting for months, but recently, he's seized on a particular statistic to support the narrative that this election is prime for widespread fraud. This month, he has repeatedly claimed that 80 million unsolicited ballots are en-route to voters across the country who didn't request them and further suggested there's no way to track mail-in ballots or know who gets them. Since the start of September alone, the President has mentioned these 80 million ballots at least 20 times, according to the website Factba.se, which tracks every word uttered or tweeted by Trump and other politicians. Though the rhetoric varies slightly from time to time, this claim has become...
    Getty Several ads have come out accusing Biden of wanting to defund police. Here's what he said about that. Joe Biden was the subject of new political advertisements from Donald Trump, called “Break-in,” as well as “Abolished,” both of which outright say or imply that Biden supports “defunding police.” However, Biden has vehemently disputed that claim and explicitly said he doesn’t support “defunding the police.” The “defund the police” movement has received renewed attention after the deaths of Breonna Taylor, George Floyd and other African Americans who have died after encounters with the police. However, what it actually means depends on who you ask. Some activists who are using the phrase are calling for a complete disbanding of...
    Washington, DC (CNN)In a campaign speech in Michigan focused on manufacturing and union support, Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden closed out his remarks Wednesday by reading from a list of US troop fatalities. Biden told the audience that he carries an updated list with him of the number of troops lost and wounded in Afghanistan and Iraq on the back of his schedule. After reading several figures of soldiers who had died or been wounded, the former vice president said there had been 6,114 "military Covid deaths" and 118,984 "military Covid [infections]." Facts First: This is wrong -- and not just by a little. Biden overstated the number of military Covid deaths by 6,107 and infections by nearly 79,000. There...
    CNN anchor Brianna Keilar cut away from White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany’s press briefing on Wednesday to accuse her of “lying” on behalf of President Donald Trump, before fact-checking McEnany’s claim that “the president never downplayed” the coronavirus. As McEnany defended Trump from allegations that he downplayed the coronavirus following revelations from Bob Woodward’s new book about the president, Keilar cut off the stream and said, “That was the press secretary at the White House lying. She said the president never downplayed the coronavirus. This is what the president said at the time.” Keilar then played a series of February clips of Trump saying about the virus, “When you have fifteen people, and the fifteen within a couple of...
    BARR on fraud in the vote-by-mail process: "Elections that have been held with mail have found substantial fraud and coercion." THE FACTS: Multiple studies have debunked the notion of pervasive voter fraud in general and in the vote-by-mail process. The five states that relied on mail-in ballots even before the coronavirus pandemic — Colorado, Hawaii, Oregon, Washington, and Utah — have said they have necessary safeguards in place to ensure against fraud and to prevent hostile foreign actors from co-opting the vote. More states intend to rely more heavily on mail-in voting this fall because of the pandemic. The attorney general cited a report from more than a decade ago from a commission led by former President Jimmy Carter and...
    There is no shortage of questions when it comes to eggs: Are they still bad for your cholesterol or heart?  Are they protein heroes you should eat every day, and what about the yolk? Today, it’s the Food Fact Check that could change your breakfast menu forever!  Dr. Oz and Dr. Roizen take a closer look at the latest nutritional science about this morning staple and help unscramble the confusion once and for all.  And, to top it all off, we reveal the healthiest option for your breakfast sausage. The Dr. Oz Show Season 11, episode 11002. Plus, Brooke Shields shares how growing up in an industry that puts such a high value on beauty affected her self-image and...
    When it comes to cooking, reheating or defrosting, your microwave is undeniably convenient and gets the job done, but could it be too good to be true? Today, Dr. Oz investigates if nuking your food is killing all the nutrients in your dish.  We reveal the surprising results from our experiment with the foods you zap the most.  And, our Food Fact Check insiders reveal the hack to get crispy bacon in the microwave! Plus, Dr. Sanjay Gupta helps answer all your CBD questions and if it lives up to its claims to relieve pain and anxiety.  Then, The Dish crew, Vanessa Williams, Gail Simmons, Gina Neely and Jamika Pessoa, show you how to make five-ingredient meals you...
    CLAIM: The only thing President Donald Trump cares about is the stock market. VERDICT: FALSE. Trump specifically said saving lives was more important than the stock market. Former Vice President Joe Biden claimed during a rare press briefing on Wednesday that President Donald Trump only cares about the stock market. Biden claimed that Trump said things that were not true related to the coronavirus, and that the reason he did so was that he only cared about the stock market. “He looks at it in one way: if the market — stock market is high, and it’s moving, and we’re reducing the number of people who are in real trouble economically, then it doesn’t matter what I say,” Biden told...
    CHICAGO — People are spreading misinformation online that downplays the deadliness of coronavirus. Over the weekend, people on social media widely shared incorrect posts that falsely claimed the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention was saying just 6-7 percent of people reported as dying from COVID-19 had actually died from the virus. That’s inaccurate, Chicago’s top doctor said Tuesday. According to the CDC’s own website, COVID-19 was the only cause of death mentioned for 6 percent of people reported to have died from the virus — but all that means is 94 percent of other people who died from coronavirus also had a comorbidity, like lung disease. Officials have long warned comorbidities like heart disease and diabetes put people at...
    CLAIM: One of President Donald Trump’s advisers said “the more chaos, violence, the better it is for Trump’s re-election.” VERDICT: FALSE. Kellyanne Conway, did not say that — and was commenting on Democrats’ failure to stop the violence. Biden claimed in a speech on violence Monday in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, that Trump saw political violence as a political boon. He “quoted” a Trump adviser who allegedly said, “the more chaos, violence, the better it is for Trump’s re-election.” Biden and his campaign have been making similar false claims for days, but Biden’s misquote in Pittsburgh was by far the most egregious distortion of what the adviser — Kellyanne Conway — said last week. As Breitbart noted in a fact check: Conway...
    New York (CNN Business)Daniel Dale is working hard to fact-check Trump, which is becoming increasingly important as the 2020 election approaches.Although the task might seem daunting to most, "It's not magic," Dale, a reporter and fact-checker for CNN, told Chief Media Correspondent Brian Stelter on "Reliable Sources" Sunday. He noted that Trump "makes the same false and misleading claims over and over."Fact-checking Biden is a different experience, according to Dale. "If Trump lies, you probably know it," Dale said. "If Biden were to lie, you might not know it because it might be new.""This president is a serial liar and he serially lied tonight," Dale told Anderson Cooper on the fourth and final night of the Republican National Convention Thursday....
    Dean Baker is one of the few lonely folks who continues to hold out hope that the truth matters in our fallen age. I’m still with him, despite the abundant evidence that we’re both wrong, so here he is factchecking Donald Trump’s claim that he’s tough on drug companies and has cut prescription drug prices bigly. You will be unsurprised to know that the data shows otherwise. My added value in this is that I draw better charts than Dean, so here’s the growth in spending on prescription drugs over the past few years: Even in an era of low inflation, we are being forced to pay more and more for prescription drugs. Donald Trump has done absolutely...
    CLAIM: “How can Joe Biden claim to be an ‘ally of the Light’ when his own party can’t even keep the lights on?” VERDICT: MOSTLY TRUE. Solar and wind power are inadequate — but Biden has not dropped nuclear power. President Donald Trump slammed rival Joe Biden’s support for eliminating fossil fuels, a core pledge in the former vice president’s platform for the 2020 election. With Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) advising his campaign on the “Biden-Sanders Unity Task Force,” Biden embraced a version of the “Green New Deal.” The major difference was that whereas Ocasio-Cortez wants to eliminate fossil fuels in the U.S. economy by 2030, Biden set the deadline at 2035. Democrat-run California passed a law in 2018 requiring...
    CLAIM: During his Thursday night acceptance speech, President Donald Trump stressed that the left will “confiscate your guns” if given power in the November elections. VERDICT: True. Joe Biden and Kamala Harris have both voiced support for a government-mandated buyback of AR-15s and other commonly-owned semiautomatic rifles. Trump said, “If the left gains power, they will demolish the suburbs, confiscate your guns, and appoint justices who will wipe away your Second Amendment and other Constitutional freedoms.” His claim that they “will confiscate your guns” is born out by statements both Biden and Harris made during the campaigns they ran in hopes of winning the Democrat presidential primary cycle. On August 7, 2019, Breitbart News reported that Biden voiced support for mandatory...
    The lies and distortions at the 2020 Republican National Convention have been numerous, including claims that President Donald Trump had a first-rate response to the coronavirus and claims that he has tried to protect health coverage for Americans with preexisting health conditions. In response to this dishonesty Wednesday night, CNN’s Daniel Dale launched into a brilliant stream of fact-check of the mendacious event. Dale told his colleague, Anderson Cooper: “There is just so much dishonestly and inaccuracy at this convention. It’s hard for me to know where to start. It’s not just big things like this broad revisionism on the response to the pandemic — it’s little inaccuracies, carelessness.” CNN’s Daniel Dale fact checks speakers from the third night of...
    CLAIM: Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden wants to defund the police. VERDICT: MOSTLY TRUE. Biden formally opposes demands to “defund the police,” but backs “re-directing” funding from police to other priorities, which is the same thing. Vice President Mike Pence attacked Biden in his speech to the Republican National Convention (RNC) Wednesday night: Joe Biden says America is systemically racist.  And that law enforcement in America has a, quote, “implicit bias” against minorities. And when asked whether he’d support cutting funding to law enforcement, and he replied, “Yes, absolutely.” Joe Biden would double down on the very policies that are leading to unsafe streets and violence in America’s cities. The hard truth is… you won’t be safe in Joe Biden’s...
    Washington (CNN)As we noted in our fact check on Monday, the first night of the Republican National Convention featured more misleading and false claims than all four nights of the Democrats' convention combined. Whether that pace continues remains to be seen. Tuesday's "Land of Opportunity" line-up includes first lady Melania Trump, speaking from the newly renovated Rose Garden, and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, who pre-recorded his remarks from Jerusalem where he is on a diplomatic visit. CNN will be watching and fact-checking those speeches and the rest of tonight's remarks here, so check back in for updates.
    Fox News anchor Sandra Smith on Tuesday apparently thought she had Austan Goolsbee dead-to-rights on the economic growth claims he made on-air, only for the economist to retort with a fact-check, telling her to “check the numbers.” Goolsbee, a former economic adviser to President Barack Obama, was brought on to discuss Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden’s latest tax plan, which features the ex-veep proposing tax hikes on wealthy individuals and businesses. The interview soon devolved into a contentious debate about the economic benefits of President Donald Trump’s corporate tax cuts, prompting Goolsbee to note that many of the president’s promises of wage and economic growth never came to fruition, even before the coronavirus pandemic. Asked by Smith to “make the...
    CNN host Chris Cuomo said Monday that it’s not always necessary to fact check Democratic politicians because “they are not lying the way [President Donald] Trump does.” Cuomo was discussing the Republican National Convention with colleague Don Lemon when he suggested the Trump and the GOP speakers were offering little but falsehoods. “Everything that’s bad is your fault,” Cuomo said in reference to alleged Republican finger-pointing. “Everything that’s not going well on my watch, you are either lying about or you’re engineering, somehow, on the sneaky side,” Cuomo said on CNN’s “Cuomo Prime Time.” (RELATED: Eric Metaxas, Chris Cuomo Clash Over Christian Support For Trump) “And again, well, who are people going to believe? We’ll see who makes the...
    Monday, during CNN’s wrap-up of its Republican National Convention coverage, network host Chris Cuomo defended the disproportionate amount of so-called “fact checks” his network conducted for the RNC compared to the Democratic National Convention a week earlier. Cuomo contended Republicans and President Donald Trump lie more than Democrats, which justifies CNN’s fact-checking. “[A]gain, well, who are people going to believe? We’ll see who makes the better case. And yeah, you can fact-check it to death. We could fact-check this convention all night. People were saying you didn’t fact-check the Democrats. They are not lying, the way Trump does. Do politicians lie? Of course, both parties engage in it. Yes, I’ll give you the full ‘Guilfoyle.’ But not like Donald Trump....
    Washington (CNN)The Republican National Convention started off with a parade of dishonesty, in stark contrast with last week's Democratic convention. While CNN also watched and fact-checked the Democrats, those four nights combined didn't have the number of misleading and false claims made on the first night of the Republicans' convention. Here are some of the most noteworthy falsehoods from night one of the RNC.Government takeover of healthcare Former UN Ambassador Nikki Haley attacked Democratic positions on health care. "They want a government takeover of health care," she said at the Republican National Convention on Monday. Read MoreFacts First: This is true of some Democrats, but it's not a policy Joe Biden supports. While he does advocate broadening the government's involvement...
    By Colleen Long | Associated Press WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump is accusing the Democrats of taking God out of the Pledge of Allegiance at their national convention. He’s distorting what happened. TRUMP: “The Democrats took the word GOD out of the Pledge of Allegiance at the Democrat National Convention. At first I thought they made a mistake, but it wasn’t. It was done on purpose. Remember Evangelical Christians, and ALL, this is where they are coming from-it’s done. Vote Nov 3!” — tweet Saturday. THE FACTS: That’s a misleading accusation. The central programming of the convention featured the entire pledge, complete with “under God.” The first night of the Democratic National Convention, Joe Biden’s grandchildren said the pledge, followed...
    By COLLEEN LONG, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is accusing the Democrats of taking God out of the Pledge of Allegiance at their national convention. He’s distorting what happened. TRUMP: “The Democrats took the word GOD out of the Pledge of Allegiance at the Democrat National Convention. At first I thought they made a mistake, but it wasn’t. It was done on purpose. Remember Evangelical Christians, and ALL, this is where they are coming from-it’s done. Vote Nov 3!” — tweet Saturday. THE FACTS: That's a misleading accusation. The central programming of the convention featured the entire pledge, complete with “under God.” The first night of the Democratic National Convention, Joe Biden's grandchildren said the pledge, followed...
    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is accusing the Democrats of taking God out of the Pledge of Allegiance at their national convention. He’s distorting what happened. TRUMP: “The Democrats took the word GOD out of the Pledge of Allegiance at the Democrat National Convention. At first I thought they made a mistake, but it wasn’t. It was done on purpose. Remember Evangelical Christians, and ALL, this is where they are coming from-it’s done. Vote Nov 3!” — tweet Saturday. THE FACTS: That’s a misleading accusation. The central programming of the convention featured the entire pledge, complete with “under God.” The first night of the Democratic National Convention, Joe Biden’s grandchildren said the pledge, followed by the convention’s chorus...
    By CALVIN WOODWARD, HOPE YEN and CHRISTOPHER RUGABER, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Joe Biden and fellow Democrats spun an assortment of facts to their benefit in their national convention, omitting inconvenient truths such as Barack Obama's record of aggressive deportations and swift action by a Republican president to save the auto industry more than a decade ago. Meantime President Donald Trump flooded the zone with falsehoods, some so apparent that anyone with access to the internet could see the folly of them at a glance. Witness his reference to New Zealand's “massive breakout” of COVID-19, which does not exist. The virtual, socially distanced Democratic National Convention was unique in history but conventional in this sense: The nominee and his...
    WASHINGTON (AP) — Joe Biden and fellow Democrats spun an assortment of facts to their benefit in their national convention, omitting inconvenient truths such as Barack Obama’s record of aggressive deportations and swift action by a Republican president to save the auto industry more than a decade ago. Meantime President Donald Trump flooded the zone with falsehoods, some so apparent that anyone with access to the internet could see the folly of them at a glance. Witness his reference to New Zealand’s “massive breakout” of COVID-19, which does not exist. The virtual, socially distanced Democratic National Convention was unique in history but conventional in this sense: The nominee and his supporters at times exaggerated the good, played down the...
    Washington (CNN)During the final night of the Democratic National Convention, President Donald Trump continued to raise the alarm about potential voter fraud in the upcoming election. During an interview on Fox News with Sean Hannity, Trump said he's contemplating sending law enforcement officers to polling locations in order to monitor and prevent voter fraud."We're going to have sheriffs, and we're going to have law enforcement, and we're going to have, hopefully, US attorneys, and we're going to have everybody and attorney generals (sic)," Trump said.Facts First: If history is any indication, Trump could run into some legal issues on this. Any conduct that intimidates voters is prohibited by federal law and several states expressly forbid law enforcement presence at the...
    WASHINGTON (AP) — Michelle Obama assailed President Donald Trump on Monday for ripping migrant children from their parents and throwing them into cages, picking up on a frequent and distorted point made widely by Democrats. She’s right that Trump’s now-suspended policy at the U.S.-Mexico border separated thousands of children from their families in ways that had not been done before. But what she did not say is that the very same “cages” were built and used in her husband’s administration, for the same purpose of holding migrant kids temporarily. A look at her remark in the keynote address at the opening night of the remote Democratic National Convention: MICHELLE OBAMA, on Americans: “They watch in horror as children are torn...
    CLAIM: Joe Biden said (again) that President Donald Trump called neo-Nazis in Charlottesville “very fine people.” VERDICT: FALSE. Trump said the neo-Nazis should be “condemned totally.” Biden knows he is lying about this. Former Vice President Joe Biden repeated the “very fine people” hoax in accepting the Democratic Party nomination in a speech to the Democratic National Convention (DNC), repeating his lines from last week, almost word for word Remember seeing those neo-Nazis and white supremacists, coming out of fields spewing the same antisemitic bile heard across Europe in the ’30s. Remember the violent clash that ensued between those spreading hate and those with the courage to stand against it. And remember what the president said when asked? He said...
    CLAIM: Joe Biden led America’s economic recovery in 2009, when he oversaw the Obama administration’s stimulus. VERDICT: FALSE. Biden’s management of the stimulus was a disaster, with a buggy website and failures like Solyndra. Democrats keep citing Biden’s role in the 2009 stimulus as evidence that he would be best to manage the recovery of the American recovery from the coronavirus. Billionaire mega-donor and failed presidential candidate Mike Bloomberg made that argument on the fourth night of the Democratic National Convention (DNC) on Thursday. But the facts say otherwise. President Barack Obama campaigned on providing a $50 billion stimulus for the U.S. economy. By the time he took office, in the wake of the global financial crisis, that figure ballooned...
    CLAIM: Joe Biden led America’s economic recovery in 2009, when he oversaw the Obama administration’s stimulus. VERDICT: FALSE. Biden’s management of the stimulus was a disaster, with a buggy website and failures like Solyndra. Democrats keep citing Biden’s role in the 2009 stimulus as evidence that he would be best to manage the recovery of the American recovery from the coronavirus. Billionaire mega-donor and failed presidential candidate Mike Bloomberg made that argument on the fourth night of the Democratic National Convention (DNC) on Thursday. But the facts say otherwise. President Barack Obama campaigned on providing a $50 billion stimulus for the U.S. economy. By the time he took office, in the wake of the global financial crisis, that figure ballooned...
    CLAIM: Michigan Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson (D) said, “there is absolutely zero difference between voting by mail and voting absentee” at the Democrat National Convention (DNC) on Thursday evening. VERDICT: False. There are major differences between mail-in voting and absentee voting. The two are not interchangeable. Benson said: And let’s be clear, there is absolutely zero difference between voting by mail and voting absentee. Millions of Americans have been voting absentee for decades. Donald Trump, his family, his staff, they all vote by mail. In fact, in states like Colorado, Utah, and Oregon, voters have been voting by mail for years. Republicans and Democrats agree it is safe. Despite Benson’s claim that mail-in voting and absentee voting are the...
    Only a few days back, there were reports of how Mahesh Bhatt’s next film Sadak 2, starring daughter Alia Bhatt with Aditya Roy Kapur and Sanjay Dutt was the third most disliked video in the world and most disliked YouTube video in India. Well, after Mahesh Bhatt passed some rather unflattering comments about actor Sushant Singh Rajput’s suicide and after his death kick-started the nepotism debate again, this was bound to happen. A video of Mahesh Bhatt losing his cool over his movie’s trailer being disliked is doing the rounds. But let us tell you that the video is fake. Sadak 2 Trailer Is Third Most Disliked YouTube Video in the World. And a Twitter user, extremely happy that Sadak...
    CLAIM: “America has the most COVID deaths in the world,” said Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) during Wednesday night’s Democratic National Convention. VERDICT: Misleading. Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), during the virtual Democrat National Convention Wednesday, alleged that the United States has more coronavirus fatalities than the rest of the world. Other Democrats, including presidential nominee Joe Biden’s vice presidential pick, Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA), have been pushing similar misleading claims as the coronavirus situation improves in America. In sheer numbers, the United States leads the world in confirmed COVID-19 (coronavirus disease) deaths, with over 173,000 as of Wednesday night, according to Johns Hopkins University. However, the U.S. has the third-largest population in the world after China and India, respectively. Per capita, there...
    CLAIM: Former Secretary of State John Kerry claimed Tuesday during the Democratic National Convention that the Obama administration stopped the Ebola virus before it became a pandemic. VERDICT: Mostly False. The 2014-2016 Ebola outbreak was already an epidemic declared by the World Health Organization and was largely isolated to West Africa. Although the outbreak coincided with Barack Obama’s presidency, only 11 people were treated for Ebola in the U.S. during the epidemic. During the early days of the epidemic in October 2014, U.S. stocks went down more than one percent when the first diagnosed Ebola patient on U.S. soil spooked investors. On October 13, 2014, Reuters reported that the S&P 500 went down more than one percent and had its worst...
    CLAIM: President Donald Trump “praised those racists” who rioted in Charlottesville, Virginia, in August 2017. VERDICT: FALSE. Trump condemned the racists “totally.” This is a debunked lie known as the “fine people hoax.” Khizr Khan, one of the stars of the 2016 Democratic National Convention (DNC), appeared on the second night of the 2020 DNC to present Virginia’s delegate votes, and claimed that Trump “praised those racists” in Charlottesville. Former Vice President Joe Biden has made this lie central to his campaign message from the very start. The truth: President Trump repeatedly condemned the neo-Nazis in Charlottesville in August 2017 — “totally.” Moreover, the neo-Nazis were not the only violent group in Charlottesville. The “clash” was not with those “standing...
    CLAIM: President Donald Trump’s travel ban was a “Muslim ban” and was unconstitutional. VERDICT: False. The travel ban was upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court. Actress Tracee Ellis Ross, who moderated the second evening of the Democrat National Convention (DNC), claimed that President Trump’s travel ban was unconstitutional She introduced former Acting U.S. Attorney General Sally Yates, whom she said “refused to defend an unconstitutional travel ban and paid for it with her job.” Yates herself then described it as a “shameful and unlawful Muslim travel ban.” In reality, the Supreme Court ruled in a 5-4 decision in Trump v. Hawaii that the president has extraordinarily broad discretion under 8 U.S.C. § 1182(f) to exclude aliens when he believes doing so...
    Washington (CNN)As the President continues his efforts to discredit voting by mail, he and his allies have pointed to several so-called examples of voter fraud. The latest favorite? More than 800 ballots that were received by mail from "dead voters" in Michigan's recent state-wide primary. On Twitter Saturday, Donald Trump Jr. shared a tweet about a Breitbart article. The framing of the article and the tweet insinuated that hundreds of ballots were not legitimately cast and perpetuated the President's claim that voting by mail is rife with fraud.Facts First: What happened in Michigan was not voter fraud but an example of the system working the way it's supposed to. Michigan's voter verification processes identified ballots from individuals who had died...
    By CALVIN WOODWARD and HOPE YEN, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Michelle Obama assailed President Donald Trump on Monday for ripping migrant children from their parents and throwing them into cages, picking up on a frequent and distorted point made widely by Democrats. She's right that Trump's now-suspended policy at the U.S.-Mexico border separated thousands of children from their families in ways that had not been done before. But what she did not say is that the very same “cages” were built and used in her husband's administration, for the same purpose of holding migrant kids temporarily. A look at her remark in the keynote address at the opening night of the remote Democratic National Convention: MICHELLE OBAMA, on Americans:...
    WASHINGTON (AP) — Michelle Obama assailed President Donald Trump on Monday for ripping migrant children from their parents and throwing them into cages, picking up on a frequent and distorted point made widely by Democrats. She’s right that Trump’s now-suspended policy at the U.S.-Mexico border separated thousands of children from their families in ways that had not been done before. But what she did not say is that the very same “cages” were built and used in her husband’s administration, for the same purpose of holding migrant kids temporarily. A look at her remark in the keynote address at the opening night of the remote Democratic National Convention: MICHELLE OBAMA, on Americans: “They watch in horror as children are torn...
    CLAIM: “The U.S. Postal Service. It is central to so much of our lives. Veterans count on the post office to get their prescriptions. Social Security beneficiaries count on the post office to get their checks,” Eva Longoria said Monday night during the first night of the Democrat convention. VERDICT: FALSE. Currently, the Social Security Administration pays approximately 98.8 percent of benefits electronically. Just 1.2 percent of benefits are paid by mailed checks. This is not a new development. Social Security has almost exclusively been paid by direct deposit for several years. Unless specifically requested otherwise, all new enrollees for benefits receive them by direct deposit. Breitbart News pointed this out last week when Barack Obama and other Democrat political...
    Washington (CNN)After former Vice President Joe Biden announced California Sen. Kamala Harris as his running mate, critics were quick to label her as far left while some progressives bemoaned her as too much of a moderate.President Donald Trump led the charge, telling Fox Business on Thursday that Harris was "the most liberal person in the US Senate." Facts First: Harris' voting record in the Senate is certainly one of the most liberal, though her record prior to the Senate is more moderate on some issues. After six years as California's attorney general, Harris was elected to the US Senate in 2016. Since then, she has co-sponsored bills aligned with several liberal causes including expanding gun control measures and passing "Medicare...
    His weekend claims capped a litany of distortion and falsehoods following Joe Biden's announcement of Harris as his running mate. He misrepresented Biden's position on taxes, persisted in minimizing the coronavirus threat and exaggerated his own record on the economy. A look at the past week's rhetoric, also covering Social Security and more: Mail voting TRUMP: "Absentee is good; mail-in, universal is very, very bad. There's no way they're going to get it accurately." — news conference Saturday. TRUMP: "The honorable thing to do is drop the Mail-In Scam before it is too late! Absentee Ballots, like they have in Florida, are good!" — tweet Saturday. THE FACTS: He's making a false distinction. Mail-in ballots are cast in the same...
    Washington (CNN)President Donald Trump said, as he has repeatedly in the past, that this is the worst pandemic since "1917" -- then added that the "1917" pandemic "probably ended the Second World War." Facts First: A massive flu pandemic is known to have caused tens of millions of deaths worldwide in 1918 and 1919, not 1917; there has been some research suggesting this flu was circulating in 1917, but it caused its vast destruction in the two following years. Regardless, this pandemic obviously did not end the "Second World War," which occurred from 1939 to 1945; it did sicken soldiers during the final year of World War I.
    A look at Trump's claim during a news conference Friday evening in Bedminster, New Jersey: TRUMP: "Over the next two weeks, I'll be pursuing a major executive order requiring health insurance companies to cover all preexisting conditions for all customers. That's a big thing. I've always been very strongly in favor. ... This has never been done before." THE FACTS: No executive order is needed to protect people with preexisting medical conditions because Obamacare already does that and it's the law of the land. If Trump persuades the Supreme Court to overturn the Affordable Care Act as unconstitutional, it's unclear what degree of protection an executive order would offer in place of the law. The Obama health law states that...
    Washington (CNN)As his support among the white suburban voters who helped propel him to the presidency has cratered, President Donald Trump has increasingly aimed to stoke fear and racial division at a time when the country faces a national reckoning on race. In recent months, the President has called Black Lives Matter a "symbol of hate," while also defending the Confederate flag. Overall he has painted an image of America descending into chaos, and argued that only he can provide the "law and order" needed to prop it back up. Last week the President highlighted his effort to protect suburbanites, touting his rollback of the Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing rule. The Obama-era update to a decades-old federal requirement aimed...
    Washington (CNN)During Tuesday's coronavirus briefing, President Donald Trump was asked about his retweets (which have since been deleted by Twitter) charging that Dr. Anthony Fauci misled the country about hydroxychloroquine, the anti-malaria drug Trump has repeatedly promoted as an effective treatment for coronavirus.Trump dismissed any notion of friction between himself and the nation's top infectious disease expert, saying he has "a very good relationship with Dr. Fauci" and that he agrees "with a lot of what he's said."Trump then suggested that his administration has largely followed Fauci's recommendations on fighting the pandemic. "And, for the most part, we've done pretty much what he and others -- Dr. (Deborah) Birx and others, who are terrific -- recommended." Facts First: This is...
    Washington (CNN)At his coronavirus briefing Tuesday evening, President Donald Trump began by touting a deal to turn Kodak into a pharmaceutical company to manufacture ingredients for generic drugs. He then read off a litany of facts and figures detailing his administration's efforts to manufacture items like gloves and masks and ventilators to deal with the pandemic. As is often the case with these briefings, however, Trump's scripted message eventually devolved into a series of false and misleading claims about the state of the pandemic. At one point, Trump claimed that "large portions" of the US are "corona free" (not true). He also claimed that protests in Seattle and Portland were leading to spiking cases there (also not true).Hydroxychloroquine Trump again...
    It's high time to leave the partisan politics behind and focus on the facts about face masks and whether or not they really work against COVID-19. On the radio program Tuesday, Glenn Beck spoke with Drs. Scott Jensen and George Rutherford about the scientific evidence that proves or disproves the effectiveness of mask wearing to stop the spread of the coronavirus. Then, Dr. Karyln Borysenko joined to break down where the massive political divide over masks came from in the first place. "I think if we were to talk about this a couple months ago, I might have said, 'Well, there's the science of masks, and there's the emotions of masks.' But, unfortunately, there's...
    Meanwhile Trump canceled Republican National Convention events in Jacksonville, Florida, bowing to the reality that many Republicans were reluctant to go a state where the virus has been out of control. And his press secretary peddled false internet rumors that "cancel culture" led to the cancellation of a cartoon about puppies. A review of some statements from the past week: TESTS TRUMP, on the United States approaching 50 million tests: "This allows us to isolate those who are infected, even those without symptoms. So we know exactly where it's going and when it's going to be there." — briefing Tuesday. THE FACTS: This is by no means true. In many if not most parts of the country, people who manage...
    During her Friday press briefing, White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany informed her viewers of news that was sure to devastate millions of kids. “Paw Patrol,” a beloved children’s show, was canceled, she said. Except, as the show would later point out, this was just another one of McEnany’s many lies and falsehoods. So how did McEnany come to spread false information about a popular kids’ program? Unsurprisingly, no reporter asked her about “Paw Patrol.” She brought it up herself in a screed against “cancel culture,” a nebulous idea that the president has latched on to in hopes that he can use the culture wars to win re-election. “He’s also opposed to cancel culture, and cancel culture specifically as it...
    Washington (CNN)In his return to coronavirus briefings after a hiatus of nearly three months, President Donald Trump has argued less with reporters, stuck more to his prepared texts and adopted a more somber speaking voice. But he has continued one of the staples of his briefing room appearances in March and April: downplaying the pandemic in ways that do not match reality. Downplaying, again At his Thursday briefing, Trump made a series of separate remarks in which he tried to make the situation in the US sound far better than it is. He said, "a lot of the country has no problem whatsoever -- most of the country actually." He said, of the outbreak in the Jacksonville, Florida area, where...
    CLAIM: Joe Biden claims that it’s President Donald Trump who wants to “defund the police.” VERDICT: FALSE. In fact, Trump has just announced new funding for law enforcement in troubled cities like Chicago. Former Vice President Joe Biden has been under attack recently from President Trump over calls by some Democrats to defund (or abolish) the police. Biden says he does not want to “defund” the police, but “redirect’ funding from police to other priorities. As Breitbart News recently demonstrated, “defunding” and “redirecting funds” mean the same thing. Biden, caught supporting a radical and deeply unpopular policy, tried to turn the tables at a fundraiser Monday evening: At a fundraiser tonight, @JoeBiden hit @realDonaldTrump over police funding. "All this talk about...
    Fox News’ Chris Wallace earned mostly across the board approval for his interview with President Donald Trump that aired Sunday, with many praising Wallace for his willingness to fact-check the president. Wallace spent the contentious interview pushing back on many of Trump’s claims and fact-checking him. The Fox News host appeared to appreciate the president’s willingness to sit down and answer tough questions, saying afterwards that “he had answers” – regardless of if Americans agreed or disagreed with what he said. After the interview, people from differing political backgrounds largely agreed that Wallace had a successful interview with Trump. CNN’s Chris Cillizza called Wallace “one of the most skilled — and best — interviewers in the news business.” “t was...
    Facebook has placed election labels on posts from both President Donald Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden. Hide Recent posts from both 2020 presidential rivals recently were given labels directing readers to “get official voting info on how to vote in the 2020 US Election at usa.gov” with a button that directs them to more information. Hide A label was placed on a Trump post on Tuesday about mail-in ballots. The president has repeatedly claimed, without evidence, that mail-in ballots sent out because of the coronavirus pandemic would somehow skew the election. His posts about the topic have been fact-checked by Twitter and led to criticism for Facebook about having more lax moderation about the president’s...
    Washington (CNN)Months into the coronavirus pandemic, much about the disease remains unknown. As several countries attempt to regain a sense of normalcy despite recent surges in cases, politicians and scientists alike are working to better understand how the virus spreads and how best to prevent future outbreaks. At the core of these efforts are a few critical questions: Can children transmit the virus? If you get the virus, how long are you contagious? Afterwards, are you immune or can you get re-infected? The answers to these questions will influence not only how countries reopen schools and offices but also have implications for how useful any eventual vaccine will be.Animating the debate on one particular point are some comments that Kentucky...
    By STEPHEN BRAUN, HOPE YEN and CALVIN WOODWARD, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's “ban” on travel from China is his go-to point when defending his response to the coronavirus pandemic. The problem with his core argument starts with the fact that he did not ban travel from China. He imposed porous restrictions. Over the past week, Trump cited his China action repeatedly and as part of a scattered indictment of Democratic presidential rival Joe Biden. Trump thoroughly misrepresented Biden's position on immigration and more, while an economic adviser with no public health credentials tried to discredit Dr. Anthony Fauci, the country's top infectious disease expert, with a scientific argument. It was a difficult week for discerning the...
    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump’s “ban” on travel from China is his go-to point when defending his response to the coronavirus pandemic. The problem with his core argument starts with the fact that he did not ban travel from China. He imposed porous restrictions. Over the past week, Trump cited his China action repeatedly and as part of a scattered indictment of Democratic presidential rival Joe Biden. Trump thoroughly misrepresented Biden’s position on immigration and more, while an economic adviser with no public health credentials tried to discredit Dr. Anthony Fauci, the country’s top infectious disease expert, with a scientific argument. It was a difficult week for discerning the reality of things. In review: THE ‘BAN’ TRUMP: “We would’ve...
    CLAIM: Joe Biden doesn’t want to abolish or defund the police; he just wants to redirect police funding to other uses. VERDICT: Mostly false. Even many activists say defunding the police and redirecting police funding mean the same thing. Fox News’ Chris Wallace generated buzz on Friday afternoon with the release of a clip from his White House interview with President Donald Trump, which will air in full on Sunday. Wallace “fact-checked” Trump’s claim that Biden wants to abolish or defund the police: Video: Fox News releases the first clip of Chris Wallaces exclusive interview with President Trump for @FoxNewsSunday. It features Wallace telling Trump hes incorrect to assert that Joe Biden wants to defund the police. pic.twitter.com/aUyyp7VjKF — Curtis...
    During a very contentious interview with a spokesperson for Donald Trump’s re-election campaign, CNN host Poppy Harlow was forced to cut-off senior advisor Mercedes Schlapp and list off all the times the president predicted the COVID-19 crisis would subside on its own. In the interview, which ran over 15 minutes, the CNN host and the Trump spokesperson repeatedly talked over each other, with Harlow at one time telling her guest that they had plenty of time to discuss the topics at hand and to please let her finish asking her questions. As host Harlow attempted to press her on the growing caseload of COVID-19 infections, Schlapp attempted to bring former Vice President Joe Biden into the conversation which forced the...
    Washington (CNN)The world took notice on May 26, when Twitter fact-checked President Donald Trump for the very first time. Trump posted a series of blatant lies about mail-in voting, and declared that "this will be a rigged election." Twitter responded swiftly, saying that the viral posts contained "potentially misleading" information, and slapped a fact-check label on them. But seven weeks later, and after a dozen similarly untruthful tweets from the President, that extraordinary step by Twitter looks more like a one-time aberration than the new normal. According to a CNN analysis, Trump's latest posts included misleading information about the mechanics of mail-in voting, flat-out lies that the system is plagued by widespread fraud, and false accusations that Democrats are using...
    CLAIM: CBS News says “Black Americans are more likely to die at the hands of law enforcement than White people.” VERDICT: Unclear. A key study shows that police are more likely to shoot white people. And there is more to the story. On Tuesday, CBS News released an interview with President Donald Trump in which Catherine Herridge asked a provocative question — a version of the “systemic racism” question that journalists cannot seem to stop asking: Herridge: Let’s talk about George Floyd. You said George Floyd’s death is a terrible thing. Trump: Terrible. Herridge: Why are African Americans still dying at the hands of law enforcement in this country? Trump: And so are white people. So are white people. What a terrible question to...
    The state of Florida has faced intense scrutiny over a rising number of coronavirus cases, including attacks from Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D-NY), even though New York’s handling of the pandemic has resulted in seven times more deaths and devastation of nursing home residents. In the past few weeks, Cuomo has made several media appearances in a sort of victory lap, criticizing his political rivals like Gov. Ron DeSantis (R-FL) and President Donald Trump for their approaches to the outbreak. “I say to them all look at the numbers,” Cuomo told CNN’s Alisyn Camerota last month. “You played politics with this virus, and you lost. You told the people of this state, you told the people of this country, the White House,...
    Their comments came as Trump continued to spread falsehoods about a pandemic that is taking a disproportionate hit on the U.S. and is not under control. A look at recent claims and reality: SCHOOLS McENANY: "Just last week you heard Dr. Redfield say that children are not spreading this." — Monday on Fox News Channel's "Fox and Friends" THE FACTS: No, Dr. Robert Redfield, the CDC director, did not say that. He said officials don't have evidence that children are "driving" infections at this point. But they have not ruled out that children spread the virus to adults. Dr. Deborah Birx, the White House coronavirus coordinator, said last week the government doesn't have enough data to show whether and to...
    Washington (CNN)In the debate over whether schools across the US should open in the fall, questions continue to be raised about how the coronavirus affects children. Proponents of reopening schools have argued that children have largely been spared the worst effects of the virus and have pointed to guidelines published by the American Academy of Pediatrics in late June that advocated for "all policy considerations for the coming school year [start] with a goal of having students physically present in school."When Republican Texas Sen. John Cornyn was asked about reopening schools in Texas, one of the hotspots of the recent surge in cases -- he told a local NBC affiliate Thursday that "we still don't know whether children can get...
    Tucker Carlson opened his Thursday night show with a full-on broadside against Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden. During his attack, the Fox News host claimed the 2020 hopeful wanted to take New York’s cash bail reform nationwide and Carlson squarely blamed the policy for the recent spike in violent crime in New York City. However, the New York Police Department’s own crime stats tell a very different story. “These are the people who will run the country if Joe Biden is elected in November, so what’s their plan? In a sentence, they’d like to make the rest of America very much like our biggest cities have become. Squalid, dangerous, chaotic and unhappy,” Carlson ominously warned at the start of...
    Washington (CNN)No matter how high the daily number of new coronavirus cases has gotten, President Donald Trump has responded with the argument he repeated on Thursday: the big number is just more evidence of the country's success with testing."Cases, Cases, Cases! If we didn't test so much and so successfully, we would have very few cases," Trump tweeted on Saturday."There is a rise in Coronavirus cases because our testing is so massive and so good, far bigger and better than any other country," he tweeted last week. Facts First: Trump's claims have been comprehensively inaccurate.Trump's own officials and his Republican allies have acknowledged it's not true that a rising number of tests is the reason the number of cases has...
    Washington (CNN)Hours after the June jobs report -- which announced an increase of 4.8 million jobs -- was released Thursday morning, former Vice President Joe Biden gave a speech lambasting President Donald Trump over his response to the coronavirus.Biden, the presumptive Democratic nominee to challenge Trump in November, attacked the President for not mentioning the US hitting an all-time high for coronavirus cases in his speech earlier that day, ridiculed the lack of oversight in stimulus programs and told Trump to "act, lead ... or get out of the way so others can." We took a look at the facts around some of the accusations he leveled against the President and his administration. Federal guidelines on reopening Biden suggested that...
    Washington (CNN)President Donald Trump took a victory lap in the White House press briefing room on Thursday morning on the expectations-beating June jobs report -- and, as he has since January, dishonestly downplayed the coronavirus crisis.Trump claimed that, just like in China and Europe, the situation in the US is "getting under control." He said health experts "continue to address the temporary hot spots in certain cities and counties." And he said "we have some areas where we're putting out the flames or the fires, and that's working out well ... I think you'll see that shortly."Facts First: As government officials have confirmed this week, the pandemic situation in the US is worsening; it is not a matter of isolated...
    Every day, there is one rumour or conspiracy theory surrounding Sushant Singh Rajput’s untimely demise that is being fervently discussed on social media. Most of them are untrue, but they often given the propagators wrong reasons to blame certain people without valid proof. The Bollywood actor died by suicide in his flat in Mumbai on June 14. The police, in its initial investigations, didn’t find any suicide letter. But there has been a huge chatter going around on foul play involved in the actor’s demise. Sushant Singh Rajput Demise: Mumbai Police to Record Shekhar Kapur’s Statement Next After Interrogating Sanjana Sanghi for 7 Hours. Now the latest rumour going around is that someone edited Sushant’s Wikipedia page much before his...
    Washington (CNN)Facing a barrage of questions over President Donald Trump's handling of intelligence about alleged Russian bounties to kill US soldiers in Afghanistan, White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany responded Tuesday by arguing that Trump has long worked to keep troops out of harm's way.Among the things McEnany said was that Trump is "on record for decades and decades and decades opposing -- opposing foreign wars."She continued, "You have this President who, when Washington was unanimous in saying, 'We're going into Iraq,' this President said, 'No, that's not the right decision.'" Facts First: Trump never publicly opposed the 2003 invasion of Iraq before it occurred. Rather, he expressed tentative support for the invasion in late 2002 and waffled in early...
    Washington (CNN)Campaigning as the candidate of "law and order," President Donald Trump keeps claiming that he is the one who got the National Guard deployed to deal with rioting in Minnesota.According to Trump and his team, Trump made the Guard deployment happen over the objections of the state's Democratic leaders."I brought it out five days after they started. They wouldn't use the National Guard. I brought the National Guard to -- I told them, I said, 'You got to get the National Guard.' We got them in. Everything stopped in Minneapolis. It was really an amazing thing, actually, to see, and they had no problems after we called out the Guard," Trump said in an interview with Nexstar on June...
    WASHINGTON (AP) — It’s been a frequent Trump administration talking point on the recent spike in COVID-19 infections: Don’t worry, only a small sliver of U.S. counties is at greater risk. In offering this reassurance, Vice President Mike Pence and Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar have said that only 3% or 4% of counties in the country are seeing a surge in cases. Focus on the “encouraging signs,” Pence told senators last week. But they and other administration officials are skirting a key fact: More than 20% of Americans live in those relatively few counties. The White House has repeatedly cited the low county tally, and Pence reaffirmed the point in a televised interview Sunday. He argued...
    Washington (CNN)An egregiously deceptive campaign video posted on Facebook and Twitter by President Donald Trump on Saturday takes quotes from prominent Democrats out of context to wrongly make it seem as if they had encouraged or defended violence.The video, which had more than 53,000 retweets as of Monday afternoon, juxtaposes clips of people rioting and looting with unrelated quotes from House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, presidential candidate and former Vice President Joe Biden and Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez -- effectively changing the meaning of each Democrat's remark.The Pelosi quoteAfter showing a clip of a burning vehicle that had been vandalized with the anti-police insult "pig," the video shows Pelosi saying, "I just don't even know why there aren't uprisings all over the...
    A few hours back, a video of actor Javed Hyder, who has been in the entertainment industry and has shared screen space with the likes of Sanjay Dutt and Aamir Khan, selling vegetables on the streets of Mumbai to augment his income owing to lack of work during the COVID-19 lockdown, went viral. What only made the video seem authentic was the fact that actress and television personality Dolly Bindra had shared the video on her social media profile. Aamir Khan’s Ghulam Co-Star Javed Hyder Is Earning His Livelihood Amid the COVID-19 Pandemic by Selling Vegetables? TikTok Video Goes Viral!. However, after a thorough fact check, we have determined that the video was a mere TikTok that the actor made,...
    The Washington Post was lampooned over the weekend for running a story claiming to disprove President Trump’s statement that most violence occurs in cities run by Democrats, but the data essentially backed up the president's case and the paper ran it anyway. Washington Post correspondent Philip Bump wrote an analysis piece headlined, “Trump keeps claiming that the most dangerous cities in America are all run by Democrats. They aren’t.” Bump criticized Trump for often noting that most of America’s major cities are run by Democrats. WASHINGTON POST UNDER FIRE FOR 'CANCELING' WOMAN OVER OFFENSIVE COSTUME AT STAFFER'S 2018 HALLOWEEN PARTY “You hear about certain places like Chicago and you hear about what’s going on in Detroit and other — other cities, all Democrat run,” Trump recently said, according to...
    By CALVIN WOODWARD and HOPE YEN, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's persistent see-no-evil posture on coronavirus testing — if you don't look for the virus, the cases go away — defies both science and street sense. Yet he took it a step further with a comment suggesting that testing be restrained so the pandemic doesn't look so bad. His aides passed that off as a joke. Trump contradicted them, saying he wasn't kidding. Then he contradicted himself, saying he was. Meanwhile, over the weekend, Trump cited powers he actually doesn't have as he suggested he had imposed 10-year prison sentences for vandalism of monuments. The president did not — and cannot —- unilaterally change such laws. So...
    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump’s persistent see-no-evil posture on coronavirus testing — if you don’t look for the virus, the cases go away — defies both science and street sense. Yet he took it a step further with a comment suggesting that testing be restrained so the pandemic doesn’t look so bad. His aides passed that off as a joke. Trump contradicted them, saying he wasn’t kidding. Then he contradicted himself, saying he was. Meanwhile, over the weekend, Trump cited powers he actually doesn’t have as he suggested he had imposed 10-year prison sentences for vandalism of monuments. The president did not — and cannot —- unilaterally change such laws. So it went over the past week as America’s...
    By CALVIN WOODWARD and HOPE YEN, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's persistent see-no-evil posture on coronavirus testing — if you don't look for the virus, the cases go away — defies both science and street sense. Yet he took it a step further with a comment suggesting that testing be restrained so the pandemic doesn't look so bad. His aides passed that off as a joke. Trump contradicted them, saying he wasn't kidding. Then he contradicted himself, saying he was. So it went over the past week as America's reckoning with disease and racism navigated a fog of falsehoods and distortions from the president. A sampling: JUST KIDDING? TRUMP: “You know testing is a double-edged sword. ......
    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump’s persistent see-no-evil posture on coronavirus testing — if you don’t look for the virus, the cases go away — defies both science and street sense. Yet he took it a step further with a comment suggesting that testing be restrained so the pandemic doesn’t look so bad. His aides passed that off as a joke. Trump contradicted them, saying he wasn’t kidding. Then he contradicted himself, saying he was. So it went over the past week as America’s reckoning with disease and racism navigated a fog of falsehoods and distortions from the president. A sampling: JUST KIDDING? TRUMP: “You know testing is a double-edged sword. … Here’s the bad part. When you test to...
    Washington (CNN)President Donald Trump falsely claimed again on Thursday that his Democratic opponent, former Vice President Joe Biden, is using the coronavirus pandemic to try to get out of debating him."Now, he's already saying that he can't do debates because of Covid. Do you believe it? 'I can't do the debates because of Covid.' That was -- I just heard a little inkling of it two days ago. I said, 'Watch this one,'" Trump said during a Fox News town hall event in Wisconsin with host Sean Hannity. Facts First: Trump's claim is entirely baseless. Biden has officially committed to participating in the three scheduled presidential debates -- and Biden has repeatedly said he is eager to debate Trump even...
    Washington (CNN)The Supreme Court ruled last week against President Donald Trump's attempt to terminate DACA, an Obama administration program that protects from deportation and gives work permits to some undocumented immigrants who came to the US as children.Trump responded to the court's decision with two tweets that were full of false and misleading claims. Here's a breakdown.Trump tweeted: "I have wanted to take care of DACA recipients better than the Do Nothing Democrats, but for two years they refused to negotiate - They have abandoned DACA." Facts First: It is nonsensical to claim that Trump has been trying to support DACA recipients better than Democrats. Trump has repeatedly tried to end DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) despite vocal...
    It is not a new thing for people to get duped in the pretext of ‘winning’ money or being being a part of ‘lucky draw.’ Despite so many warnings and instructions by the cyber crime experts, people still fall prey to such easy money temptations that somehow reach to them through WhatsApp forwards, fake phone calls, fake E-mails or other such mediums. Here is one more such fake WhatsApp forward related to Amitabh Bachchan’s quiz show, Kaun Banega Corepati (KBC). This poster claims that the person who received it won Rs 25,00,000 as prize money. KBC Lottery Fraud: Fraudsters Dupe Mumbai Woman of Rs 2.90 Lakh by Sending Her Fake Copies of KBC Lucky Draw Certificate & Cheque on WhatsApp....
    Washington (CNN)President Donald Trump's administration has confirmed that Trump has been wildly inaccurate when he has claimed he inherited "no ventilators" from the Obama administration.Ventilator figures released for the first time by the Department of Health and Human Services this week definitively debunk Trump's narrative about how his team was left "empty cupboards" in the national stockpile.A spokesperson for the department said there were 16,660 ventilators available in the stockpile in March for immediate use -- far more than the 10,760 ventilators the Trump administration has actually ended up distributing during the coronavirus pandemic as of Tuesday.And those 16,660 available ventilators "did not include any acquired by the current administration," the spokesperson said, speaking on behalf of the department but...
    WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. government’s top public health leaders on Tuesday shot down assertions by President Donald Trump that the coronavirus pandemic is under control and the U.S. is excelling in testing for the virus. The pandemic that Trump has said is “fading” is actually surging in many states, they said, and the need to expand testing is “critical.” Dr. Anthony Fauci and other public health authorities also refuted Trump’s statement that he told them to ease up on testing because it looks bad to bring more sickness to light. They also made clear that the rise in cases recently is not just from increased testing, as Trump and Vice President Mike Pence repeatedly suggest, but also from states...
    Internet can’t get over the shocking demise of Sushant Singh Rajput. The Bollywood actor’s suicide has raised many questions and also has given a rise to multiple reports and fake news as well. One such piece of news doing the rounds on the internet was about the late star’s pet dog, Fudge’s death. Some social media posts were going viral claiming that Fudge lost his life just in a few days after Sushant’s demise. However, that’s totally not true. Karan Johar’s Koffee With Karan 6 To Be Shelved Due To Backlash After Sushant Singh Rajput’s Demise?. As per the report by TOI, the rumours of Fudge’s death are complete false and that he is doing fine. They also mentioned...
    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump falsely said at his rally Saturday night that Democratic rival Joe Biden apologized for opposing his restrictions on travel from China early in the coronavirus pandemic. Scrambling to explain an unusually thin rally crowd, his campaign wrongly pinned blame on blockades by protesters for driving the masses away. Trump spoke in Tulsa, Oklahoma, in an arena with thousands of empty seats, a striking disconnect from the million people he had said wanted to come. It was his first rally in months and played out as coronavirus infections have been rising in Tulsa and the state. Trump’s remarks followed days of self-congratulation as well as trashing of the Obama administration in which Biden served as...
    The list of products, people, and apps that people want to boycott and ban these days is so long that it is almost tough to keep a track. Add to it one more. Many right-wing supporters have been calling for a ban on a Shah Rukh Khan film, titled, Tipu Sultan or Tippu Sultan at some places or even Sher-e-Mysore: Tippu Sultan, India’s First Freedom Fighter. One Facebook post that has been shared 32,000 times, reads “The actor selected for the role has been carefully chosen as he has the same ‘Jihadi’ mentality. Now Hindus will buy tickets worth Rs 300-500 to watch the movie and the film industry will enjoy.” It is not the only post using the potentially inciting...
    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump prefaced the revival of his campaign rallies with days of self-congratulation, a familiar pattern that has not been disturbed by the traumas of this time. He devoted attention to the Obama administration, trashing it even while claiming some of its achievements as his own. Perhaps most brazenly, he claimed credit for reducing suicides by veterans and offering them same-day emergency mental health counseling at Department of Veterans Affairs centers, achievements he inherited and did not build on. Trump has been preparing for his Tulsa, Oklahoma, rally on Saturday night, which shaped up to be the first indoor event of such a massive scale since the coronavirus pandemic took hold. Some public health officials implored...
    THE FACTS: The curve has actually been spiking higher since late May, not flattening. Oklahoma did report just 41 new coronavirus cases on May 28, a relative low compared with early April. But infections have since increased. Over the weekend, the state posted sharply higher numbers and set a daily record of new cases on Tuesday, at 228. Oklahoma is among the nearly half of the states that have seen coronavirus infections rise since May when governors began loosening social distancing orders. In Tulsa, where a Trump rally is scheduled for Saturday, the infection rate is also rising steadily after remaining moderate for months. The four-day average number of new cases in the city has doubled from the previous peak...
    WASHINGTON (AP) — Seizing on a medical milestone that doesn’t exist, President Donald Trump said Tuesday he thinks the same scientific expertise that produced a vaccine for AIDS can deliver one soon for COVID-19, too. There is no vaccine for AIDS. Trump also accused the previous administration of making no effort to stop abusive policing, ignoring a conspicuous drive by President Barack Obama to do just that. Trump addressed policing and the pandemic in remarks at the White House for the signing of an executive order encouraging better law enforcement practices. A day earlier, his vice president mischaracterized the state of the pandemic in Oklahoma as Trump gears up for a weekend rally in Tulsa, his first such event...
    Fox News host Tucker McNair Swanson Carlson kicked off his primetime program Monday with a monologue about a protest in Texas, which was so ridded with inaccuracies that the Fort Worth Police Department felt compelled to issue its own fact-check. In a lengthy diatribe, Carlson conceded that Black Lives Matter was more popular than President Donald Trump by 20 points and claimed that the mantra was “the entire premise behind our founding documents.” However, those documents literally said black lives mattered three-fifths as much as those of landowners who were free, male and white. Carlson then turned his focus to Fort Worth Police Chief Ed Kraus, who the Fox News host criticized for what he described as a negligent level of obsequy to violent protesters. Carlson said he chose to call out Fort Worth, in particular, because the city was led...
    Washington (CNN)During a White House roundtable Monday, Vice President Mike Pence claimed that Oklahoma - where President Donald Trump is scheduled to hold a campaign rally Saturday - has seen a decline in the number of coronavirus cases. "In a very real sense they've flattened the curve," Pence said of Oklahoma. "The number of cases in Oklahoma has declined precipitously." Facts First: Oklahoma's number of newly reported positive cases has been increasing since late May, not steeply declining.Read More A record 225 new cases were reported in Oklahoma on Saturday. On Sunday that number declined to 158 new cases and went back up to 186 on Monday according to Oklahoma's State Department of Health. In its latest weekly...
    THE FACTS: Although it's true that children are less likely than adults to develop COVID-19, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has nevertheless counted more than 86,000 infections by the virus in Americans younger than 18. Trump's statements overlook severe COVID-19 illnesses and some deaths of children in the U.S., even though kids in general tend to get less sick from it than adults do. He also glosses over the fact that kids can spread disease without showing symptoms themselves. The CDC in April studied the pandemic's effect on different ages in the U.S. and reviewed preliminary research in China, where the coronavirus started. It said social distancing is important for children, too, for their own safety and that...
    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump may be giving parents a false sense of security when it comes to kids and COVID-19. In remarks Monday, Trump expressed a desire to have K-12 schools reopen in the fall in “full blast” while minimizing the risk that children and adults who are around them may face from the coronavirus. TRUMP, on children: “They’ve come out of this at a level that’s really inconceivable. By the way, the regular flu, other flus, other things, SARS or H1N1, any of them, if you look at the young people they were affected like everybody else, but for whatever reason with respect to COVID, the numbers are very, very low.” THE FACTS: Although it’s true...
    His statements came in a week of law-and-order rhetoric mixed with heavy doses of misinformation as he stretched to blame unrest on radical leftists and to put three loaded words — "defund the police" — in the mouth of a Democratic rival who doesn't support them. Both Defense Secretary Mark Esper and Gen. Mark Milley, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, have sought to distance themselves from Trump following his warning that he could use active-duty military forces to clamp down on protests spurred by George Floyd's death in police custody. A look at recent claims and the facts: MILITARY TRUMP: "The savage ISIS caliphate has been 100% destroyed under the Trump administration." — remarks Saturday at West...