Fact check: Photograph showing protesters damaging roads is from South Africa, not U.S.

Social media users have been sharing a photograph of a group of people digging holes in a road and claiming that this is happening in the United States. This claim is false. The photograph was taken in South Africa.Reuters Fact Check. REUTERSExamples can be seen  here and  here  . The photographs show men on a damaged highway, and…

FACT CHECK: Does This Photo Show Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear At The 2020 Kentucky Derby Without A Mask? thumbnail

FACT CHECK: Does This Photo Show Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear At The 2020 Kentucky Derby Without A Mask?

An image shared on Facebook purportedly shows Democratic Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear at the 2020 Kentucky Derby while not wearing a mask. Verdict: False The image actually shows Beshear at the 2017 Longines Kentucky Oaks. He did not attend the 2020 Kentucky Derby in person. Fact Check: The Kentucky Derby is typically held the first…

FACT CHECK: Viral Image Claims To Show ‘Kids In Cages’ During The Obama Administration thumbnail

FACT CHECK: Viral Image Claims To Show ‘Kids In Cages’ During The Obama Administration

An image shared on Facebook over 17,000 times purportedly shows children being held in a detention center during the Obama administration. Screenshot/Facebook Verdict: False The photo was taken in 2019 during a congressional visit to a border detention center. Fact Check: The post makes the claim that the photo was taken in 2014 while seemingly…

AP FACT CHECK: Trump tweets distort truth on National Guard

WASHINGTON (AP) — It’s become a pattern when unrest flares in a city: President Donald Trump suggests he has National Guard troops ready to send to the scene and takes credit for dispatching them and restoring calm while he accuses Democrats of being squishy on law and order.That’s a distortion.Trump omits the fact that he…

FACT CHECK: Did Jill Biden Say, ‘All Americans Will Be Required To Learn Spanish When We Win’? thumbnail

FACT CHECK: Did Jill Biden Say, ‘All Americans Will Be Required To Learn Spanish When We Win’?

A viral Facebook post claims Jill Biden, the wife of Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden, said, “All Americans will be required to learn Spanish when we win.” Verdict: False There is no record of Jill Biden making the comment. The claim originates from a satire website. Fact Check: Jill Biden has frequently appeared on the…

FACT CHECK: Viral Image Claims Jacob Blake Sexually Assaulted A 14-Year-Old thumbnail

FACT CHECK: Viral Image Claims Jacob Blake Sexually Assaulted A 14-Year-Old

An image shared on Facebook over 12,000 times claims Jacob Blake, the black man shot multiple times in the back by police in Wisconsin, raped a 14-year-old. Verdict: False While legal documents show that Blake has been charged with third-degree sexual assault against an adult in July, there is no indication he raped a 14-year-old.…

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RNC fact check: Trump speech filled with falsehoods

By Brooks Jackson, Eugene Kiely, Lori Robertson, Robert Farley, Jessica McDonald, D’Angelo Gore, Rem Rieder and Saranac Hale Spencer, FactCheck.orgAt the close of the Republican National Convention on Thursday night, President Donald Trump distorted the facts on the economy, COVID-19, health care, the military, immigration, policing and foreign affairs.Here is the analysis:EconomyNot the “greatest” in…

Fact check: Does Biden support government-funded abortions? thumbnail

Fact check: Does Biden support government-funded abortions?

Jane C. Timm 5h ago / 4:52 AM UTCPence zeroed in on abortion Wednesday night, claiming that Biden “supports taxpayer funding of abortion right up to the moment of birth.”Biden supports abortion rights. Elective abortions do not occur “up until the moment of birth.” Just 1.2 percent occur after 21 weeks of gestation, according to the latest data.Biden…

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AP FACT CHECK: GOP taps distortions to heap praise on Trump

WASHINGTON (AP) – Crucial context was missing Tuesday when Republicans heaped praise on President Donald Trump for his judgment on world affairs and handling of the economy. Trump’s economic adviser wholly distorted the conditions Trump inherited. A look at rhetoric from the second night of the virtual Republican National Convention: LARRY KUDLOW, Trump economic adviser:…

FACT CHECK: Viral Image Claims Abraham Lincoln Said, ‘You Cannot Help The Poor By Destroying The Rich’ thumbnail

FACT CHECK: Viral Image Claims Abraham Lincoln Said, ‘You Cannot Help The Poor By Destroying The Rich’

An image shared on Facebook over 55,000 times claims President Abraham Lincoln once said, “You cannot help the poor by destroying the rich,” among other maxims. Verdict: False There is no evidence Lincoln said or wrote the quote. It comes from the writings of clergyman William J. H. Boetcker. Fact Check: The post shares a…

FACT CHECK: Did Scientists Discover Devils Tower Was Originally A Giant Tree? thumbnail

FACT CHECK: Did Scientists Discover Devils Tower Was Originally A Giant Tree?

A viral Facebook post shared over 1,500 times claims scientists discovered that the Devils Tower rock formation in Wyoming was originally a giant tree. Verdict: False Devils Tower is made up of igneous rock. The claim appears to have originated on a satirical Facebook page. Fact Check: The post claims that scientists discovered Devils Tower…