Beyond the Truth-O-Meter

Did Aretha Franklin ‘Work for’ Donald Trump on Numerous Occasions?

Remarking on the Queen of Soul's passing in August 2018, President Trump said, "She worked for me on numerous occasions."

Refugees, immigrants eligible for same health care programs as citizens

Question: My neighbors keep telling me that the government pays for immigrants' health insurance. I don't think that's true, but I'd like to know the facts.

Did the CDC Admit to Giving a 'Cancer Virus via the Polio Shot'?

It should come as no surprise to TWS Fact Check readers that much confusion and misinformation surrounds the subject of vaccines.

Has the sex-trafficking law eliminated 90 percent of sex-trafficking ads?

Rep. Ann Wagner (R-Mo.) claims that "sex trafficking" ads have declined 90 percent, but that's stale data.

Truth-Testing Trump’s 250-Plus Attacks on the Russia Inquiry

We assessed President Trump’s claims about Russia’s interference in the 2016 election and the ensuing federal investigation of his campaign.

Trump overstates his role in black job gains

President Donald Trump is taking unjustified credit for recent job gains by black Americans even as he defends himself against claims of racism.

Did Education Secretary Betsy DeVos Register Her Yacht in the Cayman Islands?

Several viral memes made unfounded assumptions based on the complicated inner workings of the DeVos family's business interests.

Cherry-Picking to Overhype Jobs Gains from Tax Cuts

The GOP cherry-picked states with the largest number of job gains this year to promote its claim that "GOP tax cuts have fueled a massive acceleration in job growth since this time last year."

Trump's parade of mistruths

Good news: it sounds like the president is reading media fact checks. The bad news: he doesn't think such fact checks are right, or fair.

Did President Trump Say If Soldiers Were ‘Real Patriots,’ They Wouldn’t Take a Pay Raise?

While speaking to U.S. troops about an upcoming military pay increase, Trump joked that he knew they didn't really want a raise because they're "very patriotic."

Has Russia hacked into Florida’s election system? There’s no evidence.

Sen. Bill Nelson (D-Fla.) insists that Russia has breached Florida's election systems and could wipe out voter registration records. But there's no evidence to back him up.

No Pritzker plan to increase taxes 26 percent

Republican Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner is telling voters that his Democratic opponent J.B. Pritzker plans to raise taxes by 26 percent if he's elected to office.

Did Queen Elizabeth Suggest Deporting Muslims 'To Avoid Bloody Terrorist Attacks'?

“Why, sometimes I've believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast"—the Queen.

Ohio voters in special election not over 116

While it may appear on paper that people so old are voting in the bellwether state, that is not the case.

Was a ‘Muslim Extremist’ Granted Bail by a ‘Liberal Democrat’ Judge After Training Children to Shoot Up Schools?

Despite Internet outrage saying otherwise, New Mexico "compound" defendant Siraj Ibn Wahhaj has not been released on bond, because he is being held on an out-of-state warrant.

Who is Bruce Ohr and why does Trump keep tweeting about him?

President Trump keeps tweeting about a sideline figure in the Russia probe. Here's a guide to what we know.

White House Falsely Claims Trump Has Created More Jobs for Black Americans Than Obama Did

Sarah Huckabee Sanders, the White House press secretary, said the economy added only 195,000 jobs for African-Americans under President Barack Obama. In fact, it added about three million.

Stories Conflate Immigration Issues

Did the Obama administration separate 72,410 children From their families in 2013? That's the number of immigrants removed that year who had U.S.-born children. But viral stories wrongly conflate removals with President Trump's zero tolerance policy.

Bogus Claim of Voter Fraud in Ohio

Were there "major signs of voter fraud" in Ohio's congressional special election? No. The Ohio Secretary of State’s office says there have been no reports of voter fraud.

PAC Attack on Kelli Ward Badly Misfires

A group calling itself DefendArizona attacks Senate candidate Kelli Ward of Arizona in a TV ad filled with images of terrorists and misstatements of facts: