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Did some White House staffers organize themselves to call for ceasefire in Gaza?

This TikTok post claims some WH staffers organized themselves to protest the US administration's handling of the Gaza war and published a statement to that effect. The alleged statement mentions Aaron ...
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Did the opposition candidate for PM in Hungary's 2022 election only get 5 minutes on state TV?

Why the Polish Elections Cannot Be Repeated in Orbán's Hungary: In the 2022 campaign, the opposition candidate for prime minister got a total of only five minutes (!) of airtime on state television. ...
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Is the leaked Aiden Hale "manifesto" authentic?

The 2023 Nashville school shooting was carried out by a transgender man, Aiden Hale. Conservative political commentator Steven Crowder tweeted some photos of handwritten notes in a notebook, ...
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Did "Joe the Plumber" perform plumbing work for money between when he left the Air Force and October 2008?

"Joe the Plumber" aka Joe Wurzelbacher gained attention in the 2008 US presidential campaign between Obama and McCain and passed away recently. In the original discussion with Obama that ...
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Did Nelson Mandela read The Economist in prison?

An ad for The Economist stated that he read the Economist in prison as a clever way of getting around a rule forbidding him to read the news, until authorities found him out and cancelled the ...
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Does BlackRock own 15% of Fox News?

In a recent YouTube live stream by The Grayzone, the hosts, Max Blumenthal and Aaron Mate, stated (~8m:53s) that investment management firms, Vanguard and BlackRock are: the two largest owners of ...
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Did Time Magazine publish an article in 1931 explaining how to prepare and roll marijuana?

According to a Feb 3, 2021 blog entry ("Why Is Marijuana Called Reefer?") of Kushfly, a medical cannabis company, Time Magazine published an article in 1931 explaining how to roll a "...
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Did KFC send out a “Kristallnacht” themed promotional deal to customers in Germany?

According to this November 10, 2022 article titled “KFC apologises for Kristallnacht chicken and cheese promotion” in The Guardian (U.K.) newspaper: “KFC has apologised for a push notification sent ...
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Did the New York Times misleadingly remove Alex Jones' book from the NYT Bestseller's list?

Tucker Carlson claimed in a recent segment that The New York Times lied by leaving Alex Jones' new book The Great Reset off its rightful position of number one on its bestsellers' list: Tucker ...
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Did Facebook claim its fact-checks are legally "just opinions"?

Multiple websites and media say: Facebook claims its 'fact-check' are just protected opinions, according to Facebook's legal team. However, I have not found any official Facebook sources for this ...
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Did CNN alter Joe Rogan's appearance in their coverage regarding his Covid-19 infection in late 2021?

The Blaze reports Joe Rogan charged CNN of "yellow journalism" on Friday, accusing the network of literally altering the Instagram video he posted last fall in which he announced he had ...
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Did the BBC interview a relative of Augusto Pinochet regarding the Chilean election?

This verified Twitter post shows a BBC "man in the street interview" of a Chilean voter who is allegedly a relative of former dictator Augusto Pinochet. I've tried to research more but the ...
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Did CNN use "lightened" photos of Darrell Brooks?

I recently found an image of a tweet shared on Reddit showing CNN using a photo of Darell Brooks (the man who recently drove an SUV into a parade crowd) that makes him look more white. Presumably, ...
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Are covid vaccines causing additional cardiac events amongst athletes?

In the video "Dozens of pro athletes suddenly experiencing cardiac arrest" on "Truth in Media" the reporter Vince Swan implies that Covid vaccines are causing cardiac events in ...
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Has CNN lost 70% of their audience compared to the beginning of the year, mainly because Trump is no longer president?

An opinion piece in The Hill says: That's what happens when all-things-Trump are myopically put at the forefront of every offering: You take J.R. Ewing off "Dallas," and there's no more &...
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Did the Daily Express newspaper call Josef Fritzl the most evil Austrian in history?

LINK The video is extremely NSFW. Jimmy Carr in the video claimed that an English newspaper claimed that Josef Fritzl was the evilest Austrian in history, did that actually happen?
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Did the Voice of America become more critical of the US after the end of the Cold War?

In a speech given to Voice of America (VOA) staff towards the end of the Trump presidency, Mike Pompeo (who was Secretary of State at the time) stated that after the end of the Cold War VOA (like ...
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Have there been no long lines or price hikes for gas in the eastern US?

On May 11, 2021, the New York Times reported Colonial Pipeline, a vital U.S. fuel artery that was shut down by a cyberattack, said it hoped to restore most operations by the end of the week. Since ...
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Did a BBC headline originally misspell “analyst” as “analcyst”?

Back in 2017, a number of tweets circulated ostensibly showing a Facebook embed of a BBC headline with an unfortunate typo. An example of such a Tweet: https://twitter.com/ClaireHammond/status/...
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Is this a genuine New York Times job ad for Russia Correspondent?

Is this a genuine New York Times job ad? International Opportunities Russia Correspondent Moscow, Russia Job Description Vladimir Putin’s Russia remains one of the biggest stories in the world. It ...
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Are there currently more large fires in Africa and South America than the rest of the world?

This has been doing the rounds on Twitter: NASA fire map shows the absolute failure of mainstream media for not expressing how devasting fires in southern Africa and South America are. Certainly to ...
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Was post-DNC polling concealed?

The Twitter account of Republican pollster Rasmussen Reports just tweeted this: Last night @donlemon called for the rioting to end, "because it's showing up in the polling." What polling? ...
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Do the majority of doctors in the USA support hydroxychloroquine use for covid-19?

The Claim Scott Adams recently made the claim that the majority of doctors in the USA support the use of hydroxychloroquine. Normally a cartoonist's podcast would not be a notable source for a claim, ...
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Did President Trump suggest the public should inject disinfectant? [closed]

A number of media outlets recently released articles loudly announcing that Donald Trump suggested use of disinfectant internally for Covid19. For example this quote in relation to disinfectant from ...
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Did Matt Drudge sell the Drudge Report?

After President Trump today tweeted "he gave up on Drudge", quite a lot of his responses claimed that Matt Drudge sold the Drudge Report and is under a Non-Disclosure Agreement. Here is a sample tweet....
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Did CNN use a photo from Houston in a story about impacts of COVID-19 in San Francisco?

In a public post on Facebook dated March 13, an individual named Jeremy Jack claims that his photo was misused by CNN "to incite mass hysteria around the issue" of COVID-19. Okay.. I have ...
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Is participating in a campaign advert a fireable offence for US journalists?

Quoting the left-wing news outlet Vox: In 2016, Hannity appeared in a bananas pro-Trump campaign ad. Sean Hannity: ...and of course he's gonna build that wall. He says he's going to have Mexico pay ...
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Valves sold for 11k$ to hospital in italy?

Currently there are big news articles about some guys that printed some valves for a hospital in need as the supplier wasn't able to provide the needed parts fast enough. The media says that the ...
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Did the Biden campaign ever send out a "decree" to keep Rudy Giuliani off television?

In an 11/2019 interview with Fox News, Rudy Giuliani said in reference to former Vice President Joe Biden: Sounds like a poor imitation of the Godfather. I mean, this is the guy who sent out a decree ...
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Is Fox News not classified as a news channel?

This article mentions in passing: I even pointed out how Fox News wasn’t even a news channel. It changed classification in 2018. That one blew a few minds. The article references Fox News T&Cs,...
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Is a Gazan woman running for Office in Belgium?

I am currently researching some information about Gazans who manage to emigrate in order to improve this answer. During this process I have found what it seems to be an interesting article about Gazan ...
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Do organised anti-vaccination groups stand to gain anything?

Lately, Ethan Lindenberger has been getting a lot of attention for defying his mother and getting vaccinated against her wishes. NPR released an article today about how Ethan testified before the ...
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Did fake news on Facebook influence US elections in 2016?

I've encountered repeated references to fake news on Facebook influencing various elections. Example from a often quoted Facebook critique in Time Magazine: As a result, when confronted with ...
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Was the United States the equal fifth deadliest country for journalists in 2018?

As reported in the CNN article In a violent year for journalists, United States among the deadliest countries for first time, the group Reporters Without Borders has claimed that the United States is ...
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Is there evidence that women who said they were sexually assaulted by Trump lied for money?

According to Wikipedia, there are at least 19 women who have accused Trump of sexual assault or harassment. Trump has recently claimed: I was accused by, I believe it was four women," Trump said. "...
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Did GOP senators say these things about Kavanaugh allegations?

I saw the following screenshot on Twitter: The picture shows an MSNBC screen with the header "GOP SENATORS ON KAVANAUGH ALLEGATIONS" with pictures and the following quotes: "I'll listen to the lady, ...
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Do these pictures depict David Hogg after two separate crises?

A post circulating on social media - 48,000 shares and counting so far - depicts still images of two news reports, one in California in August 2017 and one in Florida in February 2018 after the ...
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Have the ratings of right-wing talk radio hosts not been consistently established?

As part of an item on the The Young Turks news show, aired Jan 26th 2018, Cenk Uygur claims (2:30 and on) that the supposedly-high ratings of well-known right-wing talk radio hosts like Rush Limbaugh ...
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Was the Rotten Tomatoes audience score for “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” gamed by “trolls” and/or bots?

Star Wars: The Last Jedi was recently released and some professional journalists are attributing a discrepancy between the low Rotten Tomatoes audience score—when compared to the relatively universal ...
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Are headlines often not written by the person writing a newspaper article?

Timothy P. Carney writes in the Washington Examiner in the article Let's stop arguing with headlines that the writer didn't write: If you're not a journalist, here's a trade secret: The person who ...
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Do we live in a post-truth era? [closed]

Apparently Oxford Dictionary's "word of the year" in 2016 was post-truth: ... relating to or denoting circumstances in which objective facts are less influential in shaping public opinion than ...
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Sexual assault epidemic on US campuses or up-playing of same situation as elsewhere? [duplicate]

I'm not from the US nor do I live there - so I definitely have no idea what life on US campuses is like. In recent years I've heard occasional news stories about supposed prevalence of sexual assault ...
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Is 90% of media in the USA controlled by six companies?

(source: wordpress.com) Are the claims made in this graphic accurate? the source cited was a book (The Media Monopoly by Ben H. Bagdikian), but I have no convenient way of obtaining it legally at the ...
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Has ESPN removed broadcaster Robert Lee from a game, citing the name of a confederate general?

From Fox News ESPN pulls Asian-American announcer from Virginia football game because he has a Confederate general's name In the wake of the events in Charlottesville, Va., ESPN decided to pull ...
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Did the Washington Post ever advocate Amazon's position on sales taxes?

On July 24th, 2017, Donald Trump tweeted: Is Fake News Washington Post being used as a lobbyist weapon against Congress to keep Politicians from looking into Amazon no-tax monopoly? First of ...
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Does the owner of the Washington Post have a deal with the CIA worth 600 million dollars?

Jimmy Dore says in this video, Their owner has a 600 million dollar deal with the CIA. Six hundred million dollars, how much is that Jimmy? That's three times what the Washington Post is fucking ...
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Did Fox News later "ban" a show that aired after 9-11?

This YouTube video, published in 2013, is of an undated Fox News show, showing the first of a four part series of reports by Carl Cameron, alleging that Israeli intelligence had some information about ...
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Did the BBC alter an interviewee's words to use the term 'chemical attack'?

In August 2013, the BBC broadcast an episode of Panorama titled "Saving Syria's Children" portraying a chemical attack. The Russian TV Channel RT claims that the attack was staged by the BBC. It ...
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Did a large number of celebrities threaten to go on strike until Trump resigns?

According to some web sites, several celebrities - including Rosie O'Donnell, Debra Messing, and Ed Asner - have threatened to go on strike until Donald Trump resigns the Presidency. The following is ...
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Is Russian TV airing a "hunger games" like reality series where contestants can rape, kill or be killed?

A popular Youtube channel ScreenJunkies recently launched a spinoff called ScreenJunkies News. (this is to show notability) On a recent episode titled "Real Life Hunger Games Coming To TV", the host ...
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