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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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Does the Wall Street Journal change headlines based on location?

I found saw a recent image going around on Facebook: https://m.facebook.com/thebenfergusonshow/photos/a.10150670938916638.382006.95356211637/10154308573296638/?type=3&source=48 The picture shows ...
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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 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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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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Are American media controlled mostly by Jews?

The image "Who controls your mind? 2013" below claims that a very large proportion of the US media companies have Presidents, CEOs, Founders, Owners, Vice Presidents and Chairs that are Jewish. It ...
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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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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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Does North Korea propaganda falsely claim 2014 World Cup participation?

This video is being spread on Facebook. It purports to be a North Korean television segment that fraudulently tells the North Koreans that they are participating in the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, and ...
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Was the BBC report of the WTC-7 falling before it happened a scripted event?

A video on Youtube, “BBC Building 7 Collapse” is a televised news report from the BBC that states that WTC Tower 7 (aka the "Salomon Bros. Building") had collapsed. An overlay on the video by the ...
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Did journalist Amber Lyon claim that the US Government paid CNN to control content?

One of my conspiracy theorist friends on Facebook recently linked an article claiming that Amber Lyon was fired from CNN for blowing the whistle on the Obama administration paying CNN to not air ...
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Did BBC ignore 50,000 people protesting against austerity?

I saw this on Facebook today: 50,000 people in London protest austerity outside the BBC. BBC completely ignores them. Facebook indicates that the meme was posted on June 22, 2014. The ...
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Is the IKEA catalogue being distributed in more prints than the Bible?

According to IKEA The 2010 edition [of the catalogue] is the world’s third most printed publication (next to the Bible and Harry Potter) But Martin Roth wrote an article in 2002 where he was ...
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Are Fox News viewers more likely to believe misinformation than viewers of other news outlets?

Huffington Post writes: Fox News viewers are much more likely than others to believe false information about American politics, a new study concludes. The study, conducted by the University of ...
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Were three journalists (Bob Simon, Ned Colt and David Carr) investigating a plausible relation between the CIA and 9/11?

Apparently these three journalists all died within a couple days of each other (Feb. 11 to 12, 2015). The implication of some rumours going around is that these folks were killed because they have ...
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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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Does Ferrari cheat at track tests?

The article How Ferrari spins by Chris "Monkey" Harris contains claims that Ferrari has dishonest practices with the press. How bad has it been? I honestly don't know where to start. Perhaps the ...
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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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Does science fiction inspire significant amounts of people to pursue STEM careers?

It's a common belief within the science fiction community that sci-fi has motivated a lot of people to pursue careers as scientists and engineers. A brief search finds many anecdotal accounts where ...
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Is this ad with a German coast guard mistaking “sinking” with “thinking” by Berlitz?

In the following ad, a trainee German coastguard is shown the equipment, and then left to his own devices. He receives a message from a ship which is sinking, saying "Mayday, mayday, we are sinking", ...
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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 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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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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How many of the facts in an average newspaper article are true?

A while ago there was a study that compared the amount of factual mistakes in Wikipedia to the amount of factual mistakes in Britannica. Are there similar studies that count the average number of ...
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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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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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Did Roger Ailes say “the truth is whatever people will believe” or something substantially similar?

The below image popped up on Facebook apparently alleging that Roger Ailes, president of the Fox News Channel, said: "The truth" is whatever people will believe. The peculiar placement of the ...
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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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Did CNN fake footage during the Gulf War purporting a live gas attack?

The YouTube video purports to show then-CNN reporter Charles Jaco rehearse a dramatic "live" report from Saudi Arabia during the 1990 Persian Gulf War from a studio, exaggerating the level of danger. ...
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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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Did BBC change an article title about Israelis shooting dead a Palestinian in a hospital?

In 12 November 2015, Israeli agents disguised as Arabs escorting a woman in labor, raided a hospital in Hebron, West Bank, seized a Palestinian suspected of stabbing and shot dead his cousin. The dead ...
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Does the New York Times refuse to publish material that offends religious sensibilities?

Recently, some news organisations (Le Monde linking to this blog in the Washington Post) mention that New York Times, AP, CNN, MSNBC, The Telegraph (and apparently other news groups) have "shunned" ...
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Is “Dabiq” an ISIS-produced magazine?

The magazine Dabiq is generally thought to be a propaganda magazine produced by the proponents on Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (a.k.a. ISIS, ISIL or IS). The Islamic State (ISIS) regularly ...
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Were the Cologne attacks under-reported by the German media?

According to The Guardian, Tensions rise in Germany over handling of mass sexual assaults in Cologne: The events have since come to dominate German media, but following a barrage of complaints on ...
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Has the Council of Europe called for the banning of British newspapers mentioning when a terrorist is Muslim?

From the Daily Mail: European human rights chiefs order the British press NOT to reveal when terrorists are Muslims in crackdown on freedom of speech European human rights chiefs have told the ...
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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 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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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 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 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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Does media coverage of mass shootings leads to more mass shootings the same week?

In the end of this video, Dr. Park Dietz says: Because every time we have intense saturation coverage of a mass murder, we expect to see one or two more within a week. Is this true?
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Did Joe Biden send out a decree to keep Rudy Giuliani off television?

In an 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 to ...
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Valves sold for 11k$ to hospital in italy?

Currently there are big news about some guys that printed some valves for a hospital in need as the supplier wasnt able to provide the needed parts fast enough. The media says that the supply company ...
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Is the cause for the Berkeley Boom “unknown”? [closed]

Articles about the unsolved mystery of the "Berkeley Boom" claim that the loud noises that can be heard throughout Berkeley, California, and in neighbouring cities, might be caused by fireworks, cops, ...
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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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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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Was time travel achieved and then hidden from the public? [closed]

Background Without getting in too much details and going off-topic, I just want to say I personally find that the idea of time travel is ridiculous, at least in the current frame of physics and our ...
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Do the Sage Journals use a pay-for-publication model (such as Bentham Open)?

I prefer to use peer reviewed journals of the highest integrity as the sources of what I would consider a good answer on this site. While perusing the JREF Forums, I was struck by a question asked ...
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Were 14 US-Led Coalition Military Advisors captured by Syrian Special Forces in Aleppo?

It caught my eye on Wikipedia's current events portal that US-led coalition military advisors had been captured in a bunker in Aleppo. This story has since disappeared off of Wikipedia, but several (...
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Has there ever been a company that has called their paperboys “Media Distribution Officers”?

According to The Economist's article "Too Many Chiefs", job title inflation is on the rise: America's International Association of Administrative Professionals—formerly the National Secretaries ...