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The Truth about Confederate History: Part 1
FACT CHECK: The history of the Confederate flag.
FACT CHECK: Are sex offenders required to put transparent rainbows over their Facebook profile pictures?
FACT CHECK: Did the Grateful Dead spend $50,000 to create an artificial rainbow for the first show of their “Fare Thee Well” tour?
NEWS: The “Aspire News” smartphone app reportedly enables victims of domestic violence to covertly summon help or alert trusted contacts.
FACT CHECK: Did Marcus Bachmann file for divorce from former Congresswoman Michelle Bachman after the U.S. Supreme Court announced its decision regarding legalized gay marriage?
NEWS: Are Facebook’s “Celebrate Pride” rainbow profile image filters part of a plot to collect data on users?
This Cake Is a Lie
NEWS: Walmart apologized over an employee’s being tricked into making an Islamic State flag cake.
Theme Park Abduction
NEWS: Venerable urban legend about a child abducted from a theme park by kidnappers who drug him, change his clothing, and cut his hair resurfaces in Malaysia.
NEWS: Online rumors suggest that pedophiles emboldened by the Supreme Court’s marriage equality ruling are seeking “equal rights” now, too.
Ensign of the Times
NEWS: A cartoon depicting the replacement of the Confederate flag with a gay pride flag published by the Southern Poverty Law Center was an amalgam of two separate works.
The Truth About Confederate History: Part 2
FACT CHECK: Part 2 in our series examining the accuracy of “The Truth About Confederate History.”
Department Store Sex Trafficking Rumor
FACT CHECK: Was a teenaged girl drugged and nearly abducted in a Dillard’s department store by fellow teens working on behalf of sex traffickers?
The Lyin’s of Iwo Jima
FACT CHECK: Did actress Jennifer Aniston write that gay rights activists should be ashamed for comparing themselves to those who fought at Iwo Jima?
FACT CHECK: Was the White House bathed in rainbow-colored lighting in celebration of a Supreme Court decision affirming same-sex marriage as a constitutional right?
NEWS: An image of a purported Metropolitan Transit Authority (MTA) poster warning of “Planned Service Changes” involving a simulated gas attack is circulating on social media.
Kitchen Makeover Fail
FACT CHECK: Does a video capture a woman’s negative reaction to a surprise kitchen makeover planned by her husband?
FACT CHECK: Do the horses in the 1974 film Young Frankenstein react violently to Frau Blücher’s name because it means ‘glue’ in German?
NEWS: A set of photographs appear to depict a mock crucifixion of Jesus at a recent U.S. gay pride parade.
FACT CHECK: Did 10,000 Americans sign a petition to replace the U.S. flag with a rainbow gay pride flag?
FACT CHECK: Do a pair of Greenland islands resemble two people kissing?
NEWS: Social media warnings are circulating about an increase in sharks in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.
Rebukes of Hazzard
NEWS: While the TV Land cable channel has pulled The Dukes of Hazzard from their lineup, the show itself has not been “banned from television.”
FACT CHECK: The answer to that age-old question: “Why don’t television sets have a Channel 1?"
Government Fast-Tracked $29 Million to Charleston Victims
NEWS: The Department of Justice confirmed that it fast-tracked $29 million in assistance for the families of the Charleston church shooting victims.
NEWS: An online meme claims that The Dukes of Hazzard was “cancelled,” but The Cosby Show continues airing.
FACT CHECK: Does a McDonald’s sign acknowledge the chain’s use of “french fry grease” to warm coffee?
Gary Dourdan, Before and After
FACT CHECK: Does a “now and then” photograph show actor Gary Dourdan before and after heavy drug use?
Kentucky Fried Kitten
NEWS: KFC engaged in some humorous banter with customers following a recent (disproved) claim that one of the chain’s stores served a battered, fried rat.
FACT CHECK: Did Donald Trump say that blacks should go back to Africa if they’re not satisfied with America?
An American Crow
FACT CHECK: Do photographs show a crow landing on and riding atop an eagle in flight?
FACT CHECK: Rumors of the imminent arrival of pizza vending machines swept social media in mid-2015, but those machines have been “coming soon” for several years now.
Game of Terror-Phone
NEWS: Rumors are circulating that the FBI is preparing for a multi-city ISIS attack in the U.S. over the July 4th weekend.
Great Reddit Blackout of 2015
NEWS: Redditors are in an uproar after the sudden firing of employee Victoria Taylor (u/chooter).
Bitter Baker Battle
NEWS: The owners of the 'Sweet Cakes by Melissa' bakery must pay $135,000 in damages for refusing to serve a same-sex couple in 2013.
Raising the Roofs
NEWS: A GoFundMe page established by the sister of accused Charleston shooter Dylann Roof raised widespread outrage by seeking $5,000 to help recover lost wedding costs.
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