Bethania Palma

Bethania Palma is a journalist from the Los Angeles area who started her career as a daily newspaper reporter and has covered everything from crime to government to national politics. She has written for a variety of publications as a staffer and freelancer, including the Los Angeles News Group, the LAist, LA School Report, the OC Weekly and Raw Story. She earned a B.A. in political science from the University of California at Irvine and an M.A. in history from California State University at Northridge. She is a huge fan of the X-Files, because while she’s not saying it was aliens, it was aliens.

Person, Human, Bird
Was a Mysterious Orange Bird Just a Gull Covered in Spice?
  • 4 March 2021
Orange you glad they found him?
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Airplane, Aircraft, Vehicle
Does a Video Show a Fighter Jet Breaking the Sound Barrier?
  • 4 March 2021
It's common to mistake a vapor cone for a sonic boom.
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Person, Human, Suit
Did Tim Allen Say He ‘Kind of Liked’ That Trump ‘Pissed People Off’?
  • 3 March 2021
The actor and comedian allegedly made the remark during an interview on Marc Maron's podcast.
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Did Biden ‘Erase’ Dr. Seuss From Read Across America Day?
  • 2 March 2021
U.S. President Joe Biden didn't mention the famed children's book author by name in his...
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Helmet, Clothing, Apparel
Is China Genetically Engineering ‘Super Soldiers’?
  • 1 March 2021
The idea is a sensational one, so of course it's captured attention. Whether it's a...
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Person, Human, Hot Air Balloon
Did a Pastor Say Pokemon Was ‘Satanic Witchcraft’?
  • 1 March 2021
The video sermon about Pokemon could be seen as an example of satanic panic.
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Clothing, Apparel, Cushion
Did Panasonic Create a Farting Cat Robot?
  • 27 February 2021
The word "cat" is a bit of a stretch.
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Did Oreo Tweet ‘Eat the Rich’?
  • 26 February 2021
The Twitter account for the popular cookie did weigh in on at least one political...
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Tie, Accessories, Accessory
Did Mitch McConnell Say He’d Support Trump as GOP Nominee in 2024?
  • 26 February 2021
During an appearance on Fox News, U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell seemed to indicate he would...
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Person, Human, Musician
Did Stevie Wonder Say He’s Moving to Ghana?
  • 25 February 2021
Reports of the statement went viral in February 2021.
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pandemicide
Is ‘Pandemicide’ a New Word Coined To Describe Trump’s COVID-19 Response?
  • 25 February 2021
The earliest use of the term we found was from 2020.
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Person, Human, People
Do These Transphobic Posts Show a Transgender College Basketball Player?
  • 26 February 2021
The posts are both out of date and out of context.
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