Some Lies Won’t Die

Featured on Snopes today: False claims persist long after they've been disproved, the carp with the "human face," and can Nancy Pelosi become VP if Trump leaves office early?

12 Articles
  • Published 8 November 2019
12 Articles

More than a month after it was first published, a “satirical” article on a website known for trolling Trump supporters with fictional claims remains among the most looked-up items on Snopes.com.

That article, headlined “Pelosi Diverts $2.4 Billion from Social Security to Cover Impeachment Costs,” has been shared more than 24 million times by Facebook users, according to a new study. That’s despite disclaimers and repeated debunkings.

Many of the people sharing it online appear to believe it’s true, or at phenomenon is one reason why Snopes includes material identified as satire or humor among the items we fact-check.

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Did Pelosi Divert $2.4 Billion from Social Security to Cover Impeachment Costs?

A routine review of content labeled satire.

Labeled Satire
Is This a Carp with a Human Face?

With fishes — and with humans — looks can be deceiving.

Unproven
Did Rapper T.I. Say He Takes His Daughter to a Doc to Check Her Virginity?

Backlash against the rapper's comment on a podcast was swift.

True
Would Nancy Pelosi Become Vice President If Trump Left Office Early?

The 25th Amendment is pretty clear on this front.

False
Did Malia Obama Cause 24 Classmates to Be Expelled for Praying on Campus?

A routine review of content labeled satire.

Labeled Satire
Will Dangerous Cosmic Rays Pass Close to Earth ‘Tonight’?

This claim has been around for years and makes no scientific sense whatsoever.

False
Mercury Putting On Rare Show, Parading Across the Sun

Mercury is putting on a rare celestial show, parading across the sun in view of most of the world.

AP News
Inmate’s Claim He Briefly Died Won’t End Life Sentence

The Iowa Appeals Court has ruled against a convicted killer who says he "died" during a medical emergency and thus fulfilled his life sentence.

AP News
Trump Campaign Launching Black Outreach Effort for 2020

During the 2016 campaign, candidate Donald Trump stood in front of largely white crowds and asked black voters to consider, "What the hell do you have to lose?"

AP News
People Puzzled by Mysterious Texts from the Past, And No One Can Say Why

A mysterious wave of missives swept America’s phones overnight, delivering largely unintelligible messages from friends, family and the occasional ex.

AP News
5-Year-Old Boy Calls 911 to Order Happy Meal

Police in a Phoenix suburb got a strange 911 call: A 5-year-old boy didn’t have an emergency; he just wanted to order a Happy Meal from McDonald’s.

AP News