Media Matters

Rumors, legends, and stories about the news and those who cover it.

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Is This a Real Chicago Tribune Column About Adam Toledo? A Chicago Tribune op-ed generated outrage over its take on the killing of 13-year-old Adam...
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A Fox and Friends video clip was shared on Twitter with claims about Prince Philips death Oprah Meghan and Harry.
Did ‘Fox & Friends’ Host Blame Harry and Meghan for Philip’s Death? Oprah Winfrey's interview with the Duke and Duchess of Sussex is still stirring controversy.
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Comparisons to a recent attack on a woman in New York were made to the infamous Kitty Genovese case.
Was an Asian American Woman Attacked on NYC Street but No One Helped Her? The Internet likened a March 2021 assault near Times Square to the notorious death of...
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Did White House Press Corps Physically Stand for Biden at First News Conference? A former Trump staffer speculated that such a “level of respect” could be “indicative of...
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Fox News host Sean Hannity caused a stir when he accidentally vaped live on air.
Did Sean Hannity Vape On Air? "Uh-oh," the Fox News host said, looking into the camera.
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Fox News host Greg Gutfeld who accidentally sang I gotta pee on air.
Did Fox News Host Greg Gutfeld Sing ‘I Gotta Pee’ Live On Air? "The joys of live television," co-host Shannon Bream added.
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Did Piers Morgan Say He Was ‘Ghosted’ by Meghan Markle? Social media users suggested that some personal history might explain Morgan's criticism of Markle's Oprah...
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No, Oprah Wasn’t Wearing an Ankle Monitor During the Harry and Meghan Interview Oprah Winfrey's brown leather boots drew some people's attention for the wrong reasons.
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Julia Roberts.
Is This a Real Newspaper Headline About Julia Roberts? "Big mistake. Big. Huge," Roberts' character famously declared in "Pretty Woman."
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Is Katie Couric Married to Matt Lauer? A number of misleading online advertisements appeared to claim that long-time journalist Couric was married...
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Are These Real Headlines Describing the Deaths of Rush Limbaugh and Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi? A meme about media coverage of Limbaugh’s death went viral in February 2021.
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Did Rush Limbaugh Retire After Cancer Diagnosis? The conservative radio host died after headlining the “Rush Limbaugh Show” for 33 years.
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