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Misattributed

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Did Kamala Harris Say Joe Biden Is ‘Trash to Me’?
  • 24 August 2020
A quote lifted from a blog post about Harris and Biden was misattributed to Harris.
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Did Kurt Russell Share A Poem Opposing the Defunding of Police?
  • 10 August 2020
A poem titled "The Badge" circulated on social media in June 2020 following nationwide protests...
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Anthony Fauci
Did Fauci Compare Research About COVID-19 to That of Chickenpox?
  • 20 July 2020
The comparison happened on Facebook and went viral in summer 2020.
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Did Dave Ramsey Warn About a ‘Cashless Society’?
  • 14 July 2020
A common tactic of purveyors of misinformation is to attach a well-known person to an...
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Did Goebbels Say Intellectuals ‘Would Always Yield to the Stronger’?
  • 30 May 2020
"Arguments must be crude, clear, and forcible, and appeal to emotions and instincts, not the...
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Did the 1981 ‘Farmer’s Almanac’ Predict COVID-19?
  • 1 May 2020
An old "prediction" got a new origin story.
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Did Bill Gates Tell George Magazine That an ‘Over-Populated Planet’ Would Fall to a ‘Lung-Attacking Virus’?
  • 1 May 2020
Bill Gates was featured in a 1997 issue of George magazine, but so were other...
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Trey Gowdy
Did Former U.S. Rep. Trey Gowdy Suggest COVID-19 Was a Conspiracy Against Trump?
  • 23 April 2020
Gowdy: "We have enough going on in our country right now without propagating misinformation."
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Did Bill O’Reilly Write an Essay Calling COVID-19 a Chinese Bioweapon?
  • 20 April 2020
A conspiracy-tinged essay attributed to the former Fox News host went viral on social media.
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Was This Pandemic Poem Written by Kathleen O’Mara in 1919?
  • 6 April 2020
A global pandemic did indeed inspire this poem. But that's as far as it goes.
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Did Musician Tommy Lee Write This Open Letter to Donald Trump?
  • 3 April 2020
The Mötley Crüe musician shared a letter on his Facebook page ... but we have...
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c s lewis 1942 quote
Is This a C. S. Lewis Quote from 1942?
  • 30 March 2020
A "quote" shared widely during the COVID-19 pandemic may have felt timely, but that is...
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