Fake News for the Week Ending April 12, 2019

What’s up with fake news this week? Here’s a sampling:

  • Here’s a meme making the rounds on Facebook and other social media, a variation on one that’s been around since 2016. The meme claims that the U.S. has the money to relocate an unlimited number of refugees but can’t give a cost a living increase to seniors on social security. Both of those claims are false; the number of refugees is capped by the Refugee Act of 1980, and social security benefits receive an annual adjustment based on the rate of inflation. FactCheck.org lays it all out here.

  • An old fake meme recently popped up again on Facebook, claiming that the Aldi grocery store chain had to remove the “cross” from their hot cross buns to avoid offending unnamed religious groups. All fake, of course, as reported by Snopes.

  • Fox News mistakenly reported, and President Trump deliberately retweeted, incorrect numbers for the president’s approval ratings. Fox initially said that a Georgetown Institute of Politics and Public Service Battleground Poll found that Trump had a 55% approval rating. That number was actually his disapproval rating. His approval rating was just 43%. Fox corrected their reporting. Trump did not delete his tweet. NBC News reports on it here.

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