Fake News for the Week Ending May 3, 2019

What’s up in the world of fake news this week? Here’s a sampling:

  • It’s time to celebrate – President Trump has officially passed the 10,000 lie mark! That’s right, the Washington Post, which tracks these things, reports that Mr. Trump has uttered more than 10,000 false or misleading claims since he took office. And his fib rate is increasing; it took him 601 days to top 5,000 lies, and just 226 days to reach the 10,000 mark. Congratulations, Mr. Trump! That’s a lot of fake news emanating from the Oval Office. Read more about it here.

  • Here’s another bit of fake news regarding Senator (and Democratic presidential candidate) Kamala Harris. A meme making the rounds on Facebook claims that Senator Harris told the audience at a CNN Town Hall “If elected and you don’t surrender your guns, I will sign an executive order and the police will show up at your door.” Well, the Senator was at a CNN Town Hall and did address gun control, but she didn’t say anything quite like this. What she did say was “Upon being elected, I will give the United States Congress 100 days to get their act together and have the courage to pass reasonable gun safety laws. And if they fail to do it, then I will take executive action.” She was talking about gun safety laws, not confisticating anyone’s guns. More alarmist fake news, nothing to see here. Read the story at Snopes.

  • In Facebook’s ongoing efforts to stem the flood of fake news spread on its site, the company is employing a small army of fact-checkers to find and flag false facts. The problem is, one of the sites it’s partnering with is CheckYourFact.com, which happens to be an arm of the conservative, anti-science, climate change denying site The Daily Caller. How can a fact-adverse site be an unbiased arbiter of what’s fact and what’s false on Facebook? ThinkProgress is following the story.
  • No, New York City isn’t banning hot dogs, although that’s what this headline shared on social media claims: “NYC Banning Hot Dogs as Part of Green New Deal.” It seems that NYC is working on its own “Green New Deal” plan to address climate change, and part of the plan is to cut purchases of processed meat – including hot dogs – in city-controlled facilities, such as schools and hospitals. The plan would not ban hot dogs sold in restaurants and fast food joints, or by street vendors. Alarmist clap trap, as reported by FactCheck.org.

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