Disinformation

Were Photographs Showing the United States Firing Teargas at a Crowd in Mexico ‘Staged’?

On November 25th, 2018, at the tail end of the long Thanksgiving weekend in the United States, the United States government closed down the San Ysidro port of entry — one of the busiest land …

Were Photographs Showing the United States Firing Teargas at a Crowd in Mexico ‘Staged’? Read More »

Writing desk and stacks of books.

Did Leeds Trinity University Ban Capital Letters to Avoid Frightening Students?

In November 2018, an odd little article about a leaked internal memo at Leeds Trinity University appeared in the British tabloid the Express. According to the story, the university told professors not to use all capital letters …

Did Leeds Trinity University Ban Capital Letters to Avoid Frightening Students? Read More »

Michael Avenatti.

Does a Photograph Prove that Michael Avenatti (or Keith Ellison) Badly Beat a Woman?

A bombshell report about Michael Avenatti, a high-profile lawyer turned potential politician, appeared on celebrity news and gossip site TMZ in November 2018: Michael Avenatti, who became famous for representing Stormy Daniels in her battle with President Trump, …

Does a Photograph Prove that Michael Avenatti (or Keith Ellison) Badly Beat a Woman? Read More »

Is a Caravan of Central American Asylum-Seekers Demanding Special Treatment?

An annual caravan of people traveling from Central America to the United States to seek asylum and refuge from extreme violence in their home countries has been beset by falsehoods, lies, and disinformation from start …

Is a Caravan of Central American Asylum-Seekers Demanding Special Treatment? Read More »

Did United States President Donald Trump Threaten to Withhold Disaster Funding from California?

Sizable wildfires burning up and down California in late 2018 left dozens of people dead, destroyed an entire Northern California town, Paradise, and the heat and speed of least two enormously destructive fires — the Woolsey …

Did United States President Donald Trump Threaten to Withhold Disaster Funding from California? Read More »

Crime scene tape with red and blue lights in the background.

Was the Thousand Oaks Shooter Identified as a Man of Middle Eastern Descent?

Mere hours after a gunman entered a nightclub in Thousand Oaks, California, murdering at least twelve people before shooting himself, the social media disinformation machine and its usual array of bots and paid trolls began …

Was the Thousand Oaks Shooter Identified as a Man of Middle Eastern Descent? Read More »

CNN reporter Jim Acosta.

Did a CNN Reporter Assault a White House Employee?

The morning after a hotly-contested midterm election resulted in Republicans resoundingly losing control of the House, United States President Donald Trump held a press conference to discuss the results and take questions from journalists. In …

Did a CNN Reporter Assault a White House Employee? Read More »

American flag at an angle.

Are Members of a Refugee Caravan Defiling American Flags on Their Way to the United States?

An annual caravan heading from Central America to the southern United States border to seek asylum has been beset by rumors, misinformation, and dramatic disinformation during the 2018 election cycle; stories about the event were resurrected …

Are Members of a Refugee Caravan Defiling American Flags on Their Way to the United States? Read More »

Three men sitting behind a chain link border fence.

Were Seven Children Rescued From Smugglers Embedded in a ‘Migrant Caravan’ in Guatemala?

On October 25th, 2018, as bots and paid trolls pushed talking points on social media about a caravan of people from Honduras on their way to Mexico’s border with the United States to turn themselves …

Were Seven Children Rescued From Smugglers Embedded in a ‘Migrant Caravan’ in Guatemala? Read More »

Donald Trump.

Is the United States the Only Country that Offers Birthright Citizenship?

On October 30th, 2018, three days after a Pennsylvania white supremacist stormed a Pittsburgh synagogue with guns and murdered eleven people during a service and four days after a Florida man was arrested for mailing …

Is the United States the Only Country that Offers Birthright Citizenship? Read More »