Disinformation

Border wall facing north in Playas, Tijuana, Mexico.

Did ‘Migrants’ Demand $50,000 Each to Leave the United States?

On December 12, 2018, the Federalist Papers Project — a known purveyor of corrosive disinformation — published “Migrants DEMAND $50,000 Each to go Home, Or Else …” (filed under “opinion”), an article littered with racist imagery and …

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El Paso-Juarez border crossing.

Are Asylum-Seekers Getting Numbers Written on Their Arms at the United States Border?

Amid escalating news reports of unarmed adults and children being teargassed over an international border by the United States, infants and children being forcibly, and permanently, taken from their parents, and asylum-seekers being held in …

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The U.S.-Mexico border wall in Playas, Tijuana, where it extends out into the Pacific Ocean.

Was Teargas Used ‘Once a Month’ at the Border Under the Obama Administration?

The days following a cross-border chemical attack by American forces on unarmed members of a caravan of men, women, and children from Central America across the border with Mexico were filled with disinformation and outright …

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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 …

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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 …

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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, …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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