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Rep. Ateesha Nubbins Introduces Bill Banning Voters Over 60-Fiction!

Summary of eRumor:

U.S. Rep. Ateesha Nubbins, a Democrat from Delaware, introduced legislation that would place an upper age limit on voting rights, banning voters older than 60.

The Truth:

There’s no Democratic representative named Ateesha Nubbins. There’s also no bill that would place an upper age limit on voting rights, banning voters older than 60.

Those rumors started with a meme that appeared at the website America’s Last Line of Defense. The website identifies its content as “satirical,” but readers are often mislead into believing the stories are true when taken out of context on social media.

False claims that Rep. Ateesha Nubbins introduced a bill banning voters older than 60 startd with this meme.

Again, there’s no representative named Ateesha Nubbins. U.S. Rep. Lisa Blunt Rochester represents the state. And she did not introduce HB 814b, the bill supposedly banning voters older than 60. The woman who appears in the meme is named Laurie Robinson-Haden, and she’s the senior vice president and assistant general counsel at CBS.

Given all that, it’s easy to call this one “fiction.”

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Truthorfiction.com <![CDATA[Stores Recall Frozen Vegetables After Listeria Outbreak Kills Nine-Misleading!]]> https://www.truthorfiction.com/?p=107129 2018-07-11T19:22:33Z 2018-07-11T19:22:33Z Frozen vegetable recalls have been issued in Austria, Denmark, Finland, Sweden and the United Kingdom after a listeria outbreak killed nine. But the recall does not apply to frozen vegetables sold in America.

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Stores Recall Frozen Vegetables After Listeria Outbreak Kills Nine-Misleading!

Summary of eRumor:

Social media posts warn that grocery stores have recalled frozen vegetables after a listeria outbreak killed nine.

The Truth:

Supermarkets in Austria, Denmark, Finland, Sweden and the United Kingdom recalled frozen vegetables in July 2018 in response to a listeria outbreak that killed nine. But the frozen vegetable recall has not impacted American customers, contrary to viral warnings on social media.

Greenyard Frozen UK supplied the frozen vegetables in question to various supermarket chains overseas. The company issued a series of product recalls in response to listeria contamination in early July 2018. Supermarkets affected by the recall—including Aldi, Tesco, Sainbury’s, Waitrose, Lidl and Iceland issued recall notices of their own, many of which went viral on social media:

Greenyard Frozen Belgium NV is recalling all of the following ALDI products:- Market Fare Peas, Carrots and Super…

Posted by ALDI Australia on Monday, July 9, 2018

As warnings of the frozen vegetable recalls circulated on social media, many consumers falsely believed that the recall applied to frozen vegetables sold at grocery stores in America. That’s not the case. Following a series of mergers and acquisitions led by Pinguin Foods UK, Greenyard Frozen UK became one of the largest processes of fresh vegetables in the U.K. But the company does not distribute products to North America.

The FDA did not have frozen vegetable product recalls listed in July 2018. So, American consumers can ignore warnings about frozen vegetable recalls. Those in Austria, Denmark, Finland, Sweden and the United Kingdom should take notice, however.

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Truthorfiction.com <![CDATA[Drivers Can Be Ticketed $250 Under Florida Cell Phone Law-Mostly Fiction!]]> https://www.truthorfiction.com/?p=107126 2018-07-10T16:28:41Z 2018-07-10T16:28:41Z False reports that drivers can be ticketed $250 under a Florida cell phone law have gone viral on Facebook.

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Drivers Can Be Ticketed $250 Under Florida Cell Phone Law-Mostly Fiction!

Summary of eRumor:

Drivers can be ticketed $250 for distracted driving under a Florida cell phone law passed June 28, 2018.

The Truth:

While the Florida Legislature has been considering a cell phone restrictions for drivers, no such law has been signed into law. Posts making that claim went viral on Facebook in early 2018, and again in July of that year.

The rumor goes that police officers can ticket drivers $250 for simply have a phone in their hand. The new Florida cell phone law was supposedly signed on June 28, 2018, and went into effect shortly thereafter.

False reports that drivers can be ticketed $250 under a Florida cell phone law have gone viral on Facebook.

Although false, the contains a sliver of truth. Currently, using a cell phone while driving is considered a secondary offense in Florida. That means a police officer can’t initiate traffic stops for cell phone usage alone — but drivers could be ticketed if they were stopped for another offense, like speeding.

House Bill 33 would change that. Passed by the Florida House in March 2018, the bill would authorize police officers to stop and ticket drivers for using cell phones while driving. However, the bill stalled in the Florida Senate. It was ultimately indefinitely postponed and withdrawn from consideration on March 10.

In other words, the measure failed. Given all that, we’re calling this one “mostly fiction.”

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Truthorfiction.com <![CDATA[Maxine Waters: Next Supreme Court Justice Should Be an Illegal Immigrant-Fiction!]]> https://www.truthorfiction.com/?p=107123 2018-07-09T22:26:05Z 2018-07-09T22:26:05Z False claims that Maxine Waters called for an 'illegal immigrant' to be appointed to the U.S. Supreme Court are based on a digitally-altered image.

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Maxine Waters: Next Supreme Court Justice Should Be an Illegal Immigrant-Fiction!

Summary of eRumor:

U.S. Rep. Maxine Waters, a California Democrat, said the next justice appointed to the U.S. Supreme Court should be an illegal immigrant.

The Truth:

Maxine Waters didn’t call for an “illegal immigrant” to be appointed to the Supreme Court. The false rumor circulated in a meme before President Donald Trump named his nominee to succeed retiring Justice Anthony Kennedy in July 2018.

It’s not clear where the altered image originated. It’s been widely circulated on social media, however. The image shows Maxine Waters appearing on CNN, and  the scroll at the bottom of the screen was edited to read,  “Waters: SCOTUS Pick Should Be Illegal Immigrant.”

Maxine Waters didn’t call for an illegal immigrant to be appointed to the Supreme Court. This edited image is behind the rumor.

In realty, the screen shot was taken from an interview in which Maxine Waters defended comments she made about President Trump at an immigration rally in October 2017. Waters said “I will take Trump out tonight.” Waters said during the interview that the idea is “that is absolutely ridiculous.” She said the only harm she would do to the president is to impeach him during the follow-up interview.

Maxine Waters, one of the president’s most outspoken critics in Congress, has been the subject of various false and misleading claims. These false rumors are often designed to paint waters as ignorant of basic laws, or hypocritical. False claims that Waters called for an illegal immigrant to be appointed to the high court are just the latest.

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Truthorfiction.com <![CDATA[Sketchers Lightable Shoes Star Fire, Burn Toddler-Fiction!]]> https://www.truthorfiction.com/?p=107118 2018-07-02T22:05:31Z 2018-07-02T22:05:31Z There's no credible evidence that Sketchers lightable shoes — or any other brand of lightable shoes — are a fire hazard and can injure children.

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Sketchers Lightable Shoes Start Fire, Burn Toddler-Fiction!

Summary of eRumor:

Warnings about Sketchers lightable shoes causing fires when wet and giving a toddler second degree burns have spread on social media.

The Truth:

Reports that Sketchers lightable shoes are a fire hazard are based on a news report from 2016 that has since proven false.

Houston station KHOU 11 broke the story in 2016. The station reported that two parents from Katy, Texas, said their toddler’s shoes ignited while he was inside the family’s car:

The fire in the backseat burned a hole through the floor and the passenger seat was melted. Jovan called the Harris County Fire Marshal’s Office to take a closer look.

“There just wasn’t anything in there to start a fire,” she said. “Only shoes and clothes.”

Although the Fire Marshal’s Office hasn’t officially ruled on the cause of the fire, the office confirms the toddler’s light-up shoe is a possible cause.

That’s why the Virag’s are speaking out to warn other families.

At the time, the cause of the fire was unknown. The Harris County Fire Marshall’s Office has since ruled that the lightable sneakers were not the cause of the fire, according an updated version of the story.

Since, similar warnings about lightable shoes causing fires have circulated on Facebook on a regular basis. Most accounts warn that a toddler suffered second degree burns after the shoes ignited after becoming wet. However, there aren’t any legitimate reports or product recalls to back up those claims.

Many warnings about lightable shoes being flammable actually blame the batteries. Lithium ion batteries have been known to heat up and explode. And it’s true that at least some lightable shoes used lithium ion batteries in the 1990s. However, most lightable shoes today use lithium-metal batteries, which haven’t been associated with fire hazards. And there haven’t been any verified

There’s no evidence to support claims that Sketchers lightable shoes can catch fire and burn children’s feet.

reports of Sketchers lightable shoes catching fire or exploding.

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Truthorfiction.com <![CDATA[Lennie Reisch’s Facebook Post on Immigration, Child Separations-Authorship Confirmed!]]> https://www.truthorfiction.com/?p=107112 2018-06-27T21:41:35Z 2018-06-27T21:41:35Z A Houston woman named Lennie Reisch wrote about her experience coming to the U.S. from Cuba as an unaccompanied minor in a viral Facebook post.

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Lennie Reisch’s Facebook Post on Immigration, Child Separations-Authorship Confirmed!

Summary of eRumor:

A Houston woman named Lennie Reisch posted on Facebook about her journey to America as an unaccompanied minor from Cuba amid controversy over the Trump administration’s child separation policy.

The Truth:

We can confirm that a woman named Lennie Reisch from Houston wrote this commentary about immigration. The account aligns with Operation Pan Pedro, which brought 14,000 unaccompanied Cuban minors to the U.S. after Fidel Castro’s rise. We can’t, however, verify specific details of Reisch’s account.

The post appeared on Reisch’s personal Facebook page on June 21, at the height of controversy over the Trump administration’s “zero tolerance” policy that required the separation fo immigrant children and their parents at the border. Reisch, who identifies herself as a former school teacher, begins the post by saying “this whole immigration thing is insane.”

After Fidel Castro rose to power in the early 1960s,  Reisch said her parents sent her and her little sister to the United States unaccompanied. The girls, 8 and 4 years old at the time, lived in foster care for several months because their parents didn’t have immigration papers to enter the country legally. Citing her account of being separated from her parents, Reisch argues that controversy over the Trump administration’s child-separation policy is not justified.

After digging around online, we found that Lennie Reisch commented on a Smithsonian article about Operation Pedro Pan. Reisch said that she and her younger sister were among the 14,000 children who were brought to the U.S. as part of the operation, echoing sentiments from her Facebook post:

Lennie Reisch stated that she was brought to the U.S. under Operation Pedro Pan.

The Pedro Pan program enabled parents to send their children to the U.S. as a last resort to avoid communist indoctrination. Operated by the Archdiocese of Miami and the U.S. State Department  from 1960 to 1962, the program brought a total of 14,000 unaccompanied Cuban minors to the U.S., the Cold War Museum reports:

Operation Pedro Pan lasted for 22 months, then it was shut down. It ceased existence in 1962 as a result of the Cuban Missile Crisis. The crisis put a freeze on any commercial air service between Havana, Cuba and Miami, Florida.  After its termination, children that remained in the country either stayed with relatives, orphanages, or foster homes until their family successfully made it out of Cuba. The duration of time that the “Pedro Pans” waited for their parents varied: sometimes it took days, weeks, or months. But for the very unfortunate, it took years for their family to come, since Castro made it so increasingly difficult for Anti-Cubans to leave or even live freely in his nation.

The Archdiocese of Miami is reportedly working on digitizing Pedro Pan flight records, and other documentary records, but they’re not available at this time. But, although Lennie Reich’s Facebook post reflects actual events, there are a number of differences between Pedro Pan and the current immigration dilemma.

First, the parents weren’t separated from their children by the U.S. government. They were unable to leave Cuba because of the oppressive communist regime. Second, the parents decided to send their children to America unaccompanied. The (now ended) child-separation policy did not give parents a choice.

Lennie Reish’s post on immigration and child separation has gone viral.

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Truthorfiction.com <![CDATA[Silent Partner of Red Hen Restaurant is a Registered Sex Offender-Unproven!]]> https://www.truthorfiction.com/?p=107108 2018-06-26T21:07:49Z 2018-06-26T21:07:49Z There's no way to prove or disprove claims that Red Hen owner Stephanie Wilkinson partners with a registered sex offender because they're based on a single, unverifiable account.

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Silent Partner of Red Hen Restaurant is a Registered Sex Offender-Unproven!

Summary of eRumor:

Stephanie Wilkinson, the owner of the Red Hen restaurant who refused service to Sarah Huckabee Sanders, has a silent partner named Barney Allen Frazier, Sr, who’s a registered sex offender.

The Truth:

There’s no proof to back claims that Red Hen owner Stephanie Wilkinson partners with is a registered sex offender. The rumor started with a single, anonymous online poster who claim that they’re a former employee of the restaurant.

We couldn’t find any official records linking Red Hen owner Stephanie Wilkinson to Barney Allen Frazier, Sr. Those rumors surfaced after Wilkinson refused service to White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders, citing moral objections.

The situation drew plenty of attention — and it fueled a backlash against Red Hen owner Stephanie Wilkinson that resembles baseless “Pizza Gate” claims about Hillary Clinton taking part in a child sex trafficking. These accusations have become commonplace in some dark corners of the web. They typically weave together unrelated facts and unverifiable first-hand accounts to argue that the target is part of a vast conspiracy. This rumor shares those characteristics.

State business records list Stephanie Wilkinson as the sole owner of the Red Hen. Of course, the rumor conveniently claims that the registered sex offender is a “silent partner.” That means it’s impossible to verify the claim.

It should also be noted that Barney Allen Frazier’s mugshot and sex offender registry information is publicly available online. And, when typing “registered sex offenders in Lexington” into a Google search, Frazier’s information is the first to pop up on the leading search result. It could be a coincidence, but it could also be a sign that someone Google searched for sex offenders in Lexington to use in a false rumor.

In the end, there’s no way to verify or debunk this claim. For those reasons, we’re calling the claim “fiction.”

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Truthorfiction.com <![CDATA[FBI Special Agent David Raynor Murdered Before Clinton Testimony-]]> https://www.truthorfiction.com/?p=107104 2018-06-22T18:41:50Z 2018-06-22T18:37:14Z FBI Special Agent David Raynor was not murdered with his own gun days before he was scheduled to testify against Hillary Clinton. Raynor died in a murder-suicide with his estranged wife.

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FBI Agent David Raynor Murdered Ahead of Clinton Testimony-Reported as Fiction!

Summary of eRumor:

FBI Agent David Raynor was murdered with his own service weapon days before he was scheduled to testify against Hillary Clinton.

The Truth:

FBI Special Agent David Raynor died in March 2018 in what the FBI calls a  murder-suicide. Raynor’s death wasn’t related to his work with the bureau, and he was not scheduled to testify against Hillary Clinton.

That rumor appears to have started with NeonNettle.com. The website, which states that its content is presented “as is” and “with all faults,” doesn’t have a high level of credibility. Appearing under the headline, “FBI Agent Who Exposed Hillary Clinton Cover-up Found Dead,” this particular story reported that Raynor was scheduled to testify about the extent of Hillary Clinton and President Obama’s cover-up of the Fast and Furious scandal.

Neon Nettle deleted the story within days of publication, but not before the Wayback Machine captured a screen grab of it. The report has since been repeated in the echo chamber of fringe, conspiracy-minded websites But, again, there’s been no indication that it’s true.

Police told ABC News that FBI Special Agent Raynor and his estranged wife were found dead in a murder-suicide in Crownsville, Maryland, in March 2018. Officers responded to the scene after a woman reported being threatened by her estranged husband, Anne Arundel County Police said:

Upon arrival, police found David Raynor, 52, with multiple stab wounds and an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound. Donna Fisher, 54, was found with apparent stab wounds. Both were pronounced dead at the scene.

Raynor joined the FBI in 1996 and had worked at the bureau’s Baltimore field office since 2003, law enforcement officials familiar with the investigation tell CBS News. These officials say this was a domestic situation, and not related to any case Raynor was working on.

There’s no indication that Raynor investigated or worked on any case related to the Clintons, or Fast and Furious. This story is part of the long-running Clinton Body Count conspiracy theory that the Clintons have systematically murdered political opponents and foes over the years. Any death of FBI agents that appear in the news are swept up in the conspiracy theory at this point.

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Truthorfiction.com <![CDATA[Bill Clinton’s 1996 Immigration Law Behind Child Separations-Fiction!]]> https://www.truthorfiction.com/?p=107102 2018-06-21T18:48:33Z 2018-06-21T18:48:33Z Bill Clinton's 1996 immigration law changed procedures for immigrants seeking asylum, but it did not require the prosecution or separation of families that crossed the border.

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Bill Clinton’s 1996 Immigration Law is to Blame for Child Separations-Fiction!

Summary of eRumor:

Bill Clinton’s 1996 (or 1997) immigration law is to blame for a federal policy that separates immigrant children from their parents at the border.

The Truth:

Bill Clinton signed an immigration law in 1996 that made it easier for the federal government to deport people. The bill also subjected more immigrants to the threat of deportation. But the 1996 immigration law did not lay the groundwork for federal policy that separates children from their parents at the border.

President Trump (who later signed an order reversing his child separation policy) has continuously blamed Democrats for the controversial policy. He’s argued that his child-separation policy is simply enforcing existing immigration laws, and that Congress (and Democrats in particular) must act to change the law. Those claims gave rise to the idea that Bill Clinton’s 1996 immigration law was to blame for the policy. And that’s not true.

The Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act of 1996 implemented sweeping changes. It enhanced border and interior enforcement, removal procedures and processes for claiming asylum. Because the Trump administration’s child separation policy relates to families that cross the border seeking asylum, that’s the provision of the 1996 law that would apply most.

But the 1996 law didn’t address family separations, or set the stage for them. It established a new asylum status for victims of forced abortion or sterilization. It also required asylum seekers to apply within one year of arrival and denied most re-applicants outright. The law does not require “zero tolerance,” or criminal prosecution of all asylum seekers who cross the border. The law also does not mandate that immigrant children be separated from their family. For those reasons, we’re calling claims that Clinton’s 1996 law is to blame for child separations “fiction.”

What’s Really Behind Child Separations?

Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ decision to prosecute all asylum-seeking adults as criminals is behind the child separations. While their parents are being detained, the children are subject to the 1997 Flores agreement. If the child of a detained parent can’t be placed with a caregiver, the amendment requires that the government house them in the “least restrictive” way possible.

Although Bill Clinton was president in 1997, he didn’t sign the Flores agreement into law. The agreement resulted from a class-action lawsuit that was filed in 1986 by  the Center for Human Rights & Constitutional Law and the National Center for Youth Law, over the treatment of child immigrants in federal facilities.  Negotiations and court proceedings dragged on for nine years, spanning three presidencies. So, the claim that Bill Clinton is to blame for the 1997 Flores agreement is not entirely accurate, either.

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Truthorfiction.com <![CDATA[Peter Fonda Calls for Barron Trump to be Kidnapped on Twitter-Truth!]]> https://www.truthorfiction.com/?p=107099 2018-06-21T17:53:17Z 2018-06-21T17:53:17Z Peter Fonda called for Barron Trump to be kidnapped in a Twitter rant about the administration's "zero tolerance" immigration policy. He later deleted the tweet and apologized.

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Peter Fonda Calls for Barron Trump to be Kidnapped on Twitter-Truth!

Summary of eRumor:

Actor Peter Fonda called for Barron Trump to be kidnapped and caged “with pedophiles” on Twitter.

The Truth:

Peter Fonda tweeted “we should rip Barron Trump from his mother’s arms and put him in a cage with pedophiles” in response to the Trump administration’s “zero tolerance” immigration policy. Fonda later apologized, saying “I went way too far.”

Fonda has been an outspoken critic of President Trump. In June, Fonda’s criticism took on a fevered pitch in response to the administration’s policy of separating immigrant children from their parents.

In the same thread, Fonda also called for activists to scare ICE and CBP agents by surrounding their children’s schools, and for the children of White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee sanders to be taken away given to “Stephen Goebbels Miller for safe keeping.”

Stephanie Grisham, a spokesperson for Melania Trump, told Politico that the White House had reported the tweet about Barron Trump to the Secret Service.

Peter Fonda issued an apology the next day, on June 21. He called his tweet “highly inappropriate and vulgar” in response to the “devastating images I was seeing on television.” Fonda continued:

Like many Americans, I am very impassioned and distraught over the situation with children separated from their families at the border, but I went way too far. It

Peter Fonda called for Barron Trump to be kidnapped in response to the administration’s zero tolerance immigration policy. He later deleted the tweet and apologized.

was wrong and I should not have done it. I immediately regretted it and sincerely apologize to the family for what I said and any hurt my words have caused.”

So, reports that Peter Fonda called for Barron Trump to be kidnapped are true.

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