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Zara Clothes in Istanbul Tagged to Highlight Labor Dispute

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ISTANBUL – Shoppers at the fashion retailer Zara in Istanbul have found unusual tags on their garments: put there by Turkish workers complaining they have not been paid for the merchandise in the store. Workers of an outsource manufacturer for Zara and other retailers have been going into Zara shops leaving tags inside clothes saying: […]




Major Local News Sites Shuttered Amid ‘Dispiriting’ Rash of Media Closures

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Journalists and media observers alike are expressing alarm after a rash of closures and restructurings, many of which affected “alternative” outlets or news web sites with an emphasis on local coverage. (Accessible, thorough, and comprehensive local news is widely agreed to be the best inoculant against the proliferation of misinformation and propaganda.) The most scrutiny […]




Did Seven ‘Key Witnesses’ to Las Vegas Shooting Die Under ‘Suspicious Circumstances’?

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CLAIM Seven “key witnesses” to the 1 October 2017 mass shooting in Las Vegas have suspiciously died in a cover-up. FALSE RATING FALSE ORIGIN On 2 November 2017, the disreputable web site Neon Nettle reported falsely that seven “key witnesses” to the mass shooting on the Las Vegas Strip one month earlier had died under “suspicious […]




President Trump’s Twitter Account Disappears Briefly

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President Donald Trump’s personal Twitter account was down for 11 minutes on 2 November 2017, in what the tech company called “human error by a Twitter employee.” Just before 7 p.m. EST, a search of the president’s handle, @RealDonaldTrump, produced the blue screen showing that the account “doesn’t exist”: However, it was visible again within […]




Did a Children’s Textbook Say Canada’s First Nations ‘Moved’ to Make Room for European Settlers?

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In October 2017, people began sharing images on social media of a page in a Canadian elementary school workbook that indicated the forced displacement of Canada’s First Nations people was a bilateral and voluntary agreement. The booked contains a page headed, “Moving Out” that reads: When the European settlers arrived, they need land to live […]




Did Jared Kushner Go to Saudi Arabia Because it Doesn’t Have an Extradition Treaty With the US?

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CLAIM Jared Kushner took a sudden trip to Saudi Arabia to avoid arrest amid Mueller’s probe. FALSE RATING FALSE ORIGIN On 29 October 2017, the liberal blog Palmer Report published a story reporting Jared Kushner, President Donald Trump’s son-in-law and White House senior adviser, had “secretly” left the country “ahead of his possible arrest”: When […]




Fake News Purveyors Apologize for ‘Satire’ Story Calling Fallen Soldier a Deserter

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There aren’t many apologies given after fake news is posted. Yet, two days after a so-called “satire” site posted a false story smearing the “black soldier” who was killed during a 4 October 2017 ambush in Niger as a “deserter,” administrators for the Facebook page that promoted the story apologized and took it down. The […]




Poisoned Halloween Candy

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CLAIM Police have documented cases of people randomly distributing poisoned goodies to children on Halloween. FALSE RATING FALSE ORIGIN Tales of black-hearted madmen doling out poisoned Halloween candy to unsuspecting little tykes have been around for decades — they were part of my Halloween experience more than forty years ago. And every year sees the […]




1908 Pirates-Cubs Pennant Controversy

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CLAIM A lawsuit brought by an injured fan revealed that an umpire blew an important call in a 1908 baseball game. FALSE RATING FALSE ORIGIN Few tangible elements remain of the 1908 baseball season: The players who took part in it, the reporters who covered it, and the fans who followed it have all passed […]




Mueller Files First Charges in Russia Investigation: CNN

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The first criminal charges resulting from an investigation into collusion between the campaign of President Donald Trump and the Russian government have been filed, according to CNN, which broke the news late Friday, 27 October 2017. A federal grand jury in Washington, D.C. approved the charges, which are sealed by a judge. However plans were […]




Was the ‘Black Soldier’ Killed in Niger a Deserter?

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CLAIM U.S. Army Sgt. La David Johnson was a “defector.” FALSE RATING FALSE ORIGIN On 26 October 2017, FreedumJunkshun.com, a web site that labels itself “satire”, published a story reporting that the “black soldier” killed in an ambush in Niger earlier in the month was a “deserter.” Many who read the article did not detect […]




Parents ‘Infuriated’ Over Controversial Sex Education Worksheet Given to Middle School Students?

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On 23 October 2017, conservative news site The Blaze published a story reporting that parents of public school students in the small town of Jay, Oklahoma, were “infuriated” because the school district “took a sex education class way too far”: Parent Mandy Callihan posted on Facebook that her 12-year-old daughter came to her in tears earlier […]




Are NFL Players Protesting Against Police Brutality Absentee Parents Putting Their Children at Risk?

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CLAIM NFL players protesting police brutality are doing so because they have many children with different women, leading their families into lives of crime. FALSE RATING FALSE ORIGIN In October 2017, a Facebook post seeking to link protests against extrajudicial killings by police to single-parent families appeared and made the usual rounds. The post misrepresents “taking […]




Was Human Rights Activist Bill Browder Banned from Entering the United States?

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On 17 October 2017, the Russian government placed Bill Browder, a former United States citizen who currently maintains British citizenship, on an Interpol wanted persons list. Later that same day, Browder learned he was barred from travel to the U.S., access that had previously been assured through a visa waiver program known as the Electronic System for […]




Harvey Weinstein Gives Names of Hollywood and Washington, D.C. Pedophiles to FBI?

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CLAIM Film producer Harvey Weinstein cut a deal with the FBI to turn over “names of elite pedophiles in Hollywood and Washington, D.C.” FALSE RATING FALSE ORIGIN October 2017 saw the publication of explosive articles by the New York Times and the New Yorker, reporting that American film producer Harvey Weinstein had allegedly sexually harassed […]