Disinformation Filter Project

Disinformation Filter Project Identifying disinformation (bogus or misleading news sources), and providing a technological means to inform the reader of same on Facebook and elsewhere.
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An independent data and software development project geared at identifying bogus or misleading news sites, and providing a technological means to inform the reader where follow up on a particular piece might be advisable. The objective of this project is not to block certain URLs, that is ultimately up to the user, but what I'm trying to do is at least pre-identify content that might need additional vetting or comes from low integrity sources. Principally the best way to drive interest in this way is demonstrating credibility to readers across the political spectrum. To this end, ALL disinformation is injuries and is sought to be identified.

Mission: An independent data and software development project geared at identifying bogus or misleading news sites, and providing a technological means to inform the reader where follow up on a particular piece might be advisable. The objective of this project is not to block certain URLs, that is ultimately up to the user, but what I'm trying to do is at least pre-identify content that might need additional vetting or comes from low integrity sources. Principally the best way to drive interest in this way is demonstrating credibility to readers across the political spectrum. To this end, ALL disinformation is injuries and is sought to be identified.

Fact Checking the 2019 State of the Union Address
02/07/2019
Fact Checking the 2019 State of the Union Address

Fact Checking the 2019 State of the Union Address

President Trump appeared in front of a joint session of Congress for the annual address. Here’s how his remarks stacked up against the facts.

01/24/2019

People who claim that Snopes, Politifact, and Media Bias/Fact Check are biased are basically assholes. I see this accusation levied constantly in each’s comment feed. Some of these sites are better and more detailed than others, but they all publish clear mission statements and are generally rigorous about adhering to them, and getting to the truth. Not to say that one or all don’t infrequently get something wrong, but they are valuable, professionally run resources, and are quick to review and correct when they misfire.

PolitiFact
01/24/2019

PolitiFact

Vice President Mike Pence said, "The caliphate has crumbled, and ISIS has been defeated." On the same day, ISIS claimed responsibility for a suicide blast in Manbij, Syria, that killed four Americans.

Your Tuesday PolitiFact truth rundown: https://mailchi.mp/politifact/politifact-daily-email-truth-rundown-562045

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Meme displays fake Elizabeth Warren quote on rape, Muslims
12/19/2018
Meme displays fake Elizabeth Warren quote on rape, Muslims

Meme displays fake Elizabeth Warren quote on rape, Muslims

There are some bizarre stuff that gets posted on the internet, but one meme involving Democratic Sen. Elizabeth Warren takes it to another level. An image of the Massachusetts senator recently appeared on Facebook, and attributes her to the following quote:

He lived up to this campaign promise, but I’d prefer that he actually took the $400k than wash every single personal e...
12/06/2018
Updated - Trump-O-Meter: Take no salary

He lived up to this campaign promise, but I’d prefer that he actually took the $400k than wash every single personal expense and then some through White House operations

"If I'm elected president, I'm accepting no salary."

PolitiFact
11/10/2018

PolitiFact

We fact-checked the distorted video Sarah Sanders used to bar CNN White House reporter Jim Acosta https://bit.ly/2yYGHiS

You may have seen on Facebook that "Gun-carrying civilian groups and border vigilantes have heard a call to arms in Pres...
11/09/2018
Yes, armed U.S. civilians are headed to the border

You may have seen on Facebook that "Gun-carrying civilian groups and border vigilantes have heard a call to arms in President Trump’s warnings about threats to American security posed by caravans of Central American migrants moving through Mexico." This is reporting from The Washington Post.

Days after false claims that Beto O’Rourke was illegally using campaign funds to help the migrant caravan, the Patriot Journal published a

PolitiFact
11/06/2018

PolitiFact

In a rally in Ohio, Donald J. Trump made a slew of misleading claims about illegal immigration the migrant caravan including that Democrats want to give them the right to vote. That's wrong. https://bit.ly/2D1Cq1a

11/02/2018
PolitiFact

PolitiFact

New video: In an attack on Andrew Gillum, @Donald J. Trump singled out the city of Tallahassee for corruption. That's somewhat misleading since the FBI probe hasn't led to any charges. Florida has a long history of corruption convictions in some cities and counties including Miami and Broward. https://bit.ly/2P1md2V

Trump’s Falsehood-Laden Speech on Immigration
11/02/2018
Trump’s Falsehood-Laden Speech on Immigration

Trump’s Falsehood-Laden Speech on Immigration

At the White House, and in the lead-up to the midterm elections, President Trump issued a warning to the migrant caravan headed toward the United States. His speech was filled with inaccurate claims.

The man at the center of President Trump's controversial new midterms ad who killed two police officers in 2014 was read...
11/01/2018
Trump's new ad incorrectly claims Democrats readmitted cop killer to US

The man at the center of President Trump's controversial new midterms ad who killed two police officers in 2014 was readmitted to the United States during President George W. Bush's tenure, not under the Democrats, as the ad incorrectly states.

The ad shows clips of Bracamontes spewing profanities and threats while at trial, followed by the message, "Democrats let him stay."

10/29/2018

Trump supporters (along with Trump himself) make meals of demonizing CNN, but let's not forget where this started.

During his 2015-2016 campaign, CNN gave Trump endless free airtime during his many call-ins, and even employed one of his confederates (Corey Lewandowski) as a member of senior on-air staff. Trump had no shortage of allies at CNN at that point.

However, as soon as he was elected, Trump was all anti-CNN (among other outlets) all the time. So, CNN did what any organization would do: it defended itself. Even if it meant that refuting his spurious accusations would be generally construed as an anti-Trump bias.

I am personally neither a regular CNN viewer nor a fan, but it seems pretty clear who was, and who continues to be, the aggressor in this shameful dynamic.

So, this happened yesterday as well.  Trump claimed that the NYSE was open for business the day after 9/11 to justify th...
10/28/2018
Trump Lied About 9/11 To Justify Speech Schedule Post-Synagogue Shooting

So, this happened yesterday as well. Trump claimed that the NYSE was open for business the day after 9/11 to justify this. The market didn’t open until the following Monday, Sept 17: six days later.

Justifying his decision to attend a political rally and address the Future Farmers of America convention on Saturday — both...

PolitiFact
10/26/2018

PolitiFact

Just before the FBI arrested a suspect, we wrote this fact-check: Conspiracy website spread false report of Democratic and CNN ties to the pipe bombs.
http://bit.ly/2PY8czB

No evidence ‘deep state’ behind explosive packages
10/26/2018
No evidence ‘deep state’ behind explosive packages

No evidence ‘deep state’ behind explosive packages

No known arrests have been made in connection with a wave of explosive devices mailed in recent days to prominent Democrats and critics of the Trump administration, and federal law enforcement agencies have not disclosed a motive. But that didn’t stop conspiracy-minded pundits like Alex Jones of I...

PolitiFact
10/24/2018
PolitiFact

PolitiFact

A Facebook post that's been shared more than 85,000 times falsely claims the photos are of the current migrant caravan — and that they're coming on trains and buses. The photos are from 2013 and from April.

Trump supporters fall for hoax about the Mayo Clinic intentionally aborting their babies
10/21/2018
Trump supporters fall for hoax about the Mayo Clinic intentionally aborting their babies

Trump supporters fall for hoax about the Mayo Clinic intentionally aborting their babies

A new internet hoax claims that the Mayo Clinic is intentionally misdiagnosing pregnant Trump supporters so it can force them to get abortions — and some of the president’s fans are actually falling for it. WUSA 9 reports that the hoax began with a tweet from a woman claiming to be a Mayo Clinic...

No Evidence Ginsburg Vowed to Resign Over Kavanaugh - FactCheck.org
10/18/2018
No Evidence Ginsburg Vowed to Resign Over Kavanaugh - FactCheck.org

No Evidence Ginsburg Vowed to Resign Over Kavanaugh - FactCheck.org

Q: Did Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg say she would “resign” if Judge Brett Kavanaugh was confirmed to the Supreme Court? A: No. There is no evidence to support that claim made in a viral meme. FULL ANSWER Speaking at a New York City event in August, Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader G...

PolitiFact
10/15/2018

PolitiFact

In full campaign mode, Donald J. Trump paints a frightening picture of a Democratic future. "Raid Medicare to pay for their socialist agenda." "The party of crime," and more. We fact-checked. http://bit.ly/2NvtkLw

It’s not ⅔.  Far too few people vote, and this makes a fair point, but it’s not ⅔. It was 43% as of 2016.  The r...
10/12/2018

It’s not ⅔. Far too few people vote, and this makes a fair point, but it’s not ⅔. It was 43% as of 2016. The reality is plenty bad enough without resorting to distortion.

FYI: this came from Robert Reich’s feed this time, but I have seen it mentioned in numerous places.

PolitiFact
10/10/2018

PolitiFact

Donald J. Trump accused Democrats of of forcing the death of Medicare if Medicare for All became the law of the land. With the help of experts, we fact-checked his doomsday predictions. http://bit.ly/2OO9kIH

10/09/2018
PolitiFact

Not even trying anymore

FALSE: President Donald J. Trump's claim that Democrats are signing on to an "open borders bill." There is no such bill. Here are the facts: https://bit.ly/2C29Bkt

PolitiFact
10/09/2018

PolitiFact

We’ve been fact-checking Donald J. Trump since 2011. Check out his PolitiFact scorecard: http://bit.ly/1qCLq2G

PolitiFact
10/08/2018

PolitiFact

Donald J. Trump gave his backers three core reasons to fear Democrats as he barnstormed last week. The party of crime. Will destroy Medicare. Want to raise your taxes. We found wide gaps between his words and the facts. http://bit.ly/2NvtkLw

PolitiFact
10/08/2018

PolitiFact

Donald J. Trump likes to call Sen. Richard Blumenthal "Da Nang Richard" for leading people to think that he served in Vietnam. Read our matched pair of fact-checks. Did Blumenthal lie? http://bit.ly/2RmkvXH. Trump's creative liberties in his attack http://bit.ly/2ybjIQk

Brett Kavanaugh and 'what goes around comes around'
10/06/2018
Brett Kavanaugh and 'what goes around comes around'

Brett Kavanaugh and 'what goes around comes around'

In his historic testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee, Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh defiantly accused Democrats and the Clintons of orchestrating a political

Collins' Misleading Use of Court Statistic - FactCheck.org
10/05/2018
Collins' Misleading Use of Court Statistic - FactCheck.org

Collins' Misleading Use of Court Statistic - FactCheck.org

In announcing she would vote to confirm Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, Sen. Susan Collins said Judges Kavanaugh and Merrick Garland "voted the same way in 93 percent of cases they heard together" on the federal appeals court in the District of Columbia. This is evidence, she said, that Kavan...

IdiotFilter.  That’s not Blasey Ford. It’s Kirsten Gillibrand, you imbecile.
10/01/2018

IdiotFilter. That’s not Blasey Ford. It’s Kirsten Gillibrand, you imbecile.

TMZ picked up the QAnon conspiracy theory that the woman in this photo with Hillary Clinton was Christine Blasey Ford’...
09/27/2018
QAnon's Brett Kavanaugh conspiracy theory spreads to TMZ

TMZ picked up the QAnon conspiracy theory that the woman in this photo with Hillary Clinton was Christine Blasey Ford’s lawyer Deborah Katz.

It wasn’t.

It was Hillary Clinton's photographer, Barbara Kinney.

Although known for its stories about celebrities, TMZ has increasingly become a pro-Trump media operation.

PolitiFact
09/25/2018

PolitiFact

"NAFTA was a disaster...," President Donald Trump said. "We lost millions of jobs. NAFTA was a disaster." http://bit.ly/2xCfvpn #NAFTAcheck #TradeFacts

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