In the lead-up to Donald Trump’s immigration address on Tuesday night, fact-checking was front and center.
After major networks decided to air the speech, media critics quickly called on them to do live fact-checking — which (Poynter-owned) PolitiFact explained more deeply in a Twitter thread. BuzzFeed News shied away from fact-checking altogether, instead opting to preempt Trump by publishing stories about the U.S.-Mexico border. And after U.S. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) questioned how fact-checkers produce their verdicts, fact-checkers had a high-profile discussion about how their jobs work. (More on that in our fact-checking newsletter tomorrow.)
And, as fact-checkers always do during major political events, there was a lot of debunking going on.
The Washington Post Fact Checker published a cheat sheet before Trump even took the podium. PolitiFact reporters live fact-checked the speech. And the Associated Press published a myriad of pieces about the occasion — including one tweet that attracted the ire of Twitter users.
Below is a sample of the coverage that independent American fact-checkers have done related to Trump’s immigration address, with verdicts in line where applicable. Have another fact check you think we should include, or something you’re unsure is true? Email firstname.lastname@example.org.
AP Fact Check
Verdict: Pants on Fire
The Washington Post Fact Checker
Verdict: Four Pinocchios
Verdict: Three Pinocchios