U.S. Department of State

Alternative Fact of the Week: Uranium One and an Actual Fact All-Star

Alternative Fact of the Week: Uranium One and an Actual Fact All-Star

We have not had much occasion during the Trump era to celebrate the declaration of actual facts — you know, the independently verifiable, logical, sane, well sourced things that you’d hope would be the basis of civil discussion. But this week we offer a shout-out to Fox News anchor Shepard Smith as our Actual Fact of the Week All-Star for his succinct debunking of the persistent alternative facts his employer (and many others) have been spouting about an obscure 2010 business transaction involving a South African mining company.

The fact checking on the wild claims by President Donald Trump and others about the Uranium One deal has been done many times before. Mr. Smith broke no new...

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