Alec Dent

Alec Dent is the fact check editor and culture editor for The Dispatch. He is a graduate of the Hussman School of Journalism and Media at UNC Chapel Hill.

Alec Dent

Fact Checking a Viral Photo of Melania Trump

An image depicting her posing with a shovel on the grave of Ivana Trump is digitally altered.

The New Right Finds a Home at the Intersection of Populism and Elitism

Rising stars of the new right publicly bash elites for being disconnected from 'real America' while privately maintaining exclusive social lives.

Fact Check: Does Monkeypox Have 99.97 Survival Rate?

A claim from former OAN anchor Liz Wheeler is false.

Fact Check: Biden Exaggerated Vaccine Claim

Video from a 2021 resurfaces after the president’s COVID-19 diagnosis.

Fact Check: Trump Statement on Biden’s COVID Diagnosis a Fake

The former president did not make the widely shared statement.

Fact Check: Was a Woman Denied Entry Into the U.S. Because of an Abortion?

No, but Customs and Border Protection officials are investigating questions officers asked her at an airport.

Fact Check: Did Joe Biden Say He Has Cancer?

Viral claims are accurate, though a spokesman clarified that Biden was referring to a past diagnosis of non-melanoma skin cancer.

Fact Check: Pete Buttigieg Didn’t Say ‘High Gas Prices Are Forcing People to Electric Vehicles’

A viral tweet provides a misleading summary of the transportation secretary’s comments during an interview.

Fact Checking Joe Biden’s Claims on the Gun Industry

The president made a misleading statement about immunity for gun manufacturers.