Alex Demas

Alex Demas is a fact checker at The Dispatch and is based in Washington, D.C. Prior to joining the company in 2023, he worked in England as a financial journalist and earned his MA in Political Economy at King's College London. When not heroically combating misinformation online, Alex can be found mixing cocktails, watching his beloved soccer team Aston Villa lose a match, or attempting to pet stray cats.

Alex Demas

Fact Checking Claims About Directed Energy Weapons

They are not responsible for wildfires in Hawaii or Chile—and painting your roof blue won’t protect you from them.

Debate Over Ukraine Aid Prompts Misleading Claim Against Sen. Cornyn

The editor of a right-wing website mischaracterized a statement he made about Russian disinformation and the border crisis.

Social Media Users Claim Boycotts Are Hurting McDonald’s Bottom Line

The company has acknowledged underperforming projections due to lagging sales in the Middle East.

Assessing Claims by Vladimir Putin in His Interview With Tucker Carlson

The Russian president made a series of false or misleading statements.

Assessing Claims About Bayer’s Mistreatment of Auschwitz Prisoners

Allegations that 150 women died in a clinical trial can’t be confirmed, but the company has long acknowledged that its predecessor facilitated atrocities.

Former President Trump Falsely Denies His Endorsement of Sen. James Lankford

Trump claimed he did not support the senator’s 2022 election bid.

Assessing Claims About Who Pays Tariffs and Whether They Preserve Jobs

Trump adviser Stephen Miller made several false or misleading claims.

Faulty Translation of a Speech Leads to Criticisms of Rep. Ilhan Omar

A viral video that prompted calls for her resignation featured incorrect subtitles.

Social Media Posts Question the Safety of Vaccines for Pregnant Women

Expectant mothers can be inoculated safely against COVID, RSV, the flu, and other illnesses.

Assessing Claims That New York Changed Its Laws So E. Jean Carroll Could Sue Trump

Advocates for sexual assault victims pushed for similar laws for years prior to the Carroll lawsuit.