Saturday, January 31st, 2015

Beyond the Truth-O-Meter

Does Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan want to cut school funding?

is the new governor cutting education spending or increasing it? Well, he’s doing both.

Obama's secret importation of Muslims

Is President Barack Obama "secretly importing" 75,000 Muslims into the U.S?

The VA chapel and the missing Christian symbols

Did President Barack Obama order a VA chapel in Michigan to hide Christian symbols behind a curtain?

Obama Juices the Genome Numbers

President Obama repeated an outdated and questionable number for the Human Genome Project's return on investment, and oversold just how cheap sequencing a single person's full genetic code has become.

Obama Fudges Facts in Philly

In a speech to House Democrats, President Barack Obama stretched the facts to underscore political points about national security and the improving economy.

The Obama administration’s illusionary job gains from the Trans-Pacific Partnership

The Fact Checker frequently warns readers to be wary of claims by politicians that various policy initiatives will yield tens of thousands of jobs.

Story of ‘gutsy bravehearts’ who fought off Boko Haram is a hoax

A small group of Nigerian women armed with AK-47s save their town and their school from Boko Haram militants. It is a story that has captured imaginations on social media. But the story is a hoax.

All U.S. Jobs Did Not Go to Immigrants

Rick Santorum touted a shocking statistic to Iowa voters: Of the "6 million net new jobs created in America" since 2000, "all of them" are held by immigrants. That's not accurate.

Biden’s Twist on U.S. Economy

Biden twisted international data on economic growth when he said the U.S. is “the only country in the world expected to continue to grow.”

Jeb Bush’s claim that the U.S. annually imports $300 billion in oil from countries that ‘hate us’

Former governor Jeb Bush, a potential candidate for president in 2016, made these remarks in the context of celebrating the energy abundance of the United States. But in doing so, he made a very common mistake in talking about the countries from which the United States imports oil.

A bipartisan fail over claims there was a 300 percent increase in ‘escort’ ads during the Dallas Super Bowl

There is a lot of frenzy every year over the Super Bowl — the team, fans, halftime show and commercials. And every year, there is an alarming message that the Super Bowl draws record levels of sex trafficking activity to the host city, as droves of sex slaves are supposedly sold to meet the increased demand.

Did Saudi TV blue Michelle Obama's face?

Did a Saudi television station blur out Michelle Obama's face during a news broadcast? No, someone else did.

Has Sharia law been established in a jurisdiction in Texas?

It's a mediation center, just like ones established by Christians and Jews.

Both Sides in Keystone XL Debate Bend Facts

Supporters of the Keystone XL pipeline, which would run from Canada to the Gulf, say the privately funded, $8 billion project is a critically needed piece of infrastructure that will create thousands of jobs and make the U.S. dependent on oil from friends, rather than foes. Critics claim it will disastrously increase the pollution blamed for global warming and put communities along its 1,179-mile route at risk for a damaging spill, all for oil and products that will be exported anyway. Which is it?

Distorting Climate Change Threats, Solutions

Two potential Republican candidates for president distorted the facts about climate change and casually dismissed well-established threats and potential solutions.

Rand Paul Exaggerates Tax Credit Fraud

Sen. Paul falsely claimed that a tax credit program for low-income workers has a "fraud rate" of 25 percent and costs taxpayers "$20 billion to $30 billion." Paul cited a report by the Government Accountability Office, but that's not what the report said.

Santorum’s claim that all ‘net new jobs’ went to immigrants and fewer native-born Americans are working since 2000

Santorum correctly uses the numbers from the Center for Immigration Studies’ report. But the figures he cites do not tell the full story.

Is the CIA director a secret Muslim?

Did CIA Director John Brennan convert to Islam while stationed in Saudi Arabia?

Arizona House Dems wrong on college graduation rate

It's not correct that, "right now, only seven out of 100 kids who enter Arizona's public high-school system graduate from college."

Ted Cruz’s claim that one of Obama’s ‘very first acts’ was returning a bust of Churchill

Making a mountain out of a molehill earns this claim Two Pinocchios.