Tuesday, September 30th, 2014

Beyond the Truth-O-Meter

A whites-only vaccine for Ebola?

Has the CDC announced trials of an Ebola vaccine that works only on white people? Of course not--more satire passed off as real.

Did Intelligence agencies or the White House err on Islamic State?

As a reader service, here are two key public statements made by administration officials, one nearly a year old, about the threat posed by Islamic State, also known as ISIS, ISIL or al-Qaeda in Iraq.

Does Brnovich ad misstate Rotellini's experience?

Checking a claim in the Arizona attorney general's race.

VA Chief: ‘We’ve Grown 20 Percent in the Past Three Years’

Has the VA caseload grown significantly in Hawaii?

NRCC distorts Nolan’s terrorism record

In its latest ad, the National Republican Congressional Committee is seeking to make 8th Congressional District Rep. Rick Nolan look soft on terrorism.

Does Democrat John Patrick Carney's charter claim check out?

A look at a claim in Ohio's state auditor race.

Moving Ohio Forward Network misleads mightily in attack on Mike DeWine

The Moving Ohio Forward Network packs a lot into a 30-second television spot bashing Republican Attorney General Mike DeWine.

What you need to know about the ‘100 years of failure’ ad targeting Gov. Quinn

This ad clearly seeks to tie Quinn to what is widely seen as a dysfunctional state government and some of its most controversial players. Is it accurate?

Much of GOP broadside misses target

News release by Kansas GOP contained issues.

Is ISIS going home to home to pick out targets?

Checking the claim that operatives of ISIS are going door to door, speaking with residents and then marking the homes of Christians.

The NRA’s over-the-top ad stretches the facts with its images

Is the NRA correct that “Mary Landrieu voted to take away your gun rights”?

Rauner ad hits Quinn on multiple fronts

This is the fourth in a series of political ad fact checks that will be published heading into the Nov. 4 general election.

Cherry-Picking Salary Data in Oregon

An ad from Republican Monica Wehby cherry-picks data to make the case that Oregon Sen. Jeff Merkley is "paying the women on his staff thousands less than their male counterparts.”

Black Lung Battle in West Virginia

Republican Evan Jenkins claims Democratic Rep. Nick Rahall "cut black lung benefits," in an ad that fires back after Rahall claimed Jenkins pledged to “take away” black lung benefits from coal miners.

Abortion Distortions 2014

In the 2014 fight for control of Congress, Democrats are sometimes using a tactic they've used before: Falsifying or exaggerating the positions their Republican opponents have taken on abortion.

Checking allegations made in two ads attacking Doug Ducey

Two different ads have been released in recent weeks trying to sway voters’ opinions of Republican gubernatorial candidate Doug Ducey.

Peters’ Hit on DeMaio and Equal Pay

“DeMaio’s funded by Tea Party extremists, who oppose pay fairness for women. DeMaio’s pledged to support their extreme agenda in Congress,” declares a television ad from Rep. Scott Peters in his congressional campaign against Carl DeMaio. How accurate is it?

Has President Obama ordered the military to enlist 'illegal immigrants'?

A more complicated tale than social media posts suggest.

FBI claims no deaths at Sandy Hook?

It's all a clerical anomaly, nothing more.

Bill Clinton’s claim that 100,000 cops sent the crime rate ‘way down’

Checking Bill Clinton's claim that “I worked hard to put more than 100,000 police on the street and the crime rate went way down.”