Thursday, May 7th, 2015

Beyond the Truth-O-Meter

Huckabee’s repeated claim that he passed ’94 tax cuts’ as governor

Huckabee has the responsibility to retire or revise this talking point as he embarks on another presidential run.

Paul Ryan’s slick use of poverty rates to declare the ‘war on poverty’ a failure

It’s a bit slick for Ryan to suggest the war on poverty has been a failure while touting an improvement in an anti-poverty program that is not captured in the statistic he cites.

Huckabee Repeats Discredited Claims

Mike Huckabee announced he is running for president once again and, in doing so, repeated some old, discredited lines on the economy, health care and tax cuts.

Huckabee Exaggerates State’s Income Gains

Mike Huckabee says as governor of Arkansas he “raised average family income by 50 percent.” That's an exaggeration.

Warren’s false claim that ‘auto dealer markups cost consumers $26 billion a year’

How accurate is this $26 billion figure and is Warren describing it correctly?

Gallego half right on gun deaths, bans

Did the Arizona lawmaker correctly depict the number of gun-related deaths and injuries in America and whether banning assault rifles and high-capacity magazines protects police officers?

Greg Abbott and Jade Helm

Still looking for answers about Jade Helm?

Did President Obama call Baltimore rioters "heroes"?

Nope, just more satire passed off as real.

FactChecking Huckabee, Fiorina and Carson

The Republican presidential primary has three new contenders: former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee; former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina; and retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson.

The Super Bowl rotation myth

The NFL now uses a wider selection of Super Bowl host cities.

Both sides stretched truth in Prop. 1 ads

Both sides of the Proposal 1 debate stretched the truth in TV ads — the no side in two ads and the yes side until late in the campaign, when they switched to a more restrained message featuring former U.S. Sen. Carl Levin.

Did Czech leader call out U.S. for electing Barack Obama?

Did Former Czech president Václav Klaus call the American people a "confederacy of fools" for electing Barack Obama?

Pelosi’s perplexing claim that House bill would ‘cut’ VA medical care funds

To call the funding in the House bill a “cut” is not accurate.

Coming to America

Q: Is President Obama flying children from Central America to the U.S.? A: Yes.

Iran’s claim that Israel has 400 nuclear weapons

In the debate over Iran’s nuclear ambitions, the unacknowledged nuclear stockpile of Israel often comes up.

6 Quick Ways to Identify Fake News

It's easier than you think.

The Extreme Weather-Warming Connection

Rep. Lamar Smith, R-Texas, made several incorrect claims in a Wall Street Journal opinion piece regarding connections between climate change and severe weather.

Does the United States really have 5 percent of the world’s population and one quarter of the world’s prisoners?

A rare Geppetto checkmark for Hillary Clinton.

Baltimore ‘looting’ tweets show importance of quick and easy image checks

Some of the Baltimore "looting" pictures are actually not what they seem -- and figuring out those that aren't is easy for the careful reader to do.

Nope, Jon Stewart, $1 trillion wasn’t spent on Afghanistan schools at the expense of Baltimore.

The Fact Checker is a huge fan of The Daily Show, as Jon Stewart is frequently an excellent fact checker of media and politician misdeeds and inconsistencies. He’s also a comedian and, to some extent, a pundit. So why are we fact checking him?