Beyond the Truth-O-Meter

Checking Bernie Sanders on childhood poverty

Does the United States have the highest childhood poverty rate of any developed nation?

No, Obama didn't lower the age of consent for sex to 13

More fake news passed off as real.

Did the U.S. drop leaflets before airstrike on ISIS?

There's a grain of truth, but no portion of the extensive media coverage of those strikes remotely indicated that the leaflets were dropped with the idea of aiding with ISIS in mind.

Loretta Lynch’s false claim on sex trafficking arrests

This is a story about how the language regarding the crime of sex trafficking has become so fuzzy that even the nation’s top law enforcement officer can speak before an international audience and utter wildly inflated statistics.

College students protesting Abe Lincoln?

A photograph showing a protester holding a sign reading "Lincoln Was Racist" is fake.

Ethanol: Higher Emissions or Lower?

In dueling TV ads, foes of the federal ethanol mandate claim that it "doubles greenhouse gas emissions," while the ethanol lobby says that "the oil industry is lying" and the mandate will lead to lower emissions.

Trump Retweets Bogus Crime Graphic

Trump retweeted a bogus graphic purporting to show the percentage of whites killed by blacks and other homicide data delineated by race. Almost every figure in the graphic is wrong.

Facts about the Syrian Refugees

The Paris bombings and other recent terrorist attacks have given rise to a political debate within the United States about the Obama administration's plan to admit Syrian refugees. But the facts about refugees are being distorted in some instances.

Ben Carson, author of book about the Constitution, incorrectly states that Thomas Jefferson crafted it

It’s not the first time Carson has abused Jefferson’s history.

Donald Trump's memory of celebrations on 9/11

Donald Trump insisted he witnessed television footage "thousands" of Muslims in New Jersey "cheering" the 9/11 attacks, despite the fact that claim was long since debunked.

The claim about eight Syrians at the U.S.-Mexico border

Claims that eight Syrians were "caught" at the U.S.-Mexico border are misleading.

Hillary Clinton on gender and pay increases

Is men’s pay is going up more than twice as fast as women’s pay during the current period of economic expansion?

Bernie Sanders’s claim that he would expand, not dismantle, the Affordable Care Act

Sanders makes it sound as if he would tack on some additional provisions or coverage to ACA — when, in reality, his new single-payer health system would replace the ACA and all other existing federal coverage.

Minefield of misinformation in wake of Paris attacks and Syrian refugee debate

If truth is the first casualty of war, it can also take a beating in a time of terrorism. A week of raging debate over Syrian refugees and Islamic State violence has scattered misinformation everywhere.

Most GOP Candidates Flunk Climate Science

When it comes to climate science, two of the three Democratic presidential candidates are A students, while most of the Republican contenders are flunking, according to a panel of scientists who reviewed candidates' comments.

Do IRS agents really outnumber G-men and spies?

A closer look at government employee numbers.

Donald Trump’s outrageous claim that ‘thousands’ of New Jersey Muslims celebrated the 9/11 attacks

He cannot simply assert something so damning; he must provide some real evidence or else issue an apology.

Obama, the VA and Christmas

No, President Obama didn't ban Christmas trees or the phrase "Merry Christmas" from VA facilities.

Was the Fort Hood shooter a refugee?

No, Fort Hood shooter Nidal Hasan was not a "vetted refugee." He was an American citizen born in the United States.

Global Factcheckathon: G-20 summit fact-checked by 12 fact-checking organizations

As world leaders gathered in Antalya, Turkey, to discuss economic policies at the G-20 summit on Nov. 15 and 16, The Fact Checker and our counterparts around the world held our own global collaboration — the second G-20 Factcheckathon.