Beyond the Truth-O-Meter

Checking Joni Ernst on Medicare

Checking a TV ad from the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee launched this week in Iowa.

Sunday, August 31st, 2014

Was Michelle Obama barred from traveling with her husband to Islamic countries?

Did Barack Obama's status as a Muslim prevent his wife from traveling with him to Islamic countries in April 2009? No, for multiple reasons.

Sunday, August 31st, 2014

Attacking Rick Allen’s Government Contracts

A Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee TV ad relies on innuendo and omission to accuse Georgia Republican Rick Allen of making “insider deals” to get government contracts at taxpayer expense.

Sunday, August 31st, 2014

Teacher pay claims raise questions in North Carolina

Teacher pay may be a state budget issue, but it is already featuring prominently in North Carolina's U.S. Senate race.

Friday, August 29th, 2014

Trading Jabs in Michigan

Republican Terri Lynn Land and the Democratic party trade barbs in the Michigan Senate race, but both ads mislead voters.

Friday, August 29th, 2014

Did Bud Selig save baseball in San Diego?

Were you surprised by Wednesday's revelation that Major League Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig saved baseball in San Diego? Longtime San Diego fans were.

Thursday, August 28th, 2014

Scandalous Ad in New Hampshire Race

A conservative group accuses Sen. Jeanne Shaheen in a TV ad of "profiting from her votes in Congress." But the scandal is how the group distorts the facts.

Thursday, August 28th, 2014

Does Kay Hagan vote with Obama 95 percent of the time?

"Kay Hagan has voted for President Obama’s failed partisan agenda 95 percent of the time during her tenure in Washington," reads a recent release from Thom Tillis' campaign. Is it accurate?

Thursday, August 28th, 2014

Presidential Vacations

Q: Is it true that George W. Bush took more vacation days than Barack Obama? A: Yes.

Thursday, August 28th, 2014

Can illegal aliens fly without an ID?

Does the TSA permit illegal aliens to board standard commercial flights without proper identification if they produce a "notice to appear"?

Wednesday, August 27th, 2014

New Wendy Davis ad attacks Greg Abbott

The newest television ad from Democratic gubernatorial candidate Wendy Davis goes after her Republican challenger Greg Abbott for alleged connections to grants from the Cancer Prevention Research Institute of Texas.

Wednesday, August 27th, 2014

Did Tillis give tax breaks to yacht owners?

Leaky logic in an ad attacking Thom Tillis.

Wednesday, August 27th, 2014

The photo of Michael Brown that isn't

A Kansas City police officer shared a picture that he and others have claimed is slain teenager Michael Brown in a compromising position, but it's actually an accused killer from Oregon.

Tuesday, August 26th, 2014

Tax increases due to Obamacare?

A flawed email on a purported bevy of tax hikes.

Tuesday, August 26th, 2014

South Carolina Ad ‘Hides’ Key Fact

An ad from the Democratic challenger in the South Carolina governor's race says that when hackers stole 3.6 million Social Security numbers from state computers, Gov. Nikki Haley "hid it from us for two weeks."

Tuesday, August 26th, 2014

President Obama and the general's funeral

President Obama wasn't breaking tradition when he declined to attend the funeral of a slain general.

Monday, August 25th, 2014

Did George Zimmerman get arrested while visiting Ferguson, Mo.?

Despite a massive number of social-media shares, this comes from a satire publication.

Monday, August 25th, 2014

Did Iowa's governor deport immigrant children?

There's a reason you didn't hear about this on the news -- it didn't happen.

Monday, August 25th, 2014

Is police brutality toward African-Americans rare?

Determining if something is rare is a difficult thing because one must decide rarity in comparison with something else.

Monday, August 25th, 2014

Did John Kavanagh vote for 'Obamacare?'

Checking whether businessman Jeff Schwartz, John Kavanagh's opponent for state Senate, was correct in stating Kavanagh supported the federal Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare. Schwartz' campaign made the claim on signs in Legislative District 23.

Monday, August 25th, 2014

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