Tuesday, May 26th, 2015

Beyond the Truth-O-Meter

Ted Cruz and Josh Duggar

No, Ted Cruz didn't say, "While there may have been an age difference, Josh Duggar's transgressions are far less an affront to God than what gays do with each other."

Clinton’s ‘Secret’ Email Accounts

The Republican National Committee thinks it has the smoking gun that proves Hillary Clinton used “multiple secret email addresses” as secretary of state. It doesn't.

Jeb Bush Off on Contributions to Warming

Jeb Bush claimed that the science is unclear as to how much humans contribute to global warming. The United Nations climate change research organization, however, said it was "extremely likely" that more than half of the warming since 1950 is due to human activities.

Clinton’s claim that it takes longer to start a business in the U.S. than in Canada or France

In the context in which Clinton used this factoid, it does not make much sense.

Clinton Misuses Stat on CEO Pay

Hillary Clinton said the "average American CEO" makes 300 times more than the typical worker, but she was referring to a study that looked at pay disparity between CEOs and average workers only at the top 350 companies.

Mark Kirk’s bizarre claim that Nelson Mandela dismantled South Africa’s nuclear program

Actually, Mandela was in prison at the time.

Racist terms point Google Maps users to White House

Hacking has created a genuine glitch.

What Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker said at Iowa GOP Lincoln Dinner

Checking claims from the presidential candidate's speech.

Hillary Clinton’s claim that hedge fund managers ‘pay a lower tax rate’ than nurses and truck drivers

Sometimes a few words makes a difference in a lot of Pinocchios.

Rick Santorum’s claim that he’s responsible for the ‘crushing sanctions’ on Iran

A few days before this speech, our colleagues at FactCheck.org called out Santorum’s “puffery on Iran” during a speech he gave on May 9. He adjusted his language somewhat — but not enough to avoid getting a bushel of Pinocchios.

Does a Fetus Feel Pain at 20 Weeks?

A number of Republican House members say scientific research proves a 20-week-old fetus can feel pain. What is the state of the science?

Marco Rubio’s claim that President Bush said he would not have invaded Iraq

We can find no evidence to justify Rubio’s claim that former President Bush has said that he would not have invaded Iraq if he had known no weapons of mass destruction would have been found.

Ben Carson makes faulty Lincoln analogy

Ben Carson, who is running for the Republican nomination for president, said in Iowa on Saturday that Abraham Lincoln had only two years of political experience before running for the presidency.

Did Wisconsin bar certain food purchases by the poor?

Has Wisconsin passed a bill banning poor people from purchasing shellfish, potatoes, and ketchup?

Rep. Trent Franks, the Pope and the Bible

Did Rep. Trent Franks say Pope Francis doesn't understand scripture, which he claimed does not obligate Christians to help the poor?

O’Malley’s Immigration Exaggeration

Martin O’Malley went too far in claiming that Hillary Clinton wanted to "return refugee children from Central America summarily back to death gangs and the drug gangs."

Fiorina’s Selective Record at HP

Carly Fiorina says "we doubled the size of the company" and "took the growth rate from 2 percent to 9 percent," while she was CEO of Hewlett-Packard. But Fiorina uses different time frames to boost her record.

Clinton’s inaccurate claim that immigrant detention facilities have a legal requirement to fill beds

Clinton’s description of the bed mandate is outdated and inaccurate.

Democrats’ trade argument against China is out of date

China is not devaluing its currency, and it’s actually moving away from policies aimed at propping up its exports.

No, Sarah Palin didn't knock Barack Obama's name

Another concocted social meme.