Thursday, September 3rd, 2015

Beyond the Truth-O-Meter

Santorum’s Climate Consensus Claims

Rick Santorum made two false claims regarding the scientific consensus on climate change in an interview with HBO's Bill Maher.

Senate leader misleads on climate bill oversight

Senate President Pro Tem Kevin de León was promoting his new climate bill in a TV interview Monday when he was asked why lawmakers should grant authority to the California Air Resources Board – an unelected body – to decide how to implement provisions of the legislation, including reducing petroleum use in California.

The fishy claim that ‘100,000 children’ in the United States are in the sex trade

This is a commonly cited statistic in the media and among politicians when discussing the sex trade involving children under the age of 18.

A fake Trump quote about Puerto Ricans

Once again, fake news.

Walker’s Economic Spin

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, a Republican candidate for president, strained the facts when he compared his state's economic performance with that of the United States.

Jeff Flake mostly right on Iran sanctions

The Iran deal does restrict the U.S.’ ability to impose certain sanctions.

Scrutinizing that 'New American Way of Life' editorial

It's not nearly as easy (or as legal) to fleece the government as this widely shared post suggests.

Does 'Denali' mean 'black power' in Kenyan?

No it doesn't, regardless of what a meme says.

Rand Paul’s grand, inaccurate retelling of ‘federal SWAT team’ raids

Government is evil. Or maybe the truth is more nuanced.

Eric Meyer correct on size of state surplus

Checking Arizona's House Democratic Leader.

President Obama and the Virginia shooter

Did President Obama blame Virginia shooter Vester Lee Flanagan’s actions on “white privilege”?

A fake Ben Carson quote

Did Ben Carson say slavery was the “best thing that could have happened” to blacks? No.

A Decade-Old Democratic Claim

For years, Democrats have been twisting Republicans' positions to claim they want to "privatize" Social Security. The latest distortion: DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz claimed Jeb Bush supported his brother's plan that would put "Americans at risk of losing their retirement savings."

A wall between Mexico and Guatemala?

No -- a photo of the U.S.-Mexico border wall falsely attributed to a different international border.

Vice President Blutarsky?

No, Joe Biden did not say that the Germans bombed Pearl Harbor.

Was airline's dropping of Philly-Tel Aviv route done to please Arab nations?

According to one anonymous source -- and no one else.

Cruz’s claim that Obama administration policy led to release of ‘104,000 violent criminal aliens’

Let’s examine whether so many “violent criminal illegal aliens” are being released every year as a result of administration policies.

Why you shouldn’t retweet Sanders’s claim that Hitler ‘won an election’

There was an election in 1932 — but Hitler lost.

FactChecking Trump’s Press Conference

Donald Trump's recent press conference garnered a lot of media attention for his put downs of two high-profile journalists, but he didn't treat the facts much better.

Rubio’s Shaky ACA Hypothetical

Sen. Marco Rubio described a hypothetical Detroit business owner with 10 employees as facing higher costs under the Affordable Care Act, saying the man was considering moving one employee to part time to "save ... a significant amount under Obamacare."