Beyond the Truth-O-Meter

Counter-Demonstrators Didn't Have Permits in Charlottesville?

Counter-demonstrators had permits for two parks, while the "alt-right" was granted an injunction allowing them to use Emancipation Park.

President Trump’s list of false and misleading claims tops 1,000

We have been tracking President Trump’s false or misleading claims for more than seven months. Somewhere around Aug. 4 or Aug. 5, he broke 1,000 claims, and the tally now stands at 1,057.

Is This Antifa Manual Real?

Images of a fake "antifa" manual circulated online in August 2017.

Was Driver Acting in Self-Defense?

Q: Does a video corroborate a belief by Charlottesville police officers that the driver in the fatal car attack at a white nationalist rally “was not acting maliciously”? A: No.

Vigilante Protesters Digging Up Confederate Graves after Charlottesville Clashes?

Despite reports, emboldened protesters in Charlottesville have not started unearthing the bodies of Confederate soldiers.

Attorney General Sessions’s absurd link between sanctuary policies and crimes in Chicago and Miami-Dade

Sessions gave a speech in Miami praising Miami-Dade County and skewering Chicago over the two cities’ divergent approach to sanctuary policies. Sessions attributed the cities’ crime rates, specifically the number of shooting deaths over Fourth of July weekend, to their opposing stances on sanctuary policies. Is that accurate?

Charlottesville Driver Mix-up

Q: Did the man who drove his car into a crowd of counterprotesters in Charlottesville, Virginia, meet with former President Obama in the White House? A: No.

Trump Asks, ‘What About the Alt-Left?’ Here’s an Answer

Comparing Antifa to Mr. Fields’s act is like “comparing a propeller plane to a C-130 transport,” said Brian Levin, the director of the Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism at California State University, San Bernardino.

Does Amazon Pay Taxes? Contrary to Trump Tweet, Yes

The criticism is outdated.

Study Pershing, Trump Said. But the Story Doesn’t Add Up

“This is a repeated myth that has no basis in truth,” said James R. Arnold, the author of “Moro War: How America Battled a Muslim Insurgency in the Philippine Jungle, 1902-1913.”

Is There an ‘Alt-Left’?

The term "alt-right" was invented by the movement it describes; the term "alt-left" was invented to discredit their ideological opposites.

Did Abraham Lincoln Express Opposition to Racial Equality?

An authentic quote from Lincoln has attracted renewed attention, along with some commentary that oversimplifies his views on race.

Are ‘Antifa’ and the Alt-Right Equally Violent?

Violence has been ratcheting up on all sides during white supremacist rallies in recent months — but "antifa" is not planning the rallies, and statistically poses a lesser danger.

The Trump administration’s claim that the U.S. government ‘certified’ 700,000 jobs lost by NAFTA

This is a statistic derived from fuzzy data that was 16 years old — and which ignored the positive impact of trade with Mexico and Canada. In doing so, he sidesteps the fact that most economists believe the impact of NAFTA on the U.S. economy was relatively modest and trade imbalances are relatively small, especially if oil products are excluded.

Were Police Told to 'Stand Down' Amid Violence in Charlottesville?

Despite rumors, there was no "stand-down" order issued to police overseeing a white supremacist rally turned deadly in Virginia.

What Trump said about Virginia protesters

President Donald Trump on Tuesday defended his response to Saturday's racially-charged protests in Charlottesville, Virginia, in a winding, combative exchange with reporters that at times mischaracterized the message and purpose of event.

'Whatabout' Those Other Historical Figures? Trump's Question Answered

"Are we going to take down statues of George Washington? How about Thomas Jefferson?" Trump asked, given Washington's and Jefferson's slave ownership. He added, "You know, you really do have to ask yourself, where does it stop?" Well, let's take on those questions. The president is not the first person to ask.

President Trump’s claim that he has done ‘far more than anyone’ for ‘inner cities’

When asked whether he is concerned about race relations in the United States, Trump said race relations have “gotten better or the same.” Trump claimed his administration is “spending a lot of money on the inner cities,” and that “fixing the inner cities” is a priority. Is that the case?

President Trump’s false claim that counter-demonstrators lacked a permit

In blaming both sides for the violence in Charlottesville that left one person dead, President Trump twice asserted that the people protesting white supremacists and neo-Nazis lacked a permit, unlike the groups that gathered to protest the possible removal of a statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee. But that’s turned out to be false.

Trump’s Hollow Claim about ‘Inner Cities’

President Donald Trump claimed that his administration is "spending a lot of money on the inner cities." But there has been little change in spending so far, and his first budget proposes to cut or eliminate funding for some programs that benefit cities.