Sunday, April 26th, 2015

Beyond the Truth-O-Meter

Clinton on Global Domestic Violence Laws

Hillary Clinton says “more than half the nations in the world" have no laws on domestic violence. But the U.N. reports that 125 countries -- two-thirds of all nations -- had such laws as of April 2011.

Why you should be wary of statistics on ‘modern slavery’ and ‘trafficking’

Advocates want to call attention to a problem and big numbers of course attract media attention. But these guesstimates remain too shaky to be cited without a healthy dose of skepticism.

Is Marijuana Really a ‘Gateway Drug’?

Though there are correlations between marijuana use and other drugs, there is no conclusive evidence that one actually causes the other. The science on this topic is far from settled.

Fighting back against California anti-gay initiative

The truth behind the "Intolerant Jackass Act."

Four Pinocchios for Sherrod Brown’s invented George H.W. Bush quote

President Obama’s request for enhanced congressional authority to negotiate the Trans-Pacific Partnership, a 12-nation trade deal for the Pacific Rim, has divided Democrats in Congress. Appearing on MSNBC, Sen. Sherrod Brown argued the case against the deal by quoting a Republican, former President George H. W. Bush, as saying that a $1 billion trade deficit would mean 13,000 lost jobs. But is it accurate?

Fact-Checking Is More Popular than Politicians

Fact-checking is a measurably effective tool for correcting political misinformation and increases the audiences' political knowledge. It is also growing at a dramatic rate.

Chris Christie Spins Economic Data

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie made a couple of economic claims at a recent forum in New Hampshire that may seem startling at first -- until placed into context.

The zombie claim about Navy ship numbers returns to the 2016 campaign trail

A statistic from the 2012 campaign reemerges for 2016.

Gender Pay Gap in Clinton’s Senate Office?

The Republican National Committee chairman says Hillary Clinton paid women in her Senate office less than men. But annual salary data provided by the Clinton campaign show median salaries for men and women in Clinton’s office were virtually identical.

Gallego gives incomplete picture on wage gap

Description is mostly accurate, but leaves out caveats.

Carly Fiorina’s claim that California’s drought is a ‘man-made’ disaster

Are environmentalists to blame for the water shortage in California?

Obama and the ‘Warmest Year on Record’

President Barack Obama says that 2014 was “the planet’s warmest year on record.” But that's not entirely accurate.

O'Malley lays claim to an ambitious record in Md.

A closer look at one of Hillary Clinton's Democratic presidential challengers.

The truth about the Clintons' Secret Service detail

Did the Clintons charge the Secret Service rent to house the security detail protecting their home in Chappaqua, N.Y.?

Does Pepsi use aborted fetuses in its products?

Another look at a recurring rumor.

Obama’s claim that every dollar spent on pre-kindergarten education earns ‘$7 back’

To cite this 1-to-7 ratio as a definitive impact of the White House’s proposal on early education programs is a stretch, and lacks significant context.

Questionable quotes "link" Hillary Clinton, Adolf Hitler

Did Hillary Clinton and Adolf Hitler both say the needs of society should come before the needs of individuals?

Santorum and the EPA’s Mercury Rule

Rick Santorum misrepresented the Environmental Protection Agency’s impact analysis of a new agency rule that would reduce power plant emissions of mercury and other toxins.

Obama’s fishy claim on the House GOP tax plan

The president’s statistic is worthy of Two Pinocchios.

Is Obama to blame for terrorist catch-and-release?

No, the case in question occurred under President George W. Bush.