Saturday, September 20th, 2014

Beyond the Truth-O-Meter

Braley hits Ernst on abortion

Checking the claim that as a state senator, Joni Ernst sponsored an amendment to outlaw abortion, even in cases of incest or rape, as well as many common forms of birth control and criminal punishment for doctors who perform an abortion.

Reagan tweet wrong about independents on early voting list

Is Arizona secretary-of-state candidate Michele Reagan correct that independent voters aren't on the permanent early-voting list?

Michelle Obama's visit to St. Jude's children's hospital

It doesn't appear to have been as disruptive as some on social media suggest.

Is the NFL tax-exempt?

A small part is, but the money-making parts aren't.

An ISIS plot targeting servicemembers' homes?

Is it true that a recently uncovered ISIS plot suggests that the group has plans to seek and slaughter American servicemen after finding their home addresses online?

Alaska’s Pension Fight

The Alaska Senate candidates exaggerate the impact of a $500 million settlement that Republican Dan Sullivan reached as state attorney general in 2010.

False Choice: Veterans vs. Immigrants

An ad from Rep. Bill Cassidy attacks his Democratic opponent, Sen. Mary Landrieu, for not "fully funding veterans benefits," even though he voted for the House version of a bipartisan budget bill that included those very same cuts.

Did Rep. Dan Maffei vote to cut funding for troops fighting terrorism?

Rep. Dan Maffei, D-N.Y., is the target of a new National Republican Congressional Committee ad, which slams his voting record on national security issues.

Branstad ad attacks Hatch on development, conflict of interest

This month, Governor Terry Branstad’s campaign has released a thirty-second attack ad against Democratic opponent Jack Hatch, accusing Hatch on two fronts, in his role in the Iowa Senate on a particular bill and as a real estate developer with Hatch Development Group.

Comparing congressional criminality to the NFL, NBA

Everything referenced in that article is absolutely unverifiable.

Welfare benefits for multiple wives?

Do Michigan government offices provide information in Arabic and allow polygamous Muslim men to apply for public assistance benefits for up to four wives?

A claim on illegal immigrants and veterans goes too far

The politics of immigration is hot in Louisiana, as evidenced by the increasingly negative and false attacks that both Cassidy and Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-La.) have made in recent weeks. Our colleagues at FactCheck.org this week published a very good look at how both sides have been stretching the truth on this issue. Here, along with the Truth Teller video above, we are going to take a look at a new Cassidy ad in which he alleges that Landrieu chose illegal immigrants over veterans. Strikingly, Cassidy makes this accusation himself. Generally, such harsh attacks are done in the voice of an anonymous narrator. So Cassidy is really putting his credibility on the line.

No Cuts for Military Vets

A Republican TV ad in Illinois features indignant veterans scolding a Democratic House member about cuts to "veterans benefits" that never happened.

Peterson’s planes, trains and automobiles

In the vast 7th Congressional District, it can take hours to get from one place to the next. That’s why DFL Rep. Collin Peterson has long defended his use of an airplane to get around.

Two hits and a miss on NRCC’s latest ad

Another week, another ad on the airwaves in the 8th Congressional District.

Systematic beheadings of children by ISIS?

In August 2014, an urgent prayer request attributed to Sean Malone of Crisis Relief International began to circulate heavily on social media. The immediacy of the post's tone and the frightening content it contained concerned many social media users. Subsequently, concern for Christian children at risk due to ISIS activity in Iraq escalated and prompted a number of panicked queries as to the message's veracity. How much support is there for its claims?

Four Pinocchios for Rand Paul’s claim that McCain met with the Islamic State

Just because it’s on the Internet, it doesn’t mean it’s true. Yet here’s a U.S. senator, repeating a rumor about one of his GOP colleagues, as if it were an actual fact.

Pro-Schauer ad mostly true, but misleading

The latest ad from the Democratic Governors Association in support of gubernatorial candidate Mark Schauer is more truthful than false, but it gives a false impression of the now defunct Michigan Business Tax and the corporate tax that replaced it.

How Often Do San Diego Teachers Get Graded?

Congressional candidate Carl DeMaio has long branded himself a reformer. Now he’s taking on the education system.

Colorado legalizes recreational use of crystal meth?

Nope. More satire passed off as truth.