Beyond the Truth-O-Meter

No, Indiana governor didn't ban boys from wearing 'gay' colors

An article reporting that Indiana governor Mike Pence signed a law banning boys from wearing "gay" colors came from the "satire" section of the Huffington Post.

A spoof video of Clinton, Netanyahu

A video showing an encounter between Hillary Clinton and Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu is actually an old satirical clip.

Trump’s claim that no foreign leader greeting Obama was ‘without precedent’

We don’t know where Trump comes up with this stuff, but once again he’s wrong, wrong, wrong.

Koch brother didn't endorse Clinton, yet

After an interview, rumors flew that the conservative Koch brothers were endorsing Democrat Clinton for President over any of her Republican rivals.

Indiana primary is not rigged

Tests run by Indiana news outlet WNDU before the 3 May 2016 Indiana primary were not evidence of rigged elections.

Trump’s Foreign Policy Speech

In his foreign policy speech, Donald Trump claimed ISIS "is making millions and millions of dollars a week selling Libya oil." But an expert on Libya's oil operations told us there's no evidence that the Islamic State is producing or selling oil out of that country.

Trump on Clinton’s ‘3 a.m. Call’

Donald Trump says that “instead of taking charge” during the Benghazi attacks, then Secretary of State Hillary Clinton “decided to go home and sleep.” Clinton says she was continuously engaged in responding to the attack and “did not sleep all night.”

Fact-checking Donald Trump's foreign-policy speech

Donald J. Trump called for an “America First” foreign policy in his address in Washington on Wednesday. Here's a look at some of his claims.

Donald Trump employed some of his trademark "truthful hyperbole" in his foreign policy speech

By his own admission years ago, Donald Trump likes to speak with "truthful hyperbole" at times. Here's what that mix of reality and exaggeration looked like in the Republican presidential contender's foreign policy pronouncements on Wednesday.

Trump’s eight repeated falsehoods in 16 hours

Donald Trump is now closer than ever to clinching the Republican nomination on the first ballot. But what hasn’t changed since he entered the presidential race is his propensity for Pinocchios and Pinocchio recidivism.

Clinton Overstates Nuclear Achievement

Hillary Clinton overstates the impact of a 2011 nuclear agreement with Russia in a TV ad that says she was responsible for “securing a massive reduction in nuclear weapons."

False Claims About Flint Water

A Michigan health official told Congress that his department's “initial analysis” showed blood lead levels in Flint children in the summer of 2014 were “within range of years before.” That’s false.

Emily’s List’s sleazy attack ad in the Pennsylvania Senate race

This ad is a depressing example of how random statements can be twisted into sharp-edged attacks.

Bernie Sanders Facebook group controversy

The purported simultaneous disappearance of multiple Bernie Sanders Facebook groups caused a rash of rumors, but the groups quickly returned.

Did Obama shift veterans' money to Syrian refugees?

President Obama did not cut $2.6 billion from programs for veterans and instead give a like amount to support Syrian refugees in the U.S.

Bernie Sanders And Whether Poor Americans Vote

Last week, an NPR analysis found Hillary Clinton outperforms Bernie Sanders in the states with the most income inequality. This weekend on Meet the Press, host Chuck Todd asked about that trend we discovered: Why would Sanders do worse in those states when income inequality is his signature issue? Sanders responded that "poor people don't vote." We decided to look into that claim.

Trump vs. Club for Growth

Donald Trump repeatedly has accused Club for Growth of airing attack ads against him because he refused to give the conservative group a $1 million donation – or what Trump calls "a form of extortion." Club for Growth tells a much different story.

Trump’s Cherry-Picked ACA Rates

Republican front-runner Donald Trump has repeatedly claimed, for months, that premiums under the Affordable Care Act are "going up 35, 45, 55 percent." Trump cherry-picks insurers' rate increases on the ACA marketplaces.

Ted Cruz’s claim that Obama is forcing schools to ‘let teenage boys shower with teenage girls’

This is a classic case of a politician using rhetoric to obfuscate and simplify a complex issue, earning him Two Pinocchios.

Checking a meme about medical bankruptcies

A popular meme holds that 643,000 Americans go bankrupt every year over medical bills, but the underlying math is elusive.