Beyond the Truth-O-Meter

Debunking a George H.W. Bush death hoax

As of late July 2014, former President George H.W. Bush is still very much alive.

Wednesday, July 23rd, 2014

President Obama and expiring bullets?

A rumor says that President Barack Obama has required that ammunition cartridges use primer that expires after one year. It's bogus.

Wednesday, July 23rd, 2014

Wisconsin Trek-ery

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker claims his Democratic opponent is "sending jobs overseas." But Mary Burke says the family company makes "more bikes in the U.S. than anyone." Neither is telling the whole story.

Wednesday, July 23rd, 2014

Exemptions for congressional staff in ‘Obamacare,’ or hyprocisy?

In this ad, Rep. Bill Cassidy, R-La., decries a special “exemption” from Obamacare for staff members in Congress. But is he engaging in a bit of hypocrisy?

Wednesday, July 23rd, 2014

Jones' claim on crime under Arpaio

Checking the claim that crime "is substantially lower than when (Sheriff Joe Arpaio) took over. There was a serious problem with crime in Maricopa County when he became the sheriff. He's made great progress on that."

Tuesday, July 22nd, 2014

Biden versus Gates: foreign-policy smackdown

It’s a foreign-policy smackdown! First, former defense secretary Robert Gates, in his memoir “Duty,” lashed out at Vice President Biden as being “wrong on nearly every major foreign policy and national security issue over the past four decades.” Now, in an interview with the New Yorker magazine, Biden has fired back: “You go back, and everything in the last forty years, there’s nothing that I can think of, major fundamental decisions relative to foreign policy, that I can think he’s been right about!”

Tuesday, July 22nd, 2014

Stretching the Truth in Arkansas

The conservative group Americans for Prosperity stretches the truth to attack Sen. Mark Pryor of Arkansas for “higher gas and grocery bills.”

Monday, July 21st, 2014

Iowa GOP claims Braley missed most of Veterans’ Affairs hearings

The Iowa GOP says that in the 112th Congress, while serving on the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs, U.S. Rep. Bruce Braley missed 74 percent of the hearings. Is that correct?

Monday, July 21st, 2014

Does Hagan want a carbon tax?

If only the ad had stopped on its first line. "We all know politicians don't always tell the truth," begins a commercial from the American Energy Alliance that has been airing in North Carolina. Amen.

Monday, July 21st, 2014

Fighting Drunk Driving in San Diego

“Our office prosecuted more than 5,500 DUI cases last year with a conviction rate of higher than 99 percent,” San Diego City Attorney Jan Goldsmith said in a June 26 press release. Is that correct.

Monday, July 21st, 2014

A mislabeled "video" of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17

A video purports to show Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 crashing. It's actually a different crash.

Monday, July 21st, 2014

A bogus image of the downed Malaysia Airlines Flight 17

A photograph purporting to show debris from the shot-down Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 is actually a manipulated still from the filming of "Lost."

Monday, July 21st, 2014

Were the signers of the Declaration of Independence not 'born American'?

Did Michelle Obama say the signers of the Declaration of Independence were not "born American"? She did -- and she's right.

Monday, July 21st, 2014

4 Pinocchios for a rocker’s off-base claims about taxes and the ’1 percent’

Gene Simmons, stick to rock and roll rather than tax policy.

Monday, July 21st, 2014

Surge of ‘Unaccompanied Children’

Did the Obama administration advertise in January to transport 65,000 foreign children apprehended at the border? Did it expect a surge of illegal immigration?

Saturday, July 19th, 2014

Kingston’s False ‘Amnesty’ Connection

In the Georgia Republican Senate runoff, Rep. Jack Kingston is falsely claiming that his opponent, David Perdue, "sat on a board promoting amnesty for illegal immigrants."

Friday, July 18th, 2014

The claim that sanctions on Iran have cost the U.S. $175 billion in lost exports

The National Iranian American Council (NIAC), a group that aims to foster better ties between the United States and Iran, has garnered a fair amount of publicity for a report titled, “Losing Billions: The Cost of Iran Sanctions to the U.S. Economy.” The cover of the report shows U.S. dollars disappearing in a black hole. But how accurate are its claims?

Friday, July 18th, 2014

President Obama, his ring, and Ramadan

Has President Barack Obama stopped wearing his wedding ring and wristwatch in observance of the Islamic holy month of Ramadan?

Thursday, July 17th, 2014

Cherry-Picking Season in Illinois

Republican Bruce Rauner falsely claims in a TV ad that Illinois leads the Midwest in "job losses" under Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn. In fact, Illinois has experienced job growth -- albeit small -- since Quinn took office.

Thursday, July 17th, 2014

Fact-checking a new anti-Nikki Haley ad

A new ad out Wednesday from the Democratic Governors Association is going after Gov. Nikki Haley and the Department of Social Services.

Thursday, July 17th, 2014

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