Monday, December 22nd, 2014

Beyond the Truth-O-Meter

The most popular fact checks of 2014

Once again, we are presenting a list of our 10 most popular fact checks of the past year.

Fact-checking Obama’s press conference jobs claims

In his end-of-the-year press conference, President Obama started out by doing a sort of good-news-from-2014 recap. He highlighted successes on the policy and economic front, and catastrophes avoided internationally -- and domestically, on Ebola. He also made three easily check-able claims about the economy, which we decided to check.

Is Duke Power telling "The Truth About Toxicity?"

Are the "low levels of trace elements" in coal ash really nothing to worry about, or might this well-crafted piece of corporate communications be downplaying the toxicity issue?

Gruber’s after-the-fact explanation of his Obamacare remarks

Was there ever a possibility the federal government would not set up an exchange for states that chose not to operate their own?

Is Cuba a ‘Leading’ Sponsor of Terrorism?

Sen. Ted Cruz condemned President Obama's announcement that he would normalize relations with Cuba, calling the communist country "a leading state sponsor of terrorism." That's a stretch, to say the least.

Putin on the Ruble Collapse, Ukraine

A fact-checking look at some of Russian President Vladimir Putin's statements on the ruble collapse and the Ukrainian crisis from his annual news conference Thursday.

Russia’s claim that 80 percent of Congress never traveled overseas

Is there any truth in Lavrov’s claim about congressional foreign travel record?

One in five women in college sexually assaulted: an update

Where does this oft-repeated statistic come from? We dug into the data so you don’t have to.

Cheney’s Tortured Facts

The former vice president offers misleading spin in defending CIA interrogation tactics.

Cheney’s claim that the U.S. did not prosecute Japanese soldiers for waterboarding

This exchange is an excellent example of political misdirection.

Salmon wrong on work permits for migrants

Checking the claim that "President Obama has spoken publicly and privately about his intentions to use executive action to create these work permits for those who are here illegally. This would be in direct violation of U.S. law."

The biggest Pinocchios of 2014

It’s time for our annual round-up of the biggest Pinocchios of the year.

Congress' Apache land grab?

Did Congress vote to give Apache land to an environmentally exploitative foreign corporation?

A Department of Homeland Security job for Fatima Noor?

Was a woman named Fatima Noor named a special assistant in the Office of the Director for U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services in the Department of Homeland Security?

Warren vs. Weiss and the use of corporate inversions

A closer look at an embattled Obama nominee at the Treasury Department.

Is President Obama’s ‘glass houses’ scripture reference in the Bible?

President Obama referred to the Bible during a speech on immigration Tuesday in Nashville. But there was a problem: Strictly speaking, one of the lines he cited appears nowhere in scripture.

No Back Taxes in Immigration Action

President Barack Obama misspoke when he said that immigrants living illegally in the U.S. would have to "pay any back taxes" in order to qualify for work papers under the plan he initiated via executive action. They would not.

Can food stamps now be used to purchase alcohol and tobacco?

Can food stamps now be used to purchase alcohol and tobacco? No, it's more fake "news."

Cotton’s claim that Hezbollah is ‘under federal indictment’ for attempting a terror attack in Washington

As a senator, Tom Cotton will need to be more careful about sticking to documented facts rather than engaging in speculation about particular operations, especially in the United States.

Adler ad attacks Martinez in ‘knock-down, drag-out race’

A new television ad from candidate for Austin Mayor Steve Adler goes after his opponent Mike Martinez.