Beyond the Truth-O-Meter

Is Obama creating a ‘national school board’?

A closer look at federal and state education policy.

Monday, July 28th, 2014

Attack Ad on Ernst and Social Security

With a recent NBC/Marist poll showing Democrat Bruce Braley and Republican Joni Ernst is a 43%-43% deadlock for the open U.S. Senate seat in Iowa, more and more attack ads are flowing into the state.

Monday, July 28th, 2014

Parsing McConnell’s Job Description

A laid off coal miner in an Alison Lundergan Grimes TV ad poses a question to Sen. Mitch McConnell: “Why’d you say it’s not your job to bring jobs to Kentucky?” McConnell doesn’t dispute saying it, but he claims that he misunderstood a reporter's question and his words have been misinterpreted.

Friday, July 25th, 2014

The Walsh campaign’s claim that the senator’s plagiarism was merely incorrect citations

There’s a huge hole in Walsh's explanation. Let’s explore.

Friday, July 25th, 2014

More Carbon Tax Distortions

Crossroads GPS claims that Colorado Sen. Mark Udall "voted to enact a carbon tax." Udall did no such thing. Republican Thom Tillis claims that Sen. Kay Hagan "supported a carbon tax" that would destroy "up to 67,000 jobs in North Carolina over the next ten years." That's not accurate, either.

Thursday, July 24th, 2014

Do 10,000 baby boomers retire every day?

Yes: a rare Geppetto checkmark.

Thursday, July 24th, 2014

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

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