Beyond the Truth-O-Meter

Did the Polio Vaccine Cause Cancer?

Q: Did people develop cancer because of the polio vaccine? A: There are no known cases, and it's very unlikely. In the 1950s and 1960s, people did receive polio vaccines contaminated with a virus that causes cancer in rodents. But research suggests this virus doesn't cause cancer in humans.

Jennifer Aniston Not a Trump Supporter

Q: Is actress Jennifer Aniston starting a company named Celebrities for Trump? A: No. Aniston supported Hillary Clinton for president in 2016.

Trump’s complaint it would take 9 years to get his nominees approved (part 2)

The Fact Checker gave President Trump a rare Geppetto Checkmark this week, and it got noticed. But now the office of Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer (D-N.Y.) is crying foul, saying Trump’s claim of nine years does not hold up. Here’s a tour through the debate.

Did an Ohio Gubernatorial Candidate Accept $20,000 from a Pro-Assad Group?

Former Ohio Rep. Dennis Kucinich, a Democrat, disclosed he received the money as payment for a speech.

Is health care the ‘number one issue in America’?

Politicians are often eager to cite polling as a reason for action. In an article that highlighted a proposal by Murphy and Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.) to allow individuals and large employers to purchase health insurance coverage through Medicare, Murphy described health care as the “number one issue” in America. Does polling back up that assertion?

Does Mike Pence’s Brother Make Engines for the Russian Military?

The Vice President is rumored to have close ties with the Russian government via his brother, Ed Pence, a former executive at engine manufacturer Cummins Inc.

Trump distorts NKorea aim to ‘denuclearize’

President Donald Trump and his aides are leaving a false impression about the extent of North Korea’s plans to give up its nuclear weapons.

Trump’s complaint that it will take 9 years to get all his nominations approved

The White House cannot seem to agree on a specific talking point about how long it would take to confirm every nominee — the president says nine years, while his aide says 11 — but in any case, officials say it would be a long time, even longer than a two-term presidency. We wondered about the math on this and decided to investigate.

No Evidence of ‘Horrific’ Clinton Video

Q: Did a video of Hillary Clinton and Huma Abedin assaulting a young girl surface online? A: No. A story making that claim suggests the New York City Police Department is investigating Clinton and Abedin. That's false.

Trump's shifting rationale for firing Comey

President Donald Trump offered a shifting rationale this past week for his firing of FBI Director James Comey and joined other Republicans in exaggerating how much simpler it will become for Americans to file their taxes next time. He also erred, though by just a hair, in claiming a historic achievement in black and Hispanic joblessness. A look behind recent statements on these matters and more.

Would a Proposed Law ‘Ban the Bible’ in California?

A Republican politician and a right-wing television station grossly misrepresented California legislation that would amplify restrictions on "gay conversion therapy."

Was Donald Trump ‘Ordered’ to Stay Away from Barbara Bush’s Funeral?

According to the White House, the President will not attend the former First Lady's funeral to avoid creating a disruption.

Solar Hyperbole?

Three weeks after the Trump administration imposed a 30 percent tariff on imported solar energy cells and panels, the president claimed that "a lot of places are opening up" to "make solar panels again." Two weeks later, he said that "we’re opening up at least five plants," and by mid-April, the number had grown to "seven or eight."

Muslim Nurses Not Exempt From Hand Washing

Q: Are Muslim nurses excused from washing their hands before medical procedures in Britain? A: No. That is an old misrepresentation that has been circulating online since 2010.

Muddying a Trump Loyalty Test

In Republican primaries where loyalty to President Donald Trump's agenda is a litmus test for many voters, the approval of a $1.3 trillion omnibus spending bill has become a political weapon -- no matter how lawmakers voted.

Is Article 54 of Obamacare Taking Effect in May 2018?

A meme proclaims that "Article 54 of Obamacare" will take 30 percent of seniors' social security payments to cover insurance for undocumented immigrants.

Idaho Candidate Didn't Fake Being in Military

In a recent debate for Idaho's lieutenant governor, Republican Sen. Marv Hagedorn accused one of his top opponents of faking military service.

Are Michigan Lawmakers Marking Immigrants’ Licenses With a Yellow Star?

Memes suggesting Michigan lawmakers wanted to place a yellow star on immigrants' licenses were conflated a withdrawn proposal.

Did Malia Obama Found an Anti-Trump Website?

The art of using memetic fake news to publicize fake web sites.

Trump skews reasons behind his 2016 win

President Donald Trump isn’t getting the facts straight when it comes to how he won the 2016 election.