Beyond the Truth-O-Meter

Trump fact-check: Half of Detroiters are working, looking for work

Donald Trump spoke in suburban Lansing on Friday. Here's a look at some of the facts, figures and other statements Trump made in his speech and what the Free Press learned about them.

‘Record’ College Enrollment Rates?

President Obama credited his administration for what he said are "record ... college enrollment rates." But the most recent federal data show that rates of enrollment are not a record and have not improved much compared with 2008.

Trump’s claim attributing the 20-year New York City crime decline to Giuliani’s policies

Trump exaggerates the figures by cherry-picking the time frame, and his campaign didn’t provide any proof about how Giuliani’s specific policies affected the crime rates.

Unpacking Pot’s Impact in Colorado

Libertarian presidential candidate Gary Johnson said “marijuana-related” traffic deaths, hospital visits and school suspensions in Colorado have “not significantly” increased since the state legalized the drug. That’s inaccurate.

We fact-check the first Inslee-Bryant debate

Gov. Jay Inslee and challenger Bill Bryant made competing accusations during their debate Wednesday. We checked the accuracy of some of those claims.

Trump’s claim that Clinton lacks the ‘physical stamina’ to be president

Two days in a row, in prepared speeches, Trump asserted that that his rival Clinton lacks “mental and physical stamina” to do the job as president. What?

A distorted version of comments by Tim Kaine

A statement by Democratic VP nominee Tim Kaine about the need for white people to understand what life is like for minorities was recast by pundits as a call for Caucasians to become the minority to atone for racism.

Leaked Clinton medical records -- real or fake?

Donald Trump tested out a new line of attack against rival Hillary Clinton this week, arguing that she is physically unfit for the commander-in-chief role.

Clinton Plays Partisan Game

Hillary Clinton said an economic analysis from a well-respected macroeconomics firm came from "somebody who advised John McCain back in 2008, so you know that, no, he’s not a Democrat." Actually, he is a Democrat.

No, photo doesn't prove that Hillary Clinton wears a defibrillator

Obama didn't ban the Pledge of Allegicance

Umimaginative fake news publishers have recycled an old hoax about President Obama's banning the Pledge of Allegiance.

Did the Clinton campaign edit its website's page on sexual assault?

A page about campus sexual assault on Hillary Clinton's campaign web site once included a reference to a victim's right to be believed, but the wording was removed in early 2016.

Bill Clinton’s misleading claim about ‘marked classified’ information in Hillary Clinton’s emails

At a voter forum co-hosted by the Asian American Journalists Association and nonpartisan civic engagement group APIAVote, Clinton was asked to explain to voters why they should trust Hillary Clinton after her email scandal. In his answer, Clinton summarized two common Democratic talking points about Hillary Clinton’s emails.

Fake Clinton Medical Records

Despite the fact that Hillary Clinton got a clean bill of health from her doctor, fake medical records for Clinton are circulating on some conservative websites, purporting to show that she suffers from seizures and dementia.

Manafort Off Base on Terrorist Claim

Paul Manafort, Donald Trump's campaign chairman, wrongly claimed that "the NATO base in Turkey" was attacked last week by "terrorists." Middle East experts told us there wasn't any such attack.

Fact-checking Donald Trump’s ‘major’ speech on the Islamic State

Donald Trump traveled to Youngstown, Ohio, to deliver what was billed as a “major” speech on how to deal with the threat posed by the Islamic State terrorist group, a.k.a. ISIS. For reasons known only to Trump, he continued to repeat false statements that have been repeatedly debunked in the past.

Trump gets his Mideast history wrong

Donald Trump on Monday painted the Middle East as an oasis of stability before Hillary Clinton's tenure as secretary of state, arguing that she and President Barack Obama "launched" the Islamic State group onto the world.

Trump’s Terrorism Speech

In a speech in Ohio on terrorism, Donald Trump repeated several fact-twisting and bogus claims he has made before.

An incorrect meme on a quote attributed to Roger Ailes

A quote about "truth" frequently attributed to former Fox News Channel CEO Roger Ailes did not originate with him.

Old Mike Pence remarks on condoms

Indiana Gov. Mike Pence made some now-eyebrow raising comments about the use of condoms in disease prevention back in 2002.