Saturday, November 22nd, 2014

Beyond the Truth-O-Meter

Rick Perry’s Talking Point on Defense Cuts

Rick Perry says the U.S. is at risk because "our spending on defense has declined 21 percent over four years." But that includes war funding, which has sharply declined now that U.S. combat troops are out of Iraq and leaving Afghanistan.

Checking Inhofe’s Energy Statistics on China

Sen. Jim Inhofe scoffed at the suggestion that China could shift 20 percent of its energy to non-fossil fuels by 2030, in part, he said, because China "has no known reserves of natural gas." But Inhofe is wrong about that.

Did Jonathan Gruber earn ‘almost $400,000′ from the Obama administration?

Did MIT economist Jonathan Gruber really earn nearly $400,000 from the administration — and if so, why?

Did Congress eliminate popular tax credits due to the Koch brothers?

Nope, just more satire passed off as truth.

George W. Bush’s claims on weapons found, and not found, In Iraq

The Fact Checker was puzzled by Bush’s reference to finding a dirty bomb in Iraq.

Liccardo San Jose mayoral ad shouldn't be boasting as much on cop plan

With the tight race for mayor to be decided Tuesday, many San Jose voters are still trying to make sense of the dozens of mail advertisements they've been receiving from the competing campaigns and special interests.

Repeat after me: It’s about Obamacare and workers, not jobs

Thom Tillis is a newly-minted senator from North Carolina, having narrowly defeated the incumbent, Sen. Kay Hagan (D). But in one of his first interviews since the campaign ended, he hauled out a stale talking point that has long been debunked.

Jonathan Gruber's comment about Obamacare

He said it, then apologized.

Do minimum wage hikes help the poor?

There is no consensus among economists regarding the effects of minimum wage increases on poverty.

Obama’s claim that the U.S. has created more jobs than ‘every other advanced economy combined’

The exact wording makes a difference.

Cutting Social Security to fund tax cuts for the rich?

Checking the claim that Rep. Bill Cassidy’s “record is crystal clear: voting to cut Social Security benefits to pay for tax breaks for millionaires like himself.”

Midterm Mudslinging Not Yet Over

An ad from the National Republican Senatorial Committee continues the relentless effort to tie Democratic Sen. Mary Landrieu to President Barack Obama, who is not very popular in Louisiana. But the ad stretches the facts on several points.

Boehner’s ‘Bipartisan’ Bunk

House Speaker John Boehner exaggerates when he says "almost all" of the 46 "jobs bills" awaiting action in the Senate "passed the House on a bipartisan basis."

A racially tinged exit poll in South Carolina?

Yes, this one really happened.

Is Common Core forcing an inappropriate worksheet being given to 4th graders?

No, the sheet is real but has nothing to do with Common Core.

Are 300 House bills really bottled up in the Senate?

Republicans from both sides of Capitol Hill have repeatedly cited this figure, even producing a You Tube video with the hashtag #StuckInTheSenate.

Michelle Obama's 'fried chicken' comment

She said it, but social media shares sometimes drop the context.

Obama’s claim that Obamacare has reduced health-care inflation ‘every single year’ since it was passed

In his post-election news conference, the president bungled a pair of talking points in service of what some may regard as a tenuous claim, that the Affordable Care Act has already resulted in declines in health-care costs.

No ‘New World Order’

Q: Did President Obama call for a "new world order" in a speech in Europe? A: No. Video of Obama's speech was edited to change the meaning of what he said.

Our 2014 FactCheck Awards

The funniest, strangest and otherwise noteworthy ads of the campaign season.