Wednesday, July 29th, 2015

Beyond the Truth-O-Meter

President Obama's "race database"

Is President Obama is compiling a “secret race database” comprised of “sensitive personal data”?

Trump’s McCain Attack

Donald Trump distorts the facts in a recent op-ed in which he says Sen. John McCain has "abandoned our veterans" and "failed the state of Arizona and the country."

Fact checking John Kasich's announcement speech

Gov. John Kasich joins the crowded GOP presidential field today at his alma mater, the Ohio State University.

Did FEMA warn of a dramatic disaster in 2015?

Has FEMA warned Americans that a catastrophic natural disaster will devastate the Pacific Northwest in 2015?

No, a museum didn't shut down and destroy its Confederate holdings

More fake news passed off as real.

Photo of mayor's car causes social media stir

A photo showing a personal car of Mayor A.C. Wharton’ parked in a handicapped parking space is causing an uproar on social media. But, the mayor’s office tells Fox 13 that Wharton’s wife was driving the car at the time and that she has a handicap parking permit.

Relative safety of private prisons inconclusive

Is the private prison system "working"?

Trump shortchanges McCain's record on veterans

After stirring up a furor with his dismissive remarks about John McCain's Vietnam war experience, Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump went after the Arizona senator's record on veterans' issues, accusing McCain, a former Navy pilot, of abandoning those who served their country in uniform. Here's a look at some of the claims Trump has made about McCain's record and how they compare with the facts.

Unspinning the Planned Parenthood Video

Several Republican presidential candidates claim that Planned Parenthood is "profiting" from abortions. But the full video they cite shows a Planned Parenthood executive repeatedly saying its clinics want to cover their costs, not make money, when donating fetal tissue from abortions for scientific research.

Is Obama taking Social Security recipients' guns away?

Blown wildly out of proportion.

Obama Bans Military Uniforms for Recruiters?

It's more complicated than that.

Is strong religious belief now classified as a mental illness?

Nope, just more fake news.

Is West Point revoking diplomas of Confederate soldiers?

Has the U.S. Military Academy at West Point revoked the diplomas of all Confederate soldiers?

Seattle and Sharia law?

Is the city of Seattle forcing local businesses to comply with Sharia law?

Why No Flags at Half-Staff After Chattanooga Shooting?

Some Americans were puzzled or dismayed by the White House’s not lowering the U.S. flag to half-staff after the Chattanooga shootings.

Was O'Malley on the money for wind jobs?

O'Malley may have made a simple math error when looking at Iowa's wind-power growth, but we give his comment an A.

Donald Trump says he’s 10 times as popular as anyone else on Google. Nope.

More hyperbolic claims from The Donald.

Tylenol bottles and memories of slavery

No, South Carolina is not banning Tylenol because picking cotton out of the bottle suggests slavery.

Jade Helm 'proof'

It's getting hard to tell the sincere ramblings of concern from the satires of those ramblings.

Michelle Obama, the Navy and fried food

Is it true that Michelle Obama has instituted a new rule that prohibits the Navy from eating fried food?