Sunday, January 25th, 2015

Beyond the Truth-O-Meter

Did the media cover up Ohio hijack attempt by burqa-wearing terrorist

No, but it was overshadowed in the news by the Charlie Hebdo massacre the same day. (Plus, the attacker wasn't wearing a burqa.)

Obama’s 2014 State of the Union proposals: What flopped and what succeeded

Every president announces a slew of initiatives in his State of the Union address. Here, in order of delivery, is a summary of the key proposals, pledges or priorities announced by President Obama a year ago — and what happened to them.

Sen. Feinstein's husband and the U.S. Postal Service

Did Richard Blum, the husband of Senator Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., obtain a contract to broker sales of postal service facilities due to his wife's influence?

George Soros and the Ferguson riots

Did George Soros donate $33 million to fund rioting by Ferguson protest groups?

Fact checking Colorado in the 2014 elections

CU News Corps survey finds voters to be receptive to fact checking, but debate over merits continues.

Scott Walker’s Education Boast

Gov. Scott Walker says his state's "ACT scores are up and Wisconsin now ranks second in the country." But scores are not up, and the state's national ranking is misleading.

Fact-checking Rand Paul's disability claims

Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., has claimed widespread fraud and abuse of the Social Security disability insurance program. Let's dig into his claims.

A fake quote about Michelle Obama attributed to Mitt Romney

No, Romney didn't say it.

Will the FCC’s net neutrality decision cost Americans $15 billion in new taxes? Nope

The more complex the issue, the easier it is for politicians to obfuscate the reality with dramatic numbers.

Competing Keystone Claims

Two senators on opposite sides of the Keystone XL pipeline debate are selectively spinning the facts to make their case.

Unspinning Christie’s State of the State

In his State of the State address, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie exaggerated some figures and boasted about progress that doesn't look so impressive when compared with national trends.

The often-repeated claim that 1,800 college students die from ‘alcohol-related causes’

The Fact Checker recently explored the suspect math behind the often-cited statistic that one in five college women are sexually assaulted. A reader wrote asking for an inquiry into another statistic that often alarms the parents of college students – that 1,800 college students die every year from “alcohol-related causes.”

GOP senators, White House dispute Guantanamo detainees' recidivism rate

The Obama administration and GOP senators are in a war of words over the percentage of terror suspects who have re-entered the fight after being released from the U.S. detention center at Cuba's Guantanamo Bay — a debate at the center of President Barack Obama's stepped-up effort to close the prison.

Fact check on Christie and economy

When it comes to touting his economic record, Gov. Chris Christie has learned a valuable rule of politics: numbers can look really good if you leave out the context.

The claim that American households have a $15,000 regulatory ‘burden’

When the same talking point starts echoing through the halls of Congress, The Fact Checker’s antenna goes up. There’s usually some think tank that has produced a report that, conveniently, comes up with a sound-bite that will grease the wheels of publicity for a particular legislative initiative.

The murky case of Mike Huckabee's son and the dead dog

Did fhe son of former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee once kill a dog?

’300 new rules’ in one just week by President Obama? Nope

A quick and forthright correction warms The Fact Checker’s heart.

Here are some red flags to fishy polling, on carbon taxes in particular

Don’t you love it when politicians battle over policy by citing polls that purport to show the American public is on their side?

Lesko's tuition-impact statement unsupported

Do Arizona's School Tuition Organization Scholarships for Disabled/Displaced Students program save the state money?

Are other states following NC's lead on unemployment?

Gov. Pat McCrory was doing what governors do when they speak to groups such as the North Carolina Chamber and the North Carolina Bankers Association on Jan. 5. Namely, he was extolling his administration's work on business issues and asking for corporate leaders to back his agenda.