Saturday, July 4th, 2015

Beyond the Truth-O-Meter

Sanders’ ‘Shocking’ Senior Statistic

Sen. Bernie Sanders has repeatedly claimed that 1 in 5 seniors "live on an average income of $7,600 a year." The reality is not quite so shocking.

Lindsey Graham’s zombie claim about no fugitive being arrested after a failed gun background check

Two years ago, we examined a similar claim by Graham and found it seriously deficient, giving him Three Pinocchios. And yet we find that he is still going on television and spreading this misinformation.

Muddying the Clean Water Act

Kentucky Sens. Rand Paul and Mitch McConnell misrepresented cases involving the Environmental Protection Agency and the Clean Water Act.

Senators debate education spending, constant dollars, fairy tales

Once upon a time – last week really – senators were debating the state budget, which isn't usually the subject of fairy tales but can, on occasion, go down a rhetorical rabbit hole.

Hillary Clinton vs. Jeb Bush on economic growth under Obama

Two statements, made just days apart, are good examples of how politicians can look at the same data and come up with completely different messages. How is it possible to have the slowest economic recovery ever — and replace jobs faster than the historical average?

Checking where San Diego’s Poorest Live

“El Cajon is the poorest city in the county,” said former state Sen. Wadie Deddeh in a June 9 Voice of San Diego op-ed. Is that correct?

Checking a meme critical of Jeb Bush

Are a social media meme’s “5 Things You Should Know About Jeb Bush” factually accurate?

Rand Paul’s ridiculous story of an elderly man imprisoned for ‘dirt on his land’

An elderly man sitting in prison for 10 years after being accused of racketeering and organized crime — just for putting dirt on his land?

Where Does Clinton Foundation Money Go?

Republican presidential candidate Carly Fiorina says that "so little" of the charitable donations to the Clinton Foundation "actually go to charitable works" -- a figure the Fiorina campaign later put at about 6 percent of its annual revenues -- but Fiorina is wrong.

Jeb Bush’s slam against Washington, D.C.

It is a time-honored tradition for politicians to attack Washington, D.C. But they need to get their facts straight when they do so.

Cruz Misses Mark on Endangered Species

Ted Cruz said that "one of the worst things that can happen to a species is to be listed on the Endangered Species Act." But the ESA has led to recovery of a number of species, and there is little evidence that listing harms animals and plants.

Could Jeb Bush Really Grow GDP At 4 Percent?

Jeb Bush's presidential candidacy announcement this week, after months of campaigning, came as no surprise. One small surprise that did pop up in his remarks, however, was a lofty goal he has set for himself as president — to grow the economy at a 4 percent rate if he's elected.

Planned Parenthood’s claim that ’60 percent’ of voters oppose 20-week abortion ban

A cursory search of polling on public sentiment on the controversial 20-week ban shows that the majority of voters actually support the restriction. But this particular quote by Planned Parenthood Action Fund is worth a deeper dive; public attitudes toward abortion and confusion over the bill’s language make this issue much more intricate than that.

Paul’s Injustice Inaccuracies

Sen. Rand Paul used a recent speech to Maryland Republicans partly to address injustices in the legal system. But he botched one statistic and slightly exaggerated another one.

Jeb Bush's promise of 4 percent growth is a stretch

Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush says there's "not a reason in the world" why the U.S. economy can't grow at 4 percent annually. Actually, there are a bunch of reasons it probably can't.

Fact checking Donald Trump’s presidential announcement speech

Businessman Donald Trump is a fact checker’s dream…and nightmare. He spouts off so many “facts,” often twisted or wrong, that it takes a lot of time to hack through the weeds.

Was Jerry Brown asked about tax pledge last year?

Yes, Brown was asked about his tax pledge last fall, shortly before he was elected to a fourth term.

Coyotes CEO mostly wrong on arena cost

Is the net cost of the Coyotes' arena agreement to the city of Glendale less than $6 million per year?

Trump Tramples Facts

Real estate developer Donald Trump's speech announcing he is running for the Republican nomination for president contained a number of false and misleading statements on the economy, trade, health care and terrorism.

Bush Twists Florida’s Jobs Ranking

Jeb Bush uses some creative cherry-picking to back up the claim that as governor "we made Florida No. 1 in job creation."