Monday, January 26th, 2015

Beyond the Truth-O-Meter

Did Sarah Palin confuse Charlie Hebdo, Charlie Brown?

Nope, more fake news.

"No-go zones" under Sharia law in western cities?

Are a number of localities in the United States, France, and Britain considered Muslim "no-go zones" (operating under Sharia Law) where local laws are not applicable?

Boehner’s claim that ‘dozens’ died while waiting for care at the Phoenix VA

House Speaker John Boehner sad that President Barack Obama “won’t be far from the Phoenix VA facility, the epicenter of the VA scandal where dozens of veterans died while waiting for basic care.” How accurate is this shot?

Dearborn, Mich., and Sharia law

Is Dearborn, Mich., the first U.S. city to implement Sharia law? No, it's more fake news.

San Diego’s Dearth of Raw Land

Checking the claim that “San Diego today is the largest city in the United States that has run out of raw land."

Detaining and Interrogating Terror Suspects

Sen. Lindsey Graham went too far with his claim that the Obama administration has a policy of "not interrogating or detaining terrorist suspects anymore."

Lawsuit over removal of a praying soldier

A town government decides not to fight a church/state lawsuit.

Obama’s Numbers (January 2015 Update)

More jobs, higher paychecks, falling fuel prices: Our latest scorecard.

Are black or white offenders more likely to kill police?

A timely inquiry, given the recent debates over race and homicides of and by police.

Democratic claims on Keystone XL’s impact on the environment and oil exports

Examining the Democratic side of the Keystone XL argument — that the pipeline will hurt the environment and that the oil it carries will simply be sent overseas.

Lincoln High’s Bad Rap

“At one San Diego public charter school, assaults on campus involving mostly black and Hispanic students occur almost daily,” wrote Vicki E. Alger, an education researcher, in a story for the National Review. Is that correct?

Did Obama wear an "I Can't Breathe" t-shirt?

Nope, more fake news passed off as real.

Old quote by Obama on Muhammad resurfaces

Did President Barack Obama say during a 2012 speech that the "future must not belong to those who slander the prophet of Islam"?

Gingrich’s claims on Byrd’s and Black’s KKK membership

Was it OK for them to have been in the Klan because they were Democrats?

Has the medical device tax eliminated ‘thousands’ of jobs?

At the very least, citing a single (and relatively small) tax as the sole reason for current and future job cuts in the volatile industry is a misrepresentation.

Return of the False Tax Claims

Every once in a while bogus emails get revised, recycled – and widely recirculated. That is happening now with a viral email that purports to list income tax increases that take effect this year.

Will Keystone XL pipeline create 42,000 ‘new’ jobs?

Senate Republicans soon plan to bring a vote on the Keystone XL pipeline as one of the first acts of their new majority status, and once again we find ourselves fact checking jobs claims related to the project.

A made-up Sarah Palin quote

Did Sarah Palin really say this: "White Privilege? With affirmative action, welfare, food stamps, and all those thugs getting athletic scholarships over more deserving white kids, I'd call it black privilege." No.

A Sandy Hook victim in a picture of Peshawar mourning?

An odd image, but no sign of a massive conspiracy.

Gallego mostly right on migrant lawsuit

Is Joe Arpaio's lawsuit challenging President Barack Obama's executive action on immigration costing taxpayer money?