Monday, August 31st, 2015

Beyond the Truth-O-Meter

Is wind power worthless?

Did Thomas Homer-Dixon argue that windmills never recoup the energy it takes to build them?

Clinton’s Email Brag

Hillary Clinton gave an odd -- and factually inaccurate -- account of how the controversy over her email habits as secretary of state mushroomed into a public spectacle.

Trump’s zombie claim that Obama spent $4 million to conceal school and passport records

Versions of this rumor — that President Obama spent millions of dollars to conceal records that would indicate his true citizenship — have circulated in the birther blogosphere for years. And fact-checkers have debunked versions of this assertion year after year. Yet it keeps rising from the dead, and it was again uttered on national television.

Sanders Hypes Health Spending

Sen. Bernie Sanders said that the United States spends "almost twice as much per capita on health care as do the people of any other country." He's wrong about that.

Carson’s claim that Planned Parenthood targets blacks to ‘control that population’

Mixing several questionable elements together, with little basis in fact, earns Carson Four Pinocchios.

Schumer’s claims about ’24 days before you can inspect’ in Iran

Looking at the nitty-gritty of the Iran deal.

Was Planned Parenthood Started To ‘Control’ The Black Population?

Fact checking O'Malley's Iowa campaign stops

Democratic candidate says he leads field in time spent in Iowa. Is that correct?

The Bear Facts

Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid has said at least twice that climate change is causing bears in the Sierra Nevada mountains to change their hibernation patterns. There is no evidence that climate change is actually having such an effect.

Sanders’ fuzzy math on ‘enormous jobs losses’

Checking the claim that “if Congress does not act to end sequestration, we’re looking at the loss of as many as 1.4 million jobs over the next two years.”

Did Donald Trump refer to Jesus as a ‘socialist loser’?

Nope, just a bit of humor.

Bush, Clinton Play Blame Game in Iraq

Who's responsible for withdrawing all U.S. combat troops from Iraq at the end of 2011? Jeb Bush says President Obama is to blame, while Hillary Clinton's campaign says President George W. Bush signed the agreement that set the withdrawal date.

Fact-Checking John Oliver on Sex Education

Spoiler: It's accurate.

Fact-Checking the Flame Throwers on Both Sides of Iran Deal

Based on the full Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action and on published expert opinions, the Forward has tried to fact-check the key points of contention.

Kerry’s claim that Bush offered Iran ‘way beyond’ what Obama negotiated

The Secretary of State reinvents history,

POW/MIA Flag Ban Controversy

Not something that is gaining widespread traction.

Fact check: Clinton aims to cut student debt to help families

Hillary Rodham Clinton's plan to make college more affordable and ease the burden of student debt could easily end up costing more than her proposed $350 billion.

Megyn Kelly and the Saudi Prince

Another photographic fabrication.

Fiorina’s Unverified ER Stat

Carly Fiorina claims that "emergency room visits are up over 50 percent" under the Affordable Care Act. Her campaign did not respond when we asked where she got that figure, but there is no evidence we could find to support it.

For Planned Parenthood abortion stats, ‘3 percent’ and ’94 percent’ are both misleading

Both sides' statistics are problematic.