Sunday, December 21st, 2014

Beyond the Truth-O-Meter

No, Obama didn't order the U.S. to adopt the Euro

Yet more fake news passed off as real.

Misleading on Education Cuts in Louisiana

A new ad from Louisiana Sen. Mary Landrieu takes liberties with the facts to make the claim that her opponent, Rep. Bill Cassidy, "voted to cut $86 million from Louisiana schools."

Spinning Immigration Data

President Obama exaggerated when talking about declines in illegal border crossings, and Republican Rick Santorum made a misleading claim about the foreign-born population in the United States.

Arizona state senator is right on revenue lost from tax exemptions

Does Arizona lose $12 billion annually in potential revenue because of sales-tax loopholes?

Fake news report says DHS uncovered terror plot for Black Friday

Did the Department of Homeland Security uncover a terrorist plot to attack Black Friday shoppers in several locations? No, more fake news -- and promotion of unnecessary panic.

Bill Clinton’s incorrect comparison between U.S. and Mexican engineering graduates

Checking the claim that, “last year, Mexico, barely a third our population, graduated 113,000 engineers, the United States 120,000.”

Did Obama immediately file charges against Darren Wilson after grand jury decision?

Did President Barack Obama file federal charges against Ferguson, Mo., police officer Darren Wilson moments after a grand jury's decision not to indict him was announced? No, fake news again.

Giuliani’s claim that 93 percent of blacks are killed by other blacks

Is it correct that 93 percent of black homicides are committed by black offenders? And is homicide by police, like in Ferguson, truly in the minority among black victims?

Behind the Rising Deportations of ‘Criminals’

President Obama said "deportations of criminals are up 80 percent." But an independent analysis found that increase is driven largely by the removal of individuals "whose most serious conviction was an immigration or traffic violation."

Has North Dakota named a landfill after President Obama?

Nope, more fake news.

Did Sarah Palin say President Obama should put immigrants on a boat back to Mexico?

Nope, just more fake news passed off as real.

Was a Marine forced to remove car decals while Obama stickers were allowed to stay?

There's no mention that this five-year-old standoff was resolved quickly, and that Obama stickers weren't the only ones at issue.

Did George H.W. Bush really shield 1.5 million illegal immigrants? Nope.

Who knew that an article that appeared on Page 3 of the metro section of the New York Times nearly a quarter-century ago could have such resonance in today’s policy debates?

Obama and Cruz Clash on Immigration

President Obama and Texas Sen. Ted Cruz made seemingly conflicting statements about public opinion on the president's plan to address immigration issues in the U.S.

Bachmann’s Immigration Exaggerations

Republican Rep. Michele Bachmann wrongly suggested that Obama is granting citizenship and voting privileges to immigrants who are in the country illegally. His executive actions do neither of those.

Obama’s Actions ‘Same’ as Past Presidents?

President Obama repeatedly claimed that there is presidential precedent for the executive actions he took on immigration. But are the actions Obama announced really the "same kinds of actions" taken by past presidents?

The ACA-Gruber Connection

President Obama and Rep. Nancy Pelosi downplayed the contribution of MIT economist Jonathan Gruber to the Affordable Care Act, after controversial comments by Gruber came to light, while Republicans exaggerated his role.

Checking Obama on immigration

President Barack Obama made some notable omissions in his remarks about the unilateral actions he's taking on immigration. Here's a look at his statements Thursday and how they compare with the facts.

Has the medical device tax shipped jobs overseas and stunted innovation?

One could certainly argue that the tax, or anticipation of its impact, played a role in some business decisions.But there is no direct proof that the tax is the sole cause of their actions, or that it has fragmented the ability of the U.S. medical device industry to come up with innovative technology.

Would Hillary Clinton ban beards?

No, just more fake news presented as true.