Monday, September 22nd, 2014

Beyond the Truth-O-Meter

Checking the "Republicans on Rape" meme

The quotes listed are all real.

Obama’s claim that businesses are in the ‘longest uninterrupted stretch of job creation’

The president gets a rare Geppetto checkmark.

Corbett defends his education spending record amid criticism

“Tom Corbett’s harmful cuts to education are hurting our children,” Katie McGinty, the head of a committee supporting Democrat Tom Wolf for governor, said during a visit to Millersville University on Friday. Here's a closer look at this claim.

Is there bipartisan support for Common Core?

Do the education standards commonly referred to as Common Core have bipartisan support nationwide?

Ducey on DuVal's work as a lobbyist

Is Republican gubernatorial candidate Doug Ducey correct in stating that Democratic candidate Fred DuVal has spent his entire career as a special-interest lobbyist?

Are gun-background-check claims true?

Stricter gun background checks may be helpful in reducing gun violence. They may not. But using vague source citations and flawed evidence does not help make one's case.

Welfare for weed?

Can you use Food Stamps to buy marijuana?

Perdue Distorts Nunn Campaign Memo

Republican David Perdue says in a TV ad that Michelle Nunn, his opponent in the Georgia Senate race, "admits she’s too liberal" and that "her foundation gave money to organizations linked to terrorists." Not exactly.

Rhode Island meddling in Colorado?

Rhode Island gets some dark treatment in the latest TV ad arguing over Colorado's Amendment 68.

Gardner's green energy re-brand

There's been a lot of arguing over energy this election cycle. Republican Senate candidate Cory Gardner decided it was time for a rebrand in his latest TV ad.

Did John McCain pose with ISIS fighters?

Nurtured by conspiracy blog posts, social media and photo-altering tricks, the false rumors of John McCain's relationship with ISIS have taken on a life of their own.

Has an ISIS terrorist been arrested in Houston?

Almost certainly not--we would have heard about it.

Fact-checking Obama on His Plan for Military Action

It's not as clear as President Barack Obama made it sound Wednesday night that he has the authority to go after Islamic State militants in the manner he plans, with sustained airstrikes and associated military actions designed to neutralize the foe. What is clear, though, is that he's going ahead with it anyway.

Tillis: An Education Budget Backer or Hacker?

A North Carolina public school teacher says in a TV ad that she tells her students to "start with the facts," but she begins attacking Republican Senate candidate Thom Tillis with an exaggerated claim about Tillis' education "cuts."

A too-sweet blog post about added sugar

The American Beverage Association is a trade association that represents producers, bottlers and others in the non-alcoholic beverage industry. One day after Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D-Conn.) introduced a bill proposing a tax on sugar-sweetened beverages (the SWEET Act, for Sugar-Sweetened Beverages Tax), the ABA weighed in with a blog post that pointed the finger at “food” as the “number one source of added sugars in the diets of American children and adolescents.”

Refereeing the John McCain-Jay Carney spat over Iraq

The fierce debate on CNN between Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) and former White House press secretary Jay Carney after President Obama’s speech is an excellent example of how Republicans and Democrats in Washington frequently live in parallel universes.

Fact checking Sen. Cruz’s claim of potential ban on SNL sketches

Imagine an America where a presidential impersonation on NBC's "Saturday Night Live" would suddenly become illegal. In what brave new Orwellian world would "SNL" comedians become brazen outlaws just for mocking the oval office?

Spinning Wisconsin Voters

In Wisconsin's race for governor, both sides are playing "spin the voter" with Republican incumbent Scott Walker's record on jobs.

Abbott ad goes after Davis on ethics

A new web ad from Attorney General Greg Abbott’s campaign for governor is highlighting reports about possible ethical missteps by Sen. Wendy Davis.

An ‘Obamacare’ attack ad stuck in a time warp

Sen. Mark Pryor, one of the endangered Red State Democrats seeking reelection, made waves over the summer when he took the unusual step of running an ad defending the Affordable Care Act—but without mentioning the law by name. (“That’s why I helped pass a law that prevents insurance companies from canceling your policy if you get sick, or deny coverage for preexisting conditions,” he said in the ad.) This response from pro-GOP Crossroads GPS seeks to remind voters that the law in question is actually “Obamacare.” But are its claims getting a bit stale?