Tuesday, May 26th, 2015

Beyond the Truth-O-Meter

Huckabee Exaggerates State’s Income Gains

Mike Huckabee says as governor of Arkansas he “raised average family income by 50 percent.” That's an exaggeration.

Warren’s false claim that ‘auto dealer markups cost consumers $26 billion a year’

How accurate is this $26 billion figure and is Warren describing it correctly?

Gallego half right on gun deaths, bans

Did the Arizona lawmaker correctly depict the number of gun-related deaths and injuries in America and whether banning assault rifles and high-capacity magazines protects police officers?

Greg Abbott and Jade Helm

Still looking for answers about Jade Helm?

Did President Obama call Baltimore rioters "heroes"?

Nope, just more satire passed off as real.

FactChecking Huckabee, Fiorina and Carson

The Republican presidential primary has three new contenders: former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee; former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina; and retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson.

The Super Bowl rotation myth

The NFL now uses a wider selection of Super Bowl host cities.

Both sides stretched truth in Prop. 1 ads

Both sides of the Proposal 1 debate stretched the truth in TV ads — the no side in two ads and the yes side until late in the campaign, when they switched to a more restrained message featuring former U.S. Sen. Carl Levin.

Did Czech leader call out U.S. for electing Barack Obama?

Did Former Czech president Václav Klaus call the American people a "confederacy of fools" for electing Barack Obama?

Pelosi’s perplexing claim that House bill would ‘cut’ VA medical care funds

To call the funding in the House bill a “cut” is not accurate.

Coming to America

Q: Is President Obama flying children from Central America to the U.S.? A: Yes.

Iran’s claim that Israel has 400 nuclear weapons

In the debate over Iran’s nuclear ambitions, the unacknowledged nuclear stockpile of Israel often comes up.

6 Quick Ways to Identify Fake News

It's easier than you think.

The Extreme Weather-Warming Connection

Rep. Lamar Smith, R-Texas, made several incorrect claims in a Wall Street Journal opinion piece regarding connections between climate change and severe weather.

Does the United States really have 5 percent of the world’s population and one quarter of the world’s prisoners?

A rare Geppetto checkmark for Hillary Clinton.

Baltimore ‘looting’ tweets show importance of quick and easy image checks

Some of the Baltimore "looting" pictures are actually not what they seem -- and figuring out those that aren't is easy for the careful reader to do.

Nope, Jon Stewart, $1 trillion wasn’t spent on Afghanistan schools at the expense of Baltimore.

The Fact Checker is a huge fan of The Daily Show, as Jon Stewart is frequently an excellent fact checker of media and politician misdeeds and inconsistencies. He’s also a comedian and, to some extent, a pundit. So why are we fact checking him?

‘Optimism’ That Fact-Checking Can Work

The American Press Institute published two new studies that it said are "a cause for optimism that fact checking in journalism can lead to a better-informed public."

Clinton Spins U.S. Rank on Gender Pay

Hillary Clinton cited data from the World Economic Forum to present a misleading picture of U.S. performance on gender pay disparity compared with other countries around the world.

DeLauro’s claim that the Trans Pacific free trade deal would spur a ‘flood’ of frozen shrimp

A report by Consumer Reports magazine on bacteria and antibiotics found in frozen shrimp — 94 percent of which is imported in the United States — prompted Rep. Rosa DeLauro, D-Conn., to issue a statement warning of “more imports flooding in from Vietnam and Malaysia” because of the pending 12-nation Trans Pacific Partnership trade deal will make it harder for Food and Drug Administrators to do their jobs.