Wednesday, September 17th, 2014

Beyond the Truth-O-Meter

Spinning Obama’s reference to Islamic State as a ‘JV’ team

With the passage of eight months, the president’s “JV” comment looks increasingly untenable, so we can understand why the White House spokesman would try to suggest that what is now known as the Islamic State was not the subject of the conversation. But in quoting from the transcript, he provided a selective reading of the discussion.

Ami Bera omits some facts in first campaign ad

Democratic Rep. Ami Bera, facing a tough challenge from former GOP Rep. Doug Ose, has released a TV ad that reintroduces him to voters and seeks to make the case that he’s delivered on his campaign promises.

Overblown claims of deaths and waiting times at the VA

Do lawmakers who jumped on the VA health care scandal have regrets about jumping to conclusions not warranted by the facts?

A $500 million education cut that isn't quite what it seems

Checking the claim that, "when it comes to education, Thom Tillis is gambling with our future. As speaker, he cut nearly $500 million from education."

Seeking Facts, Justices Settle for What Briefs Tell Them

Some of the factual assertions in recent amicus briefs would not pass muster in a high school research paper. But that has not stopped the Supreme Court from relying on them.

Checking Joni Ernst on Medicare

Checking a TV ad from the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee launched this week in Iowa.

Was Michelle Obama barred from traveling with her husband to Islamic countries?

Did Barack Obama's status as a Muslim prevent his wife from traveling with him to Islamic countries in April 2009? No, for multiple reasons.

Attacking Rick Allen’s Government Contracts

A Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee TV ad relies on innuendo and omission to accuse Georgia Republican Rick Allen of making “insider deals” to get government contracts at taxpayer expense.

Teacher pay claims raise questions in North Carolina

Teacher pay may be a state budget issue, but it is already featuring prominently in North Carolina's U.S. Senate race.

Trading Jabs in Michigan

Republican Terri Lynn Land and the Democratic party trade barbs in the Michigan Senate race, but both ads mislead voters.

Did Bud Selig save baseball in San Diego?

Were you surprised by Wednesday's revelation that Major League Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig saved baseball in San Diego? Longtime San Diego fans were.

Scandalous Ad in New Hampshire Race

A conservative group accuses Sen. Jeanne Shaheen in a TV ad of "profiting from her votes in Congress." But the scandal is how the group distorts the facts.

Does Kay Hagan vote with Obama 95 percent of the time?

"Kay Hagan has voted for President Obama’s failed partisan agenda 95 percent of the time during her tenure in Washington," reads a recent release from Thom Tillis' campaign. Is it accurate?

Presidential Vacations

Q: Is it true that George W. Bush took more vacation days than Barack Obama? A: Yes.

Can illegal aliens fly without an ID?

Does the TSA permit illegal aliens to board standard commercial flights without proper identification if they produce a "notice to appear"?

New Wendy Davis ad attacks Greg Abbott

The newest television ad from Democratic gubernatorial candidate Wendy Davis goes after her Republican challenger Greg Abbott for alleged connections to grants from the Cancer Prevention Research Institute of Texas.

Did Tillis give tax breaks to yacht owners?

Leaky logic in an ad attacking Thom Tillis.

The photo of Michael Brown that isn't

A Kansas City police officer shared a picture that he and others have claimed is slain teenager Michael Brown in a compromising position, but it's actually an accused killer from Oregon.

Tax increases due to Obamacare?

A flawed email on a purported bevy of tax hikes.

South Carolina Ad ‘Hides’ Key Fact

An ad from the Democratic challenger in the South Carolina governor's race says that when hackers stole 3.6 million Social Security numbers from state computers, Gov. Nikki Haley "hid it from us for two weeks."