Wednesday, October 1st, 2014

Beyond the Truth-O-Meter

No Cuts for Military Vets

A Republican TV ad in Illinois features indignant veterans scolding a Democratic House member about cuts to "veterans benefits" that never happened.

Peterson’s planes, trains and automobiles

In the vast 7th Congressional District, it can take hours to get from one place to the next. That’s why DFL Rep. Collin Peterson has long defended his use of an airplane to get around.

Two hits and a miss on NRCC’s latest ad

Another week, another ad on the airwaves in the 8th Congressional District.

Systematic beheadings of children by ISIS?

In August 2014, an urgent prayer request attributed to Sean Malone of Crisis Relief International began to circulate heavily on social media. The immediacy of the post's tone and the frightening content it contained concerned many social media users. Subsequently, concern for Christian children at risk due to ISIS activity in Iraq escalated and prompted a number of panicked queries as to the message's veracity. How much support is there for its claims?

Four Pinocchios for Rand Paul’s claim that McCain met with the Islamic State

Just because it’s on the Internet, it doesn’t mean it’s true. Yet here’s a U.S. senator, repeating a rumor about one of his GOP colleagues, as if it were an actual fact.

Pro-Schauer ad mostly true, but misleading

The latest ad from the Democratic Governors Association in support of gubernatorial candidate Mark Schauer is more truthful than false, but it gives a false impression of the now defunct Michigan Business Tax and the corporate tax that replaced it.

How Often Do San Diego Teachers Get Graded?

Congressional candidate Carl DeMaio has long branded himself a reformer. Now he’s taking on the education system.

Colorado legalizes recreational use of crystal meth?

Nope. More satire passed off as truth.

Michelle Obama divorcing over husband's golf obsession?

Of course not. More satire passed off as truth.

Playing Politics With Immigration

Competing ads from the leading candidates in the Louisiana Senate race play politics with the immigration issue and leave misleading impressions about the candidates' positions.

Pay-to-play accusation against Mike DeWine an issue of dollars and sense

As Attorney General Mike DeWine seeks re-election, critics have accused him of wringing campaign contributions out of law firms that do work for the state.

Rove-affiliated group attacks Grimes for stance on immigration bill

On Monday, Alison Lundergan Grimes, the Democratic challenger to Sen. Mitch McConnell in the hard-fought Kentucky senate race, tried to distance herself from President Obama with an ad showing her shooting a gun. McConnell responded in kind. At the same time, an independent group tied to Republican strategist Karl Rove began airing this ad blasting the “Obama-Grimes” plan to give “amnesty” to illegal immigrants. What’s going on here?

Rick Scott attack ad misleads about Charlie Crist and Ponzi scheme

With soft piano music in the background, an anonymous Republican in Gov. Rick Scott's latest attack ad levels an explosive claim about Democrat Charlie Crist and Ponzi schemer Scott Rothstein. Not only is there no evidence to support this accusation about Crist, the Miami Herald has identified the man as Fort Lauderdale investor Dean Kretschmar — and found that he never made that allegation in his successful lawsuit to recover millions of dollars in Rothstein-related losses.

Davis ad slams Abbott over sex abuse case

Democratic candidate for governor Wendy Davis’ campaign is rolling out a new television ad accusing her opponent, Republican Attorney General Greg Abbott, of doing “nothing” in reference to prosecuting a sexual abuse case.

Doubling Down in West Virginia

Rep. Nick Rahall's latest TV ad doubles down on the deceptive claim that Republican Evan Jenkins has pledged to "take away" black lung benefits from coal miners.

Colorado’s Contraception Controversy

Both sides in the Colorado Senate race are misleading voters in TV ads on Republican Rep. Cory Gardner's proposal to allow the sale of birth control pills over-the-counter.

Martha McSally's views on gun-show sales

Checking the claim that "nine out of ten Southern Arizonans support background checks for people buying a gun. So why does Martha McSally support the loophole that allows criminals and the dangerously mentally ill to buy guns without a check?"

Would Larry Hogan give corporations a $300 million break?

The claim is stated twice for emphasis in a new television ad attacking Maryland Republican gubernatorial nominee Larry Hogan: instead of investing in pre-kindergarten programs, he would give “$300 million in tax breaks” to wealthy corporations.

Davis releases new ad in race against Abbott

Democratic candidate for governor Wendy Davis’ campaign is rolling out a new television ad accusing her opponent, Republican Attorney General Greg Abbott, of doing “nothing” in reference to prosecuting a sexual abuse case.

Did a teacher get suspended for explicit sex-ed instruction under Common Core?

No evidence to support that this really happened.