Friday, September 4th, 2015

Beyond the Truth-O-Meter

Schumer’s claims about ’24 days before you can inspect’ in Iran

Looking at the nitty-gritty of the Iran deal.

Was Planned Parenthood Started To ‘Control’ The Black Population?

Fact checking O'Malley's Iowa campaign stops

Democratic candidate says he leads field in time spent in Iowa. Is that correct?

The Bear Facts

Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid has said at least twice that climate change is causing bears in the Sierra Nevada mountains to change their hibernation patterns. There is no evidence that climate change is actually having such an effect.

Sanders’ fuzzy math on ‘enormous jobs losses’

Checking the claim that “if Congress does not act to end sequestration, we’re looking at the loss of as many as 1.4 million jobs over the next two years.”

Did Donald Trump refer to Jesus as a ‘socialist loser’?

Nope, just a bit of humor.

Bush, Clinton Play Blame Game in Iraq

Who's responsible for withdrawing all U.S. combat troops from Iraq at the end of 2011? Jeb Bush says President Obama is to blame, while Hillary Clinton's campaign says President George W. Bush signed the agreement that set the withdrawal date.

Fact-Checking John Oliver on Sex Education

Spoiler: It's accurate.

Fact-Checking the Flame Throwers on Both Sides of Iran Deal

Based on the full Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action and on published expert opinions, the Forward has tried to fact-check the key points of contention.

Kerry’s claim that Bush offered Iran ‘way beyond’ what Obama negotiated

The Secretary of State reinvents history,

POW/MIA Flag Ban Controversy

Not something that is gaining widespread traction.

Fact check: Clinton aims to cut student debt to help families

Hillary Rodham Clinton's plan to make college more affordable and ease the burden of student debt could easily end up costing more than her proposed $350 billion.

Megyn Kelly and the Saudi Prince

Another photographic fabrication.

Fiorina’s Unverified ER Stat

Carly Fiorina claims that "emergency room visits are up over 50 percent" under the Affordable Care Act. Her campaign did not respond when we asked where she got that figure, but there is no evidence we could find to support it.

For Planned Parenthood abortion stats, ‘3 percent’ and ’94 percent’ are both misleading

Both sides' statistics are problematic.

Experts: Hillary Clinton video exaggerates student loan problems

Clinton has made student loan debt relief and college affordability a major platform issue as she seeks to attract the young and progressive voters.

Fact check: Sanders offers a math twist

Vermont’s junior senator and Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders has made a name for himself by challenging Wall Street and its funny math. He’s not above the occasional mashing of numbers of himself.

Obama, Kerry exaggerate risk to U.S. dollar if no Iran deal

President Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry argue that if Congress doesn't approve the Iran nuclear deal, the U.S. dollar will fall from grace. The dollar will "cease to be the reserve currency of the world" if the U.S. walks away, Kerry said Tuesday at a Reuters Newsmaker event. It's an exaggeration, if not a misstatement entirely, say currency experts.

Trump’s Amnesia

Donald Trump denied that he had ever called female adversaries some of the words Fox News host Megyn Kelly listed at the first GOP debate -- "fat pigs, dogs, slobs and disgusting animals." In fact, he has used all of those terms.

The NAACP and Georgia's Stone Mountain

Is the NAACP calling for the removal of an historical Civil War carving from Stone Mountain, Georgia?