Saturday, September 20th, 2014

Beyond the Truth-O-Meter

Obama Fumbles ‘JV Team’ Question

President Obama enjoys his sports analogies, so let's just say that he fumbled when he was asked whether he made a "misjudgment" eight months ago in dismissing the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria as the equivalent of "a jayvee team."

Did Maryland Lt. Gov. Anthony G. Brown really ‘tax the rain’?

Republican gubernatorial candidate Larry Hogan loves to tell voters that Democratic nominee Anthony G. Brown is part of an administration that taxed everything that it could — even the rain.

Cotton earns Four Pinocchios for a claim discredited eight years ago

It's a claim that has been repeatedly debunked by fact checkers. It even made’s “Whoppers of 2006.” But that hasn’t stopped Tom Cotton's campaign from dredging up the muck again.

Political ad fact check: "AWOL"

"AWOL" is a 30-second television commercial by Concerned Veterans for America, a conservative advocacy group. It targets Democratic Senate hopeful Bruce Braley, and it's one of several ads on the same issue. Not all, however, make exactly the same claims.

Brown, Kashkari Provide Partial Truths In Only Gubernatorial Debate

Democratic Gov. Jerry Brown and his Republican challenger, Neel Kashkari, covered a lot of ground in Thursday’s night gubernatorial debate. An examination of some of the issues they debated and a reality check on some of their claims.

The Rest of Alaska’s Crime Story

A controversial TV ad from Sen. Mark Begich accuses his opponent, former Alaska Attorney General Dan Sullivan, of letting "a lot of sex offenders get off with light sentences" -- specifically one ex-con who prosecutors say killed an elderly couple and raped their infant granddaughter in 2013.

A Game of Telephone in Colorado

A Crossroads GPS ad exaggerates a few personal anecdotes to claim that "many Coloradans pay roughly 100 percent more for health insurance since Obamacare."

Fact-checking the North Carolina U.S. Senate debate

Checking up on what Kay Hagan and Thom Tillis said at the debate.

Fact check: California gubernatorial debate

Here's a look at the accuracy of some of the statements made during Thursday night's debate between Gov. Jerry Brown and Republican challenger Neel Kashkari.

Fact check: The California gubernatorial debate

With charges flying in Thursday night’s debate, The Sacramento Bee did the fact-checking and analyzed the claims.

Grimes’ attack on McConnell’s wealth and votes falls short

This is one of those “kitchen sink” ads, in which a flurry of facts are tossed at the viewer, hoping something will stick.

NRCC, Again, Cherry-picks Data

The National Republican Congressional Committee once again uses selective evidence to attack a congressman for supporting President Obama. This time, the target is Democratic Rep. Nick Rahall of West Virginia.

Did Tobin push through 'billion dollar' tax hike?

Is it true that Arizona House Speaker Andy Tobin "pushed through a billion dollar tax increase"?

Eye socket injury for officer who shot Michael Brown?

No, it's not him -- it was another man who was totally uninvolved with the unrest in Ferguson.

Snyder scores 3 out of 4 for truthfulness on new 'Numbers' campaign ad

Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder mostly sticks to the facts in a statewide TV ad titled “Numbers” that began airing Tuesday, immediately after the Labor Day holiday. But one of Snyder’s claims in the ad is misleading, at best.

Otter campaign ad’s rosy outlook chooses stats carefully

Idaho Gov. Butch Otter’s new campaign commercial claims the state’s economy is “on a roll” thanks to his leadership, citing several measures. But overall, Idaho’s economy, while growing, has been much slower to recover than most states from the recession that hit just after Otter took office in 2006.

Senate debate in N.C. produces some questionable claims

U.S. Sen. Kay Hagan and state House Speaker Thom Tillis met for the first of two scheduled debates Wednesday, and both used some lines that rang bells with WRAL's fact-checking staff.

Libya's missing passenger jets

Rumor has it that 11 passenger planes are missing from an airport in Libya. Is that really the case?

‘Follow the money,’ say ads funded by big-money groups

The Kentucky Opportunity Coalition is a 501(c)(4) that, according to the Center for Responsive Politics, has spent $5 million attacking a single candidate — Alison Lundergan Grimes. Its donors are not disclosed. But it's attacking another group for playing the dark-money game.

Checking an attack ad on Minnesota gubernatorial candidate Jeff Johnson

After helping catapult Mark Dayton to the Governor's mansion in 2010, The Alliance for a Better Minnesota is renewing its focus: Gov. Dayton's reelection campaign.