Friday, July 3rd, 2015

Beyond the Truth-O-Meter

Chafee’s absurd comparison on the fiscal impact of the Iraq war and the Bush tax cuts

While the effects of the Iraq war may linger on, Chafee is engaging in fantasy math when he speaks of the possible four-decade cost of the Iraq war in the present tense and compares it to an old 10-year estimate for the 2001 tax cut.

Ted Cruz and the Texas rains

More total B.S. from a "satire" site.

Was Michelle Obama unpatriotic at the White House Correspondents Dinner?

No, the image shows someone else.

Did the U.S. Embassy in Jakarta move July 4 celebrations because of Ramadan?

It did, though not under pressure, as some critics say.

Hillary Clinton and Bin-Laden

The image is a crude Photoshop.

Clearing Up Claims on EPA Fracking Study

The Environmental Protection Agency released the draft of a long-awaited study on the potential impacts of hydraulic fracturing -- fracking -- for natural gas on drinking water, and individuals on both sides of the debate have misrepresented the study's findings.

The slur against Ted Cruz for making alleged slur

More fake news passed off as truth.

Walker’s claim that a controversial abortion law allows a choice of ultrasounds

In a recent New Hampshire appearance, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker was challenged by a voter who asked why he thought it was cool to have a transvaginal ultrasound. He responded that the state law had been misconstrued by the media.

Resettling Syrian Refugees

Q: Are 65,000 Syrian refugees being relocated to the U.S.? A: No.

O’Malley’s claim on unprecedented wage stagnation for 70 percent of Americans since World War II

In describing the “growing gap of injustice in our country today,” Democrat Martin O’Malley said 70 percent of Americans are “earning the same or less” than they were 12 years ago, for the first time since World War II. Is he correct?

No, federal workers are not necessarily watching porn on their days off

Federal employees and pornography viewership has all the makings of a catchy soundbite, just waiting to go viral.

O’Malley’s Mangled Wage Statistic

Democratic presidential contender Martin O'Malley claims that "70 percent of us are earning the same or less than they were 12 years ago." Actually, weekly paychecks for rank-and-file workers are 6.6 percent higher, even after adjusting for inflation.

The false claim that human trafficking is a ‘$9.5 billion business’ in the United States

Readers should always be wary of false precision. The sex trade is an underground industry, so on what basis would the revenues from the trafficking of children–or children and adults–in the United States be calculated so precisely, either as $9.8 billion or $9.5 billion?

Franks largely right on abortion laws worldwide

Is it true that "almost every other civilized nation on this Earth protects pain-capable unborn babies at this age"?

Carly Fiorina’s off-base claim that ‘every agency’ got ‘more money,’ ‘every year’

Is Fiorina correct that every agency has received more money every year for 40 to 50 years?

Pataki’s Welfare Whopper

Former New York Gov. George Pataki credits his "conservative policies" for reducing the number of New Yorkers on welfare by 1 million. The sharp decline was part of a national trend thanks largely to a 1996 federal overhaul of the nation's welfare system.

Mammography and the ACA, Redux

Get ready for another round of misleading claims about the government interfering with women's ability to get mammograms.

Perry’s Border Bragging

Former Texas Gov. Rick Perry routinely boasts that border apprehensions dropped 74 percent in Texas after he sent state law enforcement to the border last year. But Perry takes too much credit.

Hillary Clinton cites GOP quotes on equal-pay legislation out of context

This is a pretty interesting collection of damning quotes from Hillary Clinton about her GOP rivals for the presidency.

Sanders Exaggerates Inequality

Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders claims that "in America we now have more income and wealth inequality than any other major country on earth." Not really. Sanders excludes nations such as Russia, Turkey and Brazil from his definition of "major."