Wednesday, January 28th, 2015

Beyond the Truth-O-Meter

Did Obama wear an "I Can't Breathe" t-shirt?

Nope, more fake news passed off as real.

Old quote by Obama on Muhammad resurfaces

Did President Barack Obama say during a 2012 speech that the "future must not belong to those who slander the prophet of Islam"?

Gingrich’s claims on Byrd’s and Black’s KKK membership

Was it OK for them to have been in the Klan because they were Democrats?

Has the medical device tax eliminated ‘thousands’ of jobs?

At the very least, citing a single (and relatively small) tax as the sole reason for current and future job cuts in the volatile industry is a misrepresentation.

Return of the False Tax Claims

Every once in a while bogus emails get revised, recycled – and widely recirculated. That is happening now with a viral email that purports to list income tax increases that take effect this year.

Will Keystone XL pipeline create 42,000 ‘new’ jobs?

Senate Republicans soon plan to bring a vote on the Keystone XL pipeline as one of the first acts of their new majority status, and once again we find ourselves fact checking jobs claims related to the project.

A made-up Sarah Palin quote

Did Sarah Palin really say this: "White Privilege? With affirmative action, welfare, food stamps, and all those thugs getting athletic scholarships over more deserving white kids, I'd call it black privilege." No.

A Sandy Hook victim in a picture of Peshawar mourning?

An odd image, but no sign of a massive conspiracy.

Gallego mostly right on migrant lawsuit

Is Joe Arpaio's lawsuit challenging President Barack Obama's executive action on immigration costing taxpayer money?

Cummings Misuses Police Shooting Stat

Rep. Elijah Cummings got his facts wrong when he said "96 percent" of fatal police shootings were "white officers killing African Americans." His office told us he misspoke.

Congressional Pensions Update

Can members of Congress retire and receive their full pay after serving one term?

Is the government microchipping homeless Americans?

No -- it's a particularly long-lived April Fools joke.

Bratton’s claim that more than 100 police officers annually are killed from ‘anger’ and ‘hatred’

Bratton is correct that more than 100 police officers die while on duty every year. But attributing all 100-plus deaths to anger, hatred and violence directed at police is misleading.

Are Tom Wolf's public education numbers on target?

Democrat Tom Wolf, who was elected governor in November, made education funding a key part of his campaign. He said the goal should be to get the state's share to 50 percent. To get a sense of what it would take to reach that goal, it helps to know the history of state funding in Pennsylvania and how much the state provides now. Wolf and his campaign have tried to frame the issue by citing numbers on education spending. We are fact-checking two of their statements

New Obamacare taxes?

A flawed recitation of "new" taxes under Obamacare.

Claims regarding Obama’s use of executive orders and presidential memoranda

This is a complex issue, and certainly worth exploring. A big problem is that data is very fuzzy, which makes it susceptible to manipulation.

Giuliani’s claim the White House invited Al Sharpton up to 85 times

Is it correct that President Barack Obama invited Al Sharpton to the White House upwards of 85 times? And does that make Sharpton a “close advisor” of the president?

Steve Scalise's speech

Was House Majority Whip Steve Scalise an honored speaker at a 2002 white supremacist convention in Metairie, La.?

Obama and the military wedding

Were two army captains forced to move their wedding in order to accommodate President Barack Obama's golf game?

Are Communists organizing anti-police protests

Were Ferguson protests planned and organized by Communists, as proved by their identifiable and professionally printed signs?