Saturday, May 23rd, 2015

Beyond the Truth-O-Meter

The Texas governor and "Jade Helm"

Greg Abbott steps into the conspiracy theory.

Clinton Foundation’s misleading claim about Canadian laws on donor info

Amid heightened scrutiny over the Clinton Foundation’s finances, the organization’s acting chief executive recently released a statement in a blog post acknowledging “mistakes” in filing tax forms. Here's a closer look at one of those claims.

No ‘Veto Power’ for Clinton on Uranium Deal

A closer look at a claim from the "Clinton Cash" book.

Gosar tweet about Obamacare, pay based on unproven info

Checking the claim that "Affordable Care Act regulations are reducing small business wages by at least $22.6 billion per year."

Is The Clinton Foundation 'The Most Transparent'?

It's an oversimplification at best.

O’Malley’s claim about crime rates in Baltimore

One of Martin O’Malley’s favorite stump speech lines is about the drop in crime rates in Baltimore when he was the city’s mayor.

Ted Cruz and the tiger rug

It's a real picture, inaccurately described.

Las Vegas man watches as his Harry Reid tale takes off

Man acknowledges that he created rumor to see if the partisan press would bite.

Did the Supreme Court rule that police can't look the public?

Of course not; more fake news.

Christie’s claim that Medicaid spending has grown ‘over 800 percent’ in 25 years

A case of good intentions gone awry.

Carly Fiorina’s claim that not ‘a single regulation’ has ever been repealed

Not a single one? Not quite.

Clinton on Global Domestic Violence Laws

Hillary Clinton says “more than half the nations in the world" have no laws on domestic violence. But the U.N. reports that 125 countries -- two-thirds of all nations -- had such laws as of April 2011.

Why you should be wary of statistics on ‘modern slavery’ and ‘trafficking’

Advocates want to call attention to a problem and big numbers of course attract media attention. But these guesstimates remain too shaky to be cited without a healthy dose of skepticism.

Is Marijuana Really a ‘Gateway Drug’?

Though there are correlations between marijuana use and other drugs, there is no conclusive evidence that one actually causes the other. The science on this topic is far from settled.

Fighting back against California anti-gay initiative

The truth behind the "Intolerant Jackass Act."

Four Pinocchios for Sherrod Brown’s invented George H.W. Bush quote

President Obama’s request for enhanced congressional authority to negotiate the Trans-Pacific Partnership, a 12-nation trade deal for the Pacific Rim, has divided Democrats in Congress. Appearing on MSNBC, Sen. Sherrod Brown argued the case against the deal by quoting a Republican, former President George H. W. Bush, as saying that a $1 billion trade deficit would mean 13,000 lost jobs. But is it accurate?

Fact-Checking Is More Popular than Politicians

Fact-checking is a measurably effective tool for correcting political misinformation and increases the audiences' political knowledge. It is also growing at a dramatic rate.

Chris Christie Spins Economic Data

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie made a couple of economic claims at a recent forum in New Hampshire that may seem startling at first -- until placed into context.

The zombie claim about Navy ship numbers returns to the 2016 campaign trail

A statistic from the 2012 campaign reemerges for 2016.

Gender Pay Gap in Clinton’s Senate Office?

The Republican National Committee chairman says Hillary Clinton paid women in her Senate office less than men. But annual salary data provided by the Clinton campaign show median salaries for men and women in Clinton’s office were virtually identical.