Tuesday, May 26th, 2015

Beyond the Truth-O-Meter

‘Optimism’ That Fact-Checking Can Work

The American Press Institute published two new studies that it said are "a cause for optimism that fact checking in journalism can lead to a better-informed public."

Clinton Spins U.S. Rank on Gender Pay

Hillary Clinton cited data from the World Economic Forum to present a misleading picture of U.S. performance on gender pay disparity compared with other countries around the world.

DeLauro’s claim that the Trans Pacific free trade deal would spur a ‘flood’ of frozen shrimp

A report by Consumer Reports magazine on bacteria and antibiotics found in frozen shrimp — 94 percent of which is imported in the United States — prompted Rep. Rosa DeLauro, D-Conn., to issue a statement warning of “more imports flooding in from Vietnam and Malaysia” because of the pending 12-nation Trans Pacific Partnership trade deal will make it harder for Food and Drug Administrators to do their jobs.

Are Colorado Springs mayoral candidate's debate comments true?

The mayoral runoff debate raised questions Monday night when candidate John Suthers spoke out about crime and the conditions of those arrested in the southeast portion of Colorado Springs.

Freddie Gray's rap sheet

It appears to be real.

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."