Friday, February 27th, 2015

Beyond the Truth-O-Meter

A bipartisan fail over claims there was a 300 percent increase in ‘escort’ ads during the Dallas Super Bowl

There is a lot of frenzy every year over the Super Bowl — the team, fans, halftime show and commercials. And every year, there is an alarming message that the Super Bowl draws record levels of sex trafficking activity to the host city, as droves of sex slaves are supposedly sold to meet the increased demand.

Did Saudi TV blue Michelle Obama's face?

Did a Saudi television station blur out Michelle Obama's face during a news broadcast? No, someone else did.

Has Sharia law been established in a jurisdiction in Texas?

It's a mediation center, just like ones established by Christians and Jews.

Both Sides in Keystone XL Debate Bend Facts

Supporters of the Keystone XL pipeline, which would run from Canada to the Gulf, say the privately funded, $8 billion project is a critically needed piece of infrastructure that will create thousands of jobs and make the U.S. dependent on oil from friends, rather than foes. Critics claim it will disastrously increase the pollution blamed for global warming and put communities along its 1,179-mile route at risk for a damaging spill, all for oil and products that will be exported anyway. Which is it?

Distorting Climate Change Threats, Solutions

Two potential Republican candidates for president distorted the facts about climate change and casually dismissed well-established threats and potential solutions.

Rand Paul Exaggerates Tax Credit Fraud

Sen. Paul falsely claimed that a tax credit program for low-income workers has a "fraud rate" of 25 percent and costs taxpayers "$20 billion to $30 billion." Paul cited a report by the Government Accountability Office, but that's not what the report said.

Santorum’s claim that all ‘net new jobs’ went to immigrants and fewer native-born Americans are working since 2000

Santorum correctly uses the numbers from the Center for Immigration Studies’ report. But the figures he cites do not tell the full story.

Is the CIA director a secret Muslim?

Did CIA Director John Brennan convert to Islam while stationed in Saudi Arabia?

Arizona House Dems wrong on college graduation rate

It's not correct that, "right now, only seven out of 100 kids who enter Arizona's public high-school system graduate from college."

Ted Cruz’s claim that one of Obama’s ‘very first acts’ was returning a bust of Churchill

Making a mountain out of a molehill earns this claim Two Pinocchios.

Gov. Kasich repeats a Lincoln whopper

Somehow, Gov. John Kasich, a potential 2016 candidate for the presidency, fell for one of the oldest hoaxes around, repeating faux Abraham Lincoln quotes that keep popping up from time to time, no matter how many times they have been debunked.

Romney’s Poverty Points

Mitt Romney said that under President Obama "there are more people in poverty in America than ever before." That's true, but the poverty rate -- which accounts for population changes -- was higher under several former presidents than it is currently.

Did Sarah Palin pose with a "Fuc_ You Michael Moore" poster?

This one actually happened.

Does Obamacare provide federal subsidies for elective abortions?

The argument that the Affordable Care Act, a.k.a. Obamacare, provides federal subsidies for abortions came up several times during the House debate on an anti-abortion bill. How accurate is that claim?

Is San Diego City Councilman Scott Sherman a Politician?

Of course he is, even if he says he isn't.

Rand Paul’s claim that ‘over half of the people on disability are either anxious or their back hurts’

We’re a little late to the controversy over Sen. Rand Paul’s remarks on the Social Security disability insurance (DI) program — that “over half of the people on disability are either anxious or their back hurt” — but it’s an important issue that will have a central role in the political debates this year as the program faces a serious funding crunch.

San Diego Mayor’s Response to Emergency Response

Checking a claim from Mayor Kevin Faulconer's State of the City address.

Buffalo Wild Wings' Obamacare surcharge?

Only one franchise owner did it, and it was quickly rescinded.

Joni Ernst and farm subsidies

The connection to federal funds is greatly exaggerated.

A Democratic "plant" at the State of the Union?

The connection to a Democratic senator is greatly exaggerated.