Speaking at Concord High School Wednesday, President Barack Obama encouraged members of the audience and media to fact-check his statements on the economy. So we did.
Beyond the Truth-O-Meter
Donald Trump says the Obama administration plans to keep consumers in the dark about premium increases for 2017 under the president's health care law — for political reasons. But the administration says next year's sign-up season is going forward on schedule, and insurers say they've seen no indication of a delay.
Hillary Clinton’s foreign-policy speech in San Diego was mostly a very long attack on Donald Trump, with many citations of the statements he has made on foreign policy. Here is a guide to some of her key claims, along with the context in which Trump made them.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell falsely claimed that “the average person is about $3,000 or $4,000 a year worse off today than when President Obama came to office.”
Trump said wind farms in the U.S. “kill more than 1 million birds a year.” Reliable data are scarce, but current estimates range from 20,000 to 573,000 bird deaths per year. Trump also falsely claimed shooting an eagle leads to five years in prison.
Accusations that Hillary Clinton paid an actor to dress up in Navy attire for the 2016 Memorial Day parade do not come from reliable sources.
In complaining about superdelegates, Sanders is trying to have his cake and eat it, too.
When Donald Trump flatly denied that he posed as public-relations man John Miller in a 1991 phone interview, we asked a speech scientist at Carnegie Mellon University to analyze the voice on the tape. Her conclusion: "John Miller" is Trump.
With the unemployment rate at about 5 percent — half the level in Obama’s first year — McConnell should have checked before uttering such a stale talking point.
A years-old photograph was used to illustrate claims that thousands of bikers attended a Donald Trump rally in 2016.
A menu from a Bernie Sanders charter flight is real, but the selections are standard fare for Delta charters and not an example of hypocritical excess.
A quote purportedly from Sarah Palin saying that slavery wasn't the fault of the United States is fake.
A broken Huffington Post link circulating on social media suggested that Hillary Clinton would soon face an indictment, but the article was unvetted and did not list any credible sources.
While President Obama offered his sympathies during a visit to Hiroshima, he did not apologize for the United States' 1945 actions.
A fake news article reported that Donald Trump's tax returns were posted online after Anonymous hacked the IRS database.
A look at some of Clinton's past claims about her unusual email set-up and how they compare with the inspector general's findings.
A quote from the Republican presidential candidate about the role of money is real, but has been shared without context.
How does Hillary Clinton's statements on her use of a personal email system while secretary of state stack up with the report by the State Department Office of Inspector General?
Hillary Clinton appeared on NBC’s “Meet the Press” on May 22 and made several claims about her opponents that stretch the truth or lack context. In part, she relied too much on media accounts without doing enough double-checking about the facts. As we often warn, the burden of the evidence rests with the speaker. Politicians can’t hide behind press accounts.
A fake Donald Trump tweet claiming that he's been a plant for Hillary Clinton all along wasn't actually sent by the Republican presidential candidate.