Tuesday, October 21st, 2014

Beyond the Truth-O-Meter

What you need to know about Schilling and Bustos voting record ads

Checking claims in a competitive House race in Illinois.

Hagan-Tillis claims and counter claims

A look at the North Carolina Senate race.

Midterm Medicare Mudslinging

Democrats, Republicans spend nearly $50 million on TV ads that repeat old, scary Medicare claims.

NRA’s Ominous But Misleading Appeal

A series of NRA ads employ images of an intruder breaking into the home of a mother home alone with her baby to make the case that Democratic candidates have "voted to take away your gun rights." But the implication of the jarring imagery goes far beyond the facts.

Sherrod Brown says Social Security is a promise between generations

U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown doesn't face reelection until 2018. Yet he is raising money now, asking for donations as small as $5.

Group slams Beauprez's banking background

Republican gubernatorial candidate Bob Beauprez is a former congressman, a rancher and a former banker. It's that last item Democrats are focused on.

Checking claims in an Arizona congressional race

Over the past two weeks, Arizona congressional district 1 candidates Ann Kirkpatrick and Andy Tobin released television ads touting their records on veterans affairs reform and state spending, respectively. Here the Daily Sun takes a look at the accuracy of both ads.

Sarah Palin's Ebola quote

Another fake quote attributed to Sarah Palin.

Checking Kirkpatrick on veterans

In an ad titled "Immediate Answers," Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick, the Democratic incumbent, says she "took on the VA to root out corruption, increase staffing and improve accountability then worked to build a tough, bipartisan VA reform bill." How accurate is that?

Clever wordsmithing doesn’t avoid Pinocchios in yet another black lung attack

We recently gave Four Pinocchios to Rep. Nick Rahall (D-W.V.) for an ad that literally put words in the mouth of his GOP challenger, Evan Jenkins. The ad tries to raise the same claim, in another ad featuring a miner, but in a more subtle way to avoid being fact checker bait. It also adds a new claim about Jenkins. How does it stack up?

Prop. 46 foes distort reality in new TV ad

The campaign formed to oppose Proposition 46 has added to its critique of the measure, arguing in a new TV ad called “ Inside” that it puts Californians’ medical information at risk.

Republicans rehash misleading claims on Ami Bera

The National Republican Congressional Committee, in its first TV ad targeting Rep. Ami Bera, D-Elk Grove, seeks to paint the freshman lawmaker and medical doctor as a free-spending hyper-partisan who would cut entitlements.

Paul Davis education fact check part 2

A political ad supporting Paul Davis calls out Gov. Sam Brownback, R-Kan., for cuts he made to school funding.

Miller-Meeks Attacks Loebsack on the Affordable Care Act

The candidates in Iowa’s Second Congressional District have started going after each other with competing attack ads. Here's a closer look.

Checking Obama on Jobs, Health Care

A few of President Barack Obama's claims in his speech at Northwestern University on Thursday and how they compare with the facts.

Fact check: Tom Menino’s new book

Not surprisingly, former Boston mayor Thomas M. Menino claims a host of major political triumphs in his new memoir, “Mayor For A New America.” Most of those are legitimate, but a few may make some observers with long memories scratch their heads. We decided to take a quick look at some of the more questionable assertions.

Fox News and the right to lie

Is it true that Fox News won a 2004 court case allowing the network to lie to viewers?

Fact checking Paul Davis' education ad

Here's a breakdown of the first claim in Democratic candidate Paul Davis' most recent ad.

A delay in federal tax refunds?

Will the payment of federal tax refunds for 2014 be delayed until October 2015? No, just more satire passed off as truth.

Settling the Dust in Arkansas

Arkansas Sen. Mark Pryor tries to make political hay out of agricultural dust by distorting the facts in a new TV ad, while Republicans manufacture a bogus jobs claim against the Democratic senator.