Beyond the Truth-O-Meter
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 a Saudi television station blur out Michelle Obama's face during a news broadcast? No, someone else did.
It's a mediation center, just like ones established by Christians and Jews.
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?
Two potential Republican candidates for president distorted the facts about climate change and casually dismissed well-established threats and potential solutions.
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 correctly uses the numbers from the Center for Immigration Studies’ report. But the figures he cites do not tell the full story.
Did CIA Director John Brennan convert to Islam while stationed in Saudi Arabia?
It's not correct that, "right now, only seven out of 100 kids who enter Arizona's public high-school system graduate from college."
Making a mountain out of a molehill earns this claim Two Pinocchios.
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.
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.
This one actually happened.
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?
Of course he is, even if he says he isn't.
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.
Checking a claim from Mayor Kevin Faulconer's State of the City address.
Only one franchise owner did it, and it was quickly rescinded.
The connection to federal funds is greatly exaggerated.
The connection to a Democratic senator is greatly exaggerated.