Tuesday, September 23rd, 2014

Beyond the Truth-O-Meter

Eye socket injury for officer who shot Michael Brown?

No, it's not him -- it was another man who was totally uninvolved with the unrest in Ferguson.

Snyder scores 3 out of 4 for truthfulness on new 'Numbers' campaign ad

Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder mostly sticks to the facts in a statewide TV ad titled “Numbers” that began airing Tuesday, immediately after the Labor Day holiday. But one of Snyder’s claims in the ad is misleading, at best.

Otter campaign ad’s rosy outlook chooses stats carefully

Idaho Gov. Butch Otter’s new campaign commercial claims the state’s economy is “on a roll” thanks to his leadership, citing several measures. But overall, Idaho’s economy, while growing, has been much slower to recover than most states from the recession that hit just after Otter took office in 2006.

Senate debate in N.C. produces some questionable claims

U.S. Sen. Kay Hagan and state House Speaker Thom Tillis met for the first of two scheduled debates Wednesday, and both used some lines that rang bells with WRAL's fact-checking staff.

Libya's missing passenger jets

Rumor has it that 11 passenger planes are missing from an airport in Libya. Is that really the case?

‘Follow the money,’ say ads funded by big-money groups

The Kentucky Opportunity Coalition is a 501(c)(4) that, according to the Center for Responsive Politics, has spent $5 million attacking a single candidate — Alison Lundergan Grimes. Its donors are not disclosed. But it's attacking another group for playing the dark-money game.

Checking an attack ad on Minnesota gubernatorial candidate Jeff Johnson

After helping catapult Mark Dayton to the Governor's mansion in 2010, The Alliance for a Better Minnesota is renewing its focus: Gov. Dayton's reelection campaign.

Pro-Schauer ad mostly factual, except on education cuts

The Democratic Governors Association released a new TV ad in support of Michigan candidate Mark Schauer Wednesday that repeats the false claim that Gov. Rick Snyder cut $1 billion from education. Otherwise, the 30-second ad, titled “Teacher,” is factually accurate, though somewhat misleading in places because of facts it omits.

Another Arkansas Whopper

An ad from the Republican Governors Association claims that Democratic gubernatorial nominee Mike Ross of Arkansas got a "sweetheart deal" on the 2007 sale of his family-owned pharmacy. That's not so.

Democratic Assault on Cassidy’s Record

In a double-barreled assault on Rep. Bill Cassidy, two Democratic groups are airing an identical TV ad that claims Cassidy "voted for a plan that would cut veterans benefits." That's not accurate.

Was Thom Tillis a partner at IBM?

It sounds weird, but actually it seems to be true.

Did DuVal vote for tuition hikes?

The Republican Governors Association gets it right in the Arizona gubernatorial race.

Free cars and gas for welfare recipients?

Has Congress approved a program to provide welfare recipients with free cars and a monthly stipend for gas? No, of course not.

Spinning Obama’s reference to Islamic State as a ‘JV’ team

With the passage of eight months, the president’s “JV” comment looks increasingly untenable, so we can understand why the White House spokesman would try to suggest that what is now known as the Islamic State was not the subject of the conversation. But in quoting from the transcript, he provided a selective reading of the discussion.

Ami Bera omits some facts in first campaign ad

Democratic Rep. Ami Bera, facing a tough challenge from former GOP Rep. Doug Ose, has released a TV ad that reintroduces him to voters and seeks to make the case that he’s delivered on his campaign promises.

Overblown claims of deaths and waiting times at the VA

Do lawmakers who jumped on the VA health care scandal have regrets about jumping to conclusions not warranted by the facts?

A $500 million education cut that isn't quite what it seems

Checking the claim that, "when it comes to education, Thom Tillis is gambling with our future. As speaker, he cut nearly $500 million from education."

Seeking Facts, Justices Settle for What Briefs Tell Them

Some of the factual assertions in recent amicus briefs would not pass muster in a high school research paper. But that has not stopped the Supreme Court from relying on them.

Checking Joni Ernst on Medicare

Checking a TV ad from the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee launched this week in Iowa.

Was Michelle Obama barred from traveling with her husband to Islamic countries?

Did Barack Obama's status as a Muslim prevent his wife from traveling with him to Islamic countries in April 2009? No, for multiple reasons.