Wednesday, July 29th, 2015

Beyond the Truth-O-Meter

Did Obama back an ISIS-oriented center in Dearborn, Mich.?

Nope, just another case of satire passed along as truth.

Gosar wrong on health insurance costs

Checking the claim that "extending subsidies will continue to cover the fact that burdensome 'Obamacare' regulations are making health insurance more expensive for all Americans."

Rumors of a multi-city ISIS attack?

What to think of rumors that the FBI is preparing for a multi-city ISIS attack in the U.S. on July 4th?

Trumped-up charges against The Donald

Did Donald Trump say that if black people don’t like it in America, they should go back to Africa? No, it's satire.

Fiorina Shortchanges Marijuana Research

In questioning the value of medicinal marijuana, Carly Fiorina said "we don't understand how it interacts with other drugs." In fact, there is information about marijuana's interactions with other medications.

Was Hillary Clinton the Original ‘Birther’?

Two Republican presidential candidates claim the so-called "birther" movement originated with the Hillary Clinton campaign in 2008. Some of her ardent supporters pushed the theory, but there is no evidence Clinton or her campaign had anything to do with it.

Fact checking Donald Trump on Mexico

Donald Trump's comments on Mexican immigrants have been widely discounted as the ravings of an attention-starved man. Let's examine some of Trump's comments.

Did the government fast-track $29 million to Charleston?

The Department of Justice confirmed that it fast-tracked $29 million in assistance for the families of the Charleston church shooting victims.

Are there hundreds of thousands of sex-trafficked runaways in the United States?

As we have demonstrated in recent months, statistics on human trafficking are often heedlessly repeated without much scrutiny. The implication in both statements is that hundreds of thousands of runaways were sex trafficking victims. What’s the evidence to support that?

Lack of proof on abortion reversal

Checking the claim that "if this law goes into effect, physicians will be forced to provide patients with information that is not based in science and could put a woman's health and safety at risk."

When Chris Christie tells it like it isn't

Chris Christie certainly tells it like he sees it. That's not to say he always tells it like it is.

The Truth About Confederate History: Part 2

More history about the Confederate flag.

The Truth about Confederate History: Part 1

Fact checking the Confederate flag.

A questionable quote by Joni Ernst

Did Senator Joni Ernst say the GOP is “looking at ways to get the poor off Obamacare right now”?

The recurring claim that the medical device tax has cost more than 30,000 jobs

The Fact Checker often gets a case of deja vu listening to politicians.

Huckabee’s claim that New York City shootings are up because of Mayor de Blasio’s policy

The full impact of settling the stop-and-frisk lawsuit is not yet known, but Huckabee makes a connection that can’t be proven yet, based on highly misleading metrics.

Has there been one school shooting per week since Sandy Hook?

Sen. Chris Murphy, D-Conn., earns Pinocchios for repeating a disputed statistic in an irresponsible way.

Carson Overlooks Russia’s Reserves

Ben Carson said the United States has more oil and natural gas than Russia. Not so.

Fact checking the Obamacare rhetoric, pro and con

Moments after the Supreme Court upheld a key provision of the Affordable Care Act, aka Obamacare, our inbox began to be flooded with statements from politicians either condemning or praising the 6 to 3 ruling. These e-mails were then followed by queries from readers asking for an explanation of the facts spouted in those statements. Here’s a guide to some of the rhetoric, much of which we have covered in the past.

SCOTUS Ruling Fallout

The Supreme Court upholds the ACA subsidies, and the political reaction is misleading.