Thursday, April 2nd, 2015

The most recent articles on PolitiFact Texas

Ted Cruz's first fact checks as presidential hopeful

Fact  checks of Ted Cruz spiked as he declared his candidacy for president.   We ended the week by lighting afire a Facebook meme critical of Cruz and rolling in Obama.   MORE...

Scott Walker, Greg Abbott and the Truth-O-Meter

Scott Walker and Greg Abbott, both visiting the Texas-Mexico border, have something else in common.   Truth-O-Meter records!   Walker, governor of his state longer than Abbott has led Texas, has been checked more often, though.  

Half True: Greg Abbott claim about Dallas minority students outscoring peers everywhere in America

Remember Gov. Greg Abbott's celebration of Dallas students testing better than students any other place in America?   He overshot on that.   ALSO: On the Abbott-O-Meter, see Abbott's campaign Promises now In The Works.

Rick Perry alone among presidential prospects in military service?

Rick Perry, who might join Texan Ted Cruz in declaring for president, has said he's the only aspirant who's got military service under his belt.   That declaration overlooks some fellow longshots.

Ted Cruz and the Truth-O-Meter Already Hot

Ted Cruz, the lively Texas senator, is declared  his candidacy for president Monday. (Ahem, he tweeted his plans before he spoke.) Win or lose in that endeavor, the Houston lawyer already has a Truth-O-Meter record drawing lots of online attention. See his ratings through today below. Dig into some of his "greatest hits" in our story starting here. Or gander at a PolitiFact look into his eligibility to run for president (Cruz was born in Canada) here.   It's TRUE: Cruz is the longest-serving solicitor general of Texas in history.  

Attention SXSW! PolitiFact still has a rocking song

We'd almost forgotten PolitiFact has a rocking song.   Yo, SXSW!

Luck of the Irish on the Truth-O-Meter

Three-leaf clover? Blarney.   We've got three fact checks in the spirit of St. Patrick's Day.

Global fact-checkers investigate claims about women

As the United Nations celebrates International Women’s Day, nonpartisan fact-checkers from five continents looked at claims about women’s lives.

Not so fast: Cops fired, private security hired, crime plummets in Sharpstown?

 A website retracted its story stating a Texas community replaced police officers with private security--and crime plunged 61 percent.   The yank happened at rare.us last week after Texas Monthly blew a whistle.   And now we’ve got the rest of the story about what’s up in part of the Sharpstown section of Houston.

Ted Cruz, presidential possible, has 'Time for Truth' book coming

Ted Cruz has a book coming this summer, perhaps in time to run for president.   Coming in June: "A Time for Truth."   Can't wait? Check out the Texas Republican's Truth-O-Meter report card.  

Pete Sessions’ ‘murders every day’ claim about immigrants released by Obama

Remember last summer’s Pants on Fire claims about immigrants committing 3,000 murders in Texas?   A similar claim singling out Barack Obama just drew four Pinnochio's from The Washington Post’s Fact Checker which also revealed the state of Texas has reconfigured its data.   (See video of Rep. Pete Sessions, R-Dallas, making his statement at the 23:29 mark of the video posted above this story or go directly here.)

Did Obama say 22 times he couldn't stop deportations by himself? Almost.

Speaker Boehner posted a list supposedly showing 22 times President Obama disavowed his power to stop immigrant deportations without congressional help.   That count doesn’t hold up. But Obama made repeated disavowals.

Sheila Jackson Lee did not invoke "wrinkly, white-aged has-beens"

Sheila Jackson Lee didn't wish death on "wrinkly, white-aged has-beens."   A Facebook meme whiffs.   AND: Homeland Security is the only federal agency not funded through this fiscal year, as Lloyd Doggett said.

Ted Cruz leading Scott Walker in Texas? Not in Pants on Fire ratings

A poll shows Ted Cruz barely still the favorite of Texas Republicans considering presidential prospects--with Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker close behind (within the poll's margin of error).   Poll results oft change. But Truth-O-Meter report cards just get longer. Walker has been fact-checked more than Cruz; he  also has more Pants on Fire ratings. More ahead...   Source: News story, "UT/TT Poll: In Texas, Walker Ties Cruz; Clinton Soaring," the Texas Tribune, Feb. 23, 2015

Checking gay marriage claims across the country

For the first time, a legally-permitted gay marriage ceremony took place in Texas today, though that legality is under challenge by Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton as we type.   We're sharing the Austin American-Statesman's exclusive video of the Austin ceremony here as we recap Truth-O-Meter rulings on statements about marriage.