Beyond the Truth-O-Meter

Williamson Misleads on Children’s Health, Vaccines

In a July 31 television interview, Democratic presidential candidate Marianne Williamson inaccurately implied there might be a connection between vaccines and higher reported rates of childhood chronic diseases.

Kamala Harris uses fuzzy math to suggest her tax cut is paid for

A reader spotted this ad and asked The Fact Checker a question: Do the numbers add up?

Fact-checking Trump's vague claims about US background checks

It is true that any company or shop that sells guns must put buyers through a background check. However, in the majority of states, private sellers -- those who occasionally sell guns they own and are not trying to turn a profit -- do not have to submit a buyer to the federal background check system.

Fact-checking Trump's claims on economist recession warnings

We don't have data on what every economist thinks. But prominent bank economists have warned this month of a significant risk of a coming recession, and a survey of business economists, mostly conducted in July, found that 74% thought there would be a recession by 2021.

Trump falsely claims Google 'manipulated' millions of 2016 votes

Epstein himself says Trump was wrong about his findings. Epstein did find "bias" in Google search results, but he says there is no evidence Google "manipulated" the results to favor Clinton. Also, critics of the study note that there is no definitive link between search results and voting behavior in presidential elections.

U.S.-Japan Trade Deficit Not ‘Changing Rapidly’

In Pennsylvania, President Donald Trump falsely claimed that the trade deficit with Japan is “changing rapidly.” In fact, the U.S. deficit in goods and services with Japan is up slightly under Trump.

Fact-Checking Trump’s Claim That Google ‘Manipulated’ Millions of Votes for Clinton

After making baseless claims of voter fraud, the president has turned to a new way of explaining his loss of the popular vote in 2016.

Dark money ad claims Susan Collins put old-age programs ‘in jeopardy’

The ad misattributes and misquotes the source material to make its claim seem more authoritative than it is.

No evidence for Trump's claim he was once named Michigan's 'Man of the Year'

Nobody has been able to find any evidence of Trump receiving such an award.

Trump takes credit for another factory approved under Obama

Shell made its final decision to build the plant in June 2016, during Barack Obama's presidency. A federal regulatory commission chaired by a Trump appointee did approve a pipeline that will feed ethane to the plant.

Has the Endangered Species Act saved ‘very few’ plants and animals?

Although his comments are technically accurate (especially when he uses the term “recovered,” which is the government’s term for delisted species), the EPA chief leaves out the population gains before species are delisted, which in many cases are substantial.

Fact-Checking Trump’s New Hampshire Rally

President Trump on Thursday repeated inaccurate claims about energy, China and his predecessor.

The Epstein Connections Fueling Conspiracy Theories

Jeffrey Epstein's connections to former President Bill Clinton and to President Donald Trump have provided the basis for unfounded conspiracy theories about Epstein's death.

Kamala Harris makes false claim about Trump and auto jobs

There is no credible estimate that 300,000 autoworkers might lose their jobs by the end of the year. And there has been an increase in autoworker jobs during the Trump presidency, though there has been a slight decrease over the past year.

Biden Misleads on Top 1% Tax Rate

The top 1% of taxpayers, on average, pay a higher effective tax rate than middle-income people, contrary to a claim Joe Biden made on the campaign trail.

Harris Wrong on Autoworker Jobs

Democratic presidential candidate Kamala Harris wrongly claimed that “as many as 300,000 autoworkers may be out of a job before the end of the year.” That’s a high-end estimate for total job losses — not solely among autoworkers — due to the potential impact of the Trump administration’s trade policies, including actions not yet taken.

Misinformation Flows Following Epstein’s Death

Unfounded claims and baseless conspiracy theories have run rampant in the aftermath of the Aug. 10 death of accused sex trafficker Jeffrey Epstein.

Trump’s claim his deregulatory actions are saving American households $3,000 a year

Our advice: Don’t bank on it.

Fact-checking President Trump's remarks at a Shell plant in Pennsylvani

A closer look at claims on energy and other topics.

Trump’s and Biden’s dueling claims on criminal justice reform

Reducing racial disparities in the criminal justice system has been a bipartisan project for both the Barack Obama and Donald Trump administrations. But in these remarks, Trump gives no credit to Obama. And Biden, in turn, minimizes the scope of the First Step Act that Trump signed in 2018, describing it as an add-on to Obama’s legislation. In fact, the law Trump signed goes well beyond that.