Beyond the Truth-O-Meter

Was Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Once Fired from Hot Dog on a Stick?

This meme did not relay a credible story about Congresswoman Ocasio-Cortez. In fact, it didn’t even feature a photograph of her.

FactChecking Trump’s El Paso Rally

The president's falsehoods on El Paso crime continued, and he misled the crowd on the trade deficit and South Korea's contribution to U.S. military costs.

Trump’s false claim that violent crime hasn’t gone down ‘in a long while’

Now that he’s been president for two years, Trump says violent crime is finally going down — for the “first time in a long while.” Well, it’s easy to solve a problem when you completely misstate the facts.

Did the City of Denver Legalize Public Urination and Defecation?

In May 2017 the Denver City Council passed a set of reforms that, among other provisions, lessened the penalties for public urination or defecation. But it didn't legalize them.

Mayor hopeful omits context on minimum wage

Illinois lawmakers are poised to raise the state's minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2025, but that hasn't stopped one of the leading candidates for Chicago mayor from pushing for a faster path to that level.

Newsom wrong on illegal border crossings

California Gov. Gavin Newsom devoted part of his first State of the State address to attacking President Donald Trump's positions on illegal immigration, declaring, "This border emergency is nothing more than a manufactured crisis and California will not be part of this political theater."

Trump hails auto revival that's not happened

President Donald Trump is hailing a renaissance in U.S. auto manufacturing that has not happened. The industry is chugging along without the "massive numbers" of car companies that he says are setting up shop in the country.

Declaring emergency for wall not so ordinary

President Donald Trump would be taking an extraordinary step by declaring a national emergency to steer money to his promised border wall. He’s making it sound quite ordinary.

Kamala Harris Mistweet on ‘Tax Hike’

Sen. Kamala Harris, a declared candidate for president, cited preliminary IRS tax refund data for 2018 to criticize the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act as “a middle-class tax hike.” That’s a misreading of the data.

Liz Cheney’s claim that the ‘Green New Deal’ would eliminate air travel

The resolution doesn’t mention airplanes or cows at all; it certainly doesn’t ban flights or farts. As we’ve reported, these attacks are based on “frequently asked questions” documents that were released and then retracted by Ocasio-Cortez’s staff. But Cheney has added a new twist about “vacation commissars.” There’s nothing in the resolution regulating who can take an airplane and who cannot. Let’s take a look.

Sanders’ ‘Fact-Check’ Video Distorts Facts

A “fact-check” video posted on Sen. Bernie Sanders’ official social media accounts misrepresents employment data in an attempt to prove President Donald Trump “wrong” about the economy. The data actually show employment continues to improve under Trump.

Trump claims he's vindicated in Russia probe

President Donald Trump is declaring exoneration prematurely in the Russia investigation.

Kamala Harris leaps to unwarranted conclusions in tax tweet

Talk about a non sequitur that turns out to be nonsensical and misleading.

Was a Body Found in the Ohio River That of a Major Clinton Aide?

No. The network of websites and social media accounts operating under the “America’s Last Line of Defense” banner publish politically divisive content for the purpose of trolling conservative readers, characterizing it as “satirical” in disclaimers.

Trump Is Wrong About Fact-Checkers

In a political rally in El Paso, President Donald Trump falsely suggested that fact-checkers didn’t hold then-President Barack Obama accountable for his false promise that if you like your health care plan or your doctor, you can keep them under the Affordable Care Act. We wrote as far back as 2009 that Obama couldn’t make that promise to everyone.

Does a full-time U.S. worker at McDonald’s make just $7,000?

Rep. Ilhan Omar is in the news these days for her commentary on congressional supporters of Israel, which Democratic leaders have labeled anti-Semitic. That’s not something we can easily fact check, but even before this controversy erupted, we got a query from a reader about her statement above: “Do McDonald’s workers really only make $7,000 a year? That seems far below the minimum wage.” Let’s check the math.

What’s actually in the ‘Green New Deal’ from Democrats?

As a reader service, we’re going to summarize what’s actually in the Green New Deal from Democrats, and how we ended up with all this confusion.

Fact checking Trump's snowstorm tweet

The president said cold weather disproves the scientific evidence that the planet is warming. But it doesn't work that way.

Did Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam Say He Would ‘Execute a Baby After Birth’?

The ambiguity of Northam's remarks about late-term abortions, which he has not since clarified, raised questions about what exactly he was proposing or advocating.

Did the Uninsured Increase by 7 Million?

Democrats have embraced a new talking point: “7 million Americans have become uninsured” under President Donald Trump. That’s backed up by a Gallup survey. So far, one other measure has picked up a statistical change in the uninsured rate, but others haven’t. We’ll go through the numbers.