Beyond the Truth-O-Meter

Trump’s False Tweets on Hurricane Maria’s Death Toll

In a pair of early morning tweets, President Donald Trump rejected Puerto Rico's official estimate of 2,975 hurricane-related deaths after Hurricane Maria and, in the process, made some false and misleading claims.

Was Donald Trump at Ground Zero Searching for Survivors Two Days After 9/11 with Workers He Paid For?

A meme echoes President Trump's 2001 comments about having hundreds of workers search for survivors after the terrorist attacks in Lower Manhattan.

Trump's Claim About Puerto Rico Hurricane Death Toll

President Trump accused Democrats of inventing the hurricane death toll in Puerto Rico. The false claim drew recriminations and distracted from the federal government's preps for Hurricane Florence.

‘Woodward Admits He Lied’ in His New Book?

When satire becomes false information.

President Trump’s Four-Pinocchio complaint about the Maria death toll figures

There have been many numbers regarding the death toll in Puerto Rico, but Trump is way off course to suggest they are still in double digits.

'Puerto Rico Was An Incredible, Unsung Success'?

During an Oval Office briefing on preparations for Hurricane Florence, a reporter asked President Trump if there were lessons to be learned from the widely criticized FEMA response to Hurricane Maria last year in Puerto Rico. Trump's response? In short: Nothing to see here.

Are Trump policies boosting the U.S. economy?

President Donald Trump pitched a wildly off-base claim about economic growth Monday as the White House used selective statistics to build a case that the economy is doing much better than when Barack Obama was in office.

Who Gets Credit For The Booming U.S. Economy?

The U.S. economy is chugging along. Employers added 201,000 jobs last month, and the unemployment rate held steady at a low 3.9 percent. Average wages in August were nearly 3 percent higher than they were a year ago. Who should get the credit for that strong performance?

Obama didn’t always tell it straight at U of I event

Former President Barack Obama’s recent denunciation of President Donald Trump’s treatment of the press overlooks the aggressive steps the Justice Department took to keep information from the public during his administration. Obama also made a problematic claim that Republican “sabotage” has cost 3 million people their health insurance.

Did Donald Trump Proclaim That ‘Dogs Are Disgusting’?

A bogus quotation added to the widely-held, and possibly mistaken, belief that the 45th president has an aversion to canine creatures.

President Trump has made more than 5,000 false or misleading claims

In 601 days, the president has made 5,001 false or misleading claims. He only broke 2,000 in January, so the pace has stepped up significantly.

Were Funds Shifted Away from Hurricane Relief?

As Hurricane Florence continued to threaten the East Coast, Sen. Jeff Merkley released a document that he said shows nearly $10 million that could have been used for hurricane recovery efforts was diverted from the Federal Emergency Management Agency to immigration enforcement. The Department of Homeland Security insisted no relief funding was taken from FEMA. We review the facts.

Obama Cherry-Picks Uninsured Figure

Former President Barack Obama claimed that Republicans' "sabotage of the Affordable Care Act has already cost more than 3 million Americans their health insurance." That's according to one estimate, but another found no significant change in the rate or the number of uninsured from 2016 to 2017.

Times Didn’t Say ‘Resistance’ Op-Ed is ‘Fake’

Did the New York Times admit that the anonymous op-ed essay it published was not written by a Trump administration official? No. That claim was made up by a website that trolls conservatives.

Anatomy of a Trump rally: 68 percent of claims are false, misleading or lacking evidence

For a second time, we checked the accuracy of every factual claim made by the president at one of his rallies. It's a long list, and not very pretty.

Trump Again Overblows Risks of Wind Power

In an Aug. 30 rally in Evansville, Indiana, President Donald Trump made three unsubstantiated claims about wind turbines, which he calls “windmills."

Girl in Trump Rally Video Not Related to Pelosi

Was Nancy Pelosi's granddaughter seen wiping her nose with the American flag? No. The young woman in a video from one of President Trump's rallies is not Pelosi's grandchild.

Did Cuomo let Republicans draw district lines?

In her Democratic primary bid for governor of New York, liberal activist and actress Cynthia Nixon has painted Gov. Andrew Cuomo as a false progressive, blaming him for Republican control of the state Senate that she says has kept progressive legislation from moving forward.

Trump Falsely Claims G.D.P. Growth Is Higher Than Unemployment ‘for the First Time in 100 Years’

It has happened at least 185 times in the past century.

Did Brett Kavanaugh signal he supports ‘going after birth control’?

Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) misleadingly trimmed crucial words uttered by the Supreme Court nominee in a discussion of a case concerning access to contraceptives.