The latest Truth-O-Meter items from Lilly Maier


Right on paper, but an oversimplification in practice

Recent stories from Lilly Maier

The year in social media claims, from True to Pants on Fire

Many claims went viral this year. Only a few of them were entirely accurate.

Would repealing Obamacare be easier than repealing Prohibition?

Amending the Constitution is usually toughter than passing laws. But when it comes to Obamacare, things get a bit more complicated.

Flip-flopping on the filibuster

Senate Democrats went forward with a "nuclear option" to defuse Republican opposition to President Barack Obama’s nominees. We found a lot of switching sides from where the debate was back in 2005, when the shoe was on the other foot.

Viral Facebook post says Obamacare fines to be seized from bank accounts

A Facebook post claims a man tried to "opt out" of Obamacare, was fined $4,037 through automatic bank deductions, and threatened with a home lien and driver's license suspension. The reality: the law doesn't allow for those penalties. Pants on Fire!

Syrian rebels include extremists, but how many?

Will U.S. aid in Syria's civil war benefit the nation's moderates, or factions of al-Qaida? Lawmakers' estimates aren't easy to confirm.  

Has Russia vetoed even simple U.N. press releases about Syria?

That’s probably true. But independently confirming it is another matter.