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Archived Since:April 20, 2011

Blog Post Archive

The viral claim that a black person is killed by police ‘every 28 hours’

  every 28 hours a black man is killed by a police officer. twenty. eight. dear god. — katie is a cloud (@sectionk8) December 23, 2014 https://twitter.com/search?f=realtime&q=every%2028%20hours&src=typd Quit killing the unarmed if you want anything more than crocodile tears for dead cops. Every 28 hours they kill an unarmed black? Fix that. — Brian Pardy […]

Giuliani’s claim that Obama launched anti-police ‘propaganda’

  “We’ve had four months of propaganda, starting with the president, that everybody should hate the police.” — Former New York City mayor Rudy Giuliani, FOX News Sunday, Dec. 21, 2014 Giuliani made headlines after his statement on Fox News, which he repeated the next day on CNN. His remarks were unusually sharp-edged, but he […]

The most popular fact checks of 2014

Once again, we are presenting a list of our 10 most popular fact checks of the past year. The most widely read column of the year was the “flip-flop” awarded to President Obama for claiming that his position on using executive action had not changed. This resulted in a rare awarding of an upside-down Pinocchio. […]

Gruber’s after-the-fact explanation of his Obamacare remarks

“The point I believe I was making was about the possibility that the federal government, for whatever reason, might not create a federal exchange. If that were to occur, and only in that context, then the only way that states could guarantee that their citizens would receive tax credits would be to set up their […]

Russia’s claim that 80 percent of Congress never traveled overseas

“Congress is a very special group of people, more than 80 percent of them never left the United States, they live in their own world, so I’m not amazed about this Russophobia which is being demonstrated by the Congress at the moment.” — Foreign Minister of the Russian Federation Sergey Lavrov, TV interview with France 24, Dec. […]

One in five women in college sexually assaulted: an update

“We know the numbers: one in five of every one of those young women who is dropped off for that first day of school, before they finish school, will be assaulted, will be assaulted in her college years.” –Vice President Biden, remarks on the release of a White House report on sexual assault, April 29, […]

Cheney’s claim that the U.S. did not prosecute Japanese soldiers for waterboarding

Chuck Todd: “When you say waterboarding is not torture then why did we prosecute Japanese soldiers?” Former Vice President Richard B. Cheney: “Not for waterboarding. They did an awful lot of other stuff.  To draw some kind of moral equivalent between waterboarding judged by our Justice Department not to be torture and what the Japanese […]

The biggest Pinocchios of 2014

      It’s time for our annual round-up of the biggest Pinocchios of the year. The midterm elections, of course, dominated our coverage of false claims, as an avalanche of negative ads tumbled across televisions screens. Some of those ads, which made it onto our list of the worst campaign ads, have the dubious […]

Explainer: Elizabeth Warren vs. Weiss and the use of corporate inversions

“One of the biggest and most public corporate inversions last summer was the deal cut by Burger King to slash its tax bill by purchasing the Canadian company Tim Hortons and then ‘inverting’ the American company to Canadian ownership. And Weiss was right there, working on Burger King’s tax deal. Weiss’ work wasn’t unusual for […]

Cotton’s claim that Hezbollah is ‘under federal indictment’ for attempting a terror attack in Washington

“Hezbollah has tried to launch terrorist attacks right here in Washington D.C. They’re under federal indictment collaborating with locals in Mexico to cross our borders, attack us here.” –Sen.-elect Tom Cotton (R-Ark.), interview on NBC’s “Meet the Press,” Nov. 30, 2014 We are a little late to this, and thus are following FactCheck.org’s look at the […]

The truth about a viral graphic on rape statistics

Social media has exploded following revelations that there were discrepancies in the Rolling Stones story of an alleged gang rape at the University of Virginia. Using the hashtag #IStandWithJackie, Twitter users have been rallying around the woman whose story is now coming under attack after the magazine’s statement that its trust in her was “misplaced.” Among the […]

Does Obama have the ‘worst’ record of any president on the national debt?

President Obama has “the worst record of any president when it comes to putting America deeper in debt.” — Reince Priebus, chairman of the Republican Nation Committee, Dec. 2, 2014 Just when we were beginning to think that politicians in Washington no longer cared much about the national debt, the RNC chairman hauled out this […]

Do ‘welfare’ recipients get $35,000 in benefits a year?

“A single parent with a couple kids can easily get $35,000 a year in total benefits between the health care and the earned income credit and the FoodShare and the low-income housing and what have you. … That’s after taxes.” – Incoming Rep. Glenn Grothman (R-Wisc.), on UpFront with Mike Gousha, Nov. 30, 2014.  The […]

Has House Republicans’ inaction on immigration reform cost $37 million a day?

“With each additional day that passes, another $37 million in revenue is lost. There is no denying the powerful impact that immigration reform could have on our economy.” –“The Cost of Inaction on Immigration Reform,” the Center for American Progress’ running tally of tax revenues lost due to inaction on comprehensive immigration reform This figure […]

The most popular fact checks of November

By a wide margin, the most widely-read fact check of November was our examination of President Obama’s evolving views on whether he could take executive action on immigration, which resulted in a rare Upside-Down Pinocchio for a flip-flop. But there was also strong interest in fact checks having to do with two other Obama statements — […]

Bill Clinton’s incorrect comparison between U.S. and Mexican engineering graduates

“Last year, Mexico, barely a third our population, graduated 113,000 engineers, the United States 120,000.” — Former president Bill Clinton during a speech celebrating the 100th anniversary of the New Republic, Nov. 19, 2014 Former president Bill Clinton loves to toss out facts and figures. This line, from his speech at the New Republic 100th anniversary […]

Giuliani’s claim that 93 percent of blacks are killed by other blacks

“Ninety-three percent of blacks in America are killed by other blacks. We’re talking about the exception here.” — Former New York City mayor Rudy Giuliani, interview on NBC’s “Meet the Press,” Nov. 23, 2014 Giuliani faced major backlash by critics for his comments during a “Meet the Press” segment on the anticipated grand jury decision on whether […]

Did George H.W. Bush really shield 1.5 million illegal immigrants? Nope.

  President George H.W. Bush “expanded the family fairness program to cover more than 1.5 million unauthorized spouses and children. This represented about 40 percent of the undocumented population at the time.” –White House press secretary Josh Earnest, news briefing, Nov. 19, 2014 Who knew that an article that appeared on Page 3 of the […]

Has the medical device tax shipped jobs overseas and stunted innovation?

“Actually there’s something that Elizabeth Warren and I do agree with, and that’s eliminating the medical device tax, which has driven jobs overseas and caused medical innovation to stagnate in this country.” – Sen. John Barrasso (R-Wyo.), interview on FOX News with Neil Cavuto, November 13, 2014 (Editor’s note: Michelle Ye Hee Lee is joining The […]

Obama’s claim that Keystone crude would go ‘everywhere else’ but the United States

“I won’t hide my opinion about this, which is that one major determinant of whether we should approve a pipeline shipping Canadian oil to world markets, not to the United States, is does it contribute to the greenhouse gases that are causing climate change?” –President Barack Obama, news conference at G20 summit, Brisbane, Australia, Nov. […]

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