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Fact-checking the second day of the 2016 Democratic National Convention

The highlight of the second day of the Democratic National Convention was a sentimental and anecdotal speech by former President Bill Clinton. In contrast to many of his speeches, such as his address to the DNC in 2012, there were not many facts to check. Here’s a roundup of some of the most noteworthy claims […]

Fact checking the first night of the 2016 Democratic National Convention

The opening night of the Democratic National Convention was designed to help foster unity between the Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton camps–and attack GOP nominee Donald Trump. Here’s a roundup of some of the most noteworthy claims that were made. As is our practice, we do not award Pinocchios for a roundup of claims made in convention events. […]

Did Donald Trump really say those things?

Donald Trump’s long history of making controversial statements is catnip for opposition researchers, because an attack ad can simply use the GOP presidential nominee’s voice. In an ad released by a super PAC affiliated with Emily’s List, ordinary Americans are asked to read Trump’s statements. Many refuse, although they later show the cards with the quotes […]

Fact checking Donald Trump’s acceptance speech at the 2016 RNC

The dark portrait of America that Donald J. Trump sketched in his acceptance speech at the Republican National Convention is a compendium of doomsday stats that fall apart upon close scrutiny. Numbers are taken out of context, data is manipulated, and sometimes the facts are wrong. When facts are inconveniently positive — such as rising […]

New study: Juveniles engaged in sex trade much lower than previously estimated

Regular readers of The Fact Checker know that we have looked skeptically at various estimates of the number of youth involved in the sex trade. All too often, the estimates were based on flimsy or out of date data, leading to estimates that strained credulity. Among the claims that fell apart under scrutiny: that 300,000 children […]

Fact checking the third day of the 2016 Republican National Convention

On the third night of the Republican National Convention, GOP vice presidential nominee Mike Pence gave his acceptance address. Here’s a roundup of 11 of the most noteworthy claims that were made at the RNC, focused mostly on Pence’s remarks. As is our practice, we do not award Pinocchios for a roundup of claims made in convention […]

Fact checking the second day of the 2016 Republican National Convention

Hillary Clinton was often attacked, sometimes unfairly or out of context, on the second night of the republican National Convention. Here’s a roundup of some of the most noteworthy claims that were made. As is our practice, we do not award Pinocchios for a roundup of claims made in convention events. “You viciously attacked the character of […]

Pence vs. Clinton on the Iraq war vote ‘mistake’

DONALD TRUMP: But I was against the war in Iraq from the beginning LESLEY STAHL: Yeah, but you’ve used that vote of Hillary’s that was the same as Governor Pence.?.?. as the example of her bad judgment. TRUMP: Many people have, and, frankly, I’m one of the few that was right on Iraq. STAHL: […]

Fact-checking the first day of the 2016 Republican National Convention

The opening night of the Republican National Convention had a heavy law-and-order theme, with a particular focus on the 2012 Benghazi attacks. Here’s a round-up of some of most noteworthy claims that were made. As is our practice, we do not award Pinocchios for a roundup of claims made in convention events. “We were ready to go. But […]

Warren’s claim that advisory committees ‘formed’ during drafting of Trans-Pacific Partnership

“During the top-secret drafting process, 28 trade advisory committees were formed to whisper in the ear of our trade negotiators. Who sat on those committees? Eighty-five percent were senior corporation executives or industry lobbyists.” — Sen. Show More Summary

Trump versus Clinton: The Pinocchio count so far

Both major-party candidates have unusually high disapproval ratings. But how do they compare on The Pinocchio Test? With the Republican and Democratic national conventions unfolding over the next two weeks, it seems an appropriate time to take stock of more than a year of fact checks of Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton. All told, The Washington Post […]

Obama’s strange claim that it is easier for teens to buy a Glock than get a book

“We flood communities with so many guns that it is easier for a teenager to buy a Glock than get his hands on a computer or even a book.” –President Obama, remarks at memorial service in Dallas, July 12, 2016 We received numerous reader requests for a fact-check into this claim, almost immediately after Obama said it […]

Trump correctly uses new statistic that there are 20 veteran suicides a day

“Veterans’ health care must also include the best mental health care. A shocking 20 veterans are committing suicide each and every day, especially our older veterans. This is a national tragedy that’s not talked about. The evidence shows that of veterans in the system receiving care, they are much less likely to take their own […]

Are most job-related deaths of police caused by traffic incidents?

“The majority of job related deaths for police officers is due to traffic accidents.” — claim circulating on Twitter Amid the heightened national focus on deaths by and of police officers, this particular claim circulating on Twitter caught our attention. It was accompanied by claims that other occupations — such as farmers, construction workers and truck […]

Huckabee’s claim that more white people were shot by police in 2015 than minorities

“More white people have been shot by police officers this past year than minorities.” –Former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee (R), interview on Fox News Channel, July 9 On July 7, sniper fire from a lone gunman during a peaceful protest in Dallas killed five police officers and injured seven others. The gunman said that he was […]

Democrats’ still-misleading claim comparing Clinton emails to her predecessors’

“I’ve seen the authorities in my career in the House and Senate, I’ve seen federal authorities do their jobs regardless of political machinations and political pressure sometimes. I fully expect them to. And I think there won’t be an indictment. And I think that means she did what many secretaries of state have done in […]

Trump’s false claim that Saddam Hussein was ‘so good’ at ‘killing terrorists’

“We shouldn’t have destabilized — Saddam Hussein was a bad guy. Right? He was a bad guy. Really bad guy. But you know what, he did well. He killed terrorists. He did that so good.” — Donald Trump, speech in North Carolina, July 5, 2016 “Saddam Hussein, who’s a bad guy and all of that, but […]

Everything you wanted to know about Trump and the six-pointed star

Controversy over Trump’s tweet carrying the image of a six-pointed star similar to the Jewish Star of David became the subject of much scrutiny over the Fourth of July weekend. And Trump continues to face criticism. For readers who may have tuned in sporadically or missed it entirely, here’s a complete timeline of the facts of exactly […]

Recidivism Watch: Clinton’s claim about ‘marked classified’ material in her emails

“I never received nor sent any material that was marked classified.” — Hillary Clinton, interview on NBC’s “Meet the Press,” July 3, 2016 In her first TV appearance after voluntarily being interviewed by the FBI about her private email server, Clinton repeated one of her go-to lines that she did not send material that was “marked […]

Recidivism Watch: Trump’s misleading comparison of Clinton and Petraeus

“The system is rigged. General Petraeus got in trouble for far less. Very very unfair! As usual, bad judgment.” — Donald Trump, on Twitter, July 5 Trump repeated a Two-Pinocchio claim comparing the Hillary Clinton private email case with that of Gen. David Petraeus, the former CIA director who pleaded guilty last year to mishandling classified information he […]

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