Category: Fact Checker

Video: Stats Not Voter Fraud ‘Proof’

This week’s fact-checking video from CNN’s Jake Tapper and FactCheck.org shows why Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach does not have “proof” of widespread voter fraud in New Hampshire that could have helped Democrats win a close U.S. Senate election.…

Trump’s Tax Plan and ‘the Rich’

In promoting his plan to overhaul of the nation’s tax system, President Donald Trump claimed “the rich will not be gaining at all with this plan.” But the tax proposal his administration outlined in April would heavily benefit high-income taxpayers,…

A False Headline About Free Tuition

Q: Is Western Kentucky University offering free tuition to black students because of slavery? A: No. The school does not plan to adopt a resolution passed by the Student Government Association demanding “full and free access” for black students. FULL…

Explaining McCain’s Defense ‘Cut’

Sen. John McCain says the budget deal President Donald Trump reached with Democratic leaders “basically freezes last year’s funding in place, which is a cut of $ 52 billion” in defense spending. In fact, the deal doesn’t cut the defense…

Fake Mike Pence Abortion Quote

Q: Did Vice President Mike Pence say, “Allowing rape victims to have abortions will lead to women trying to get raped”? A: No. That fabricated quote comes from a made-up story published by a “hybrid news/satire” website. FULL ANSWER Vice…

Kobach’s Bogus ‘Proof’ of Voter Fraud

Kris Kobach, vice chairman of the Presidential Commission on Election Integrity, claims to have “proof” of voter fraud in New Hampshire that’s widespread enough to have swung a U.S. Senate election in favor of the Democrats. He doesn’t. Kobach’s proof?…

Obama Didn’t Pardon Wendell Callahan

Q: Did former President Barack Obama pardon Wendell Callahan, who was later accused of killing three people after his early release? A:  No. Congress unanimously passed a bill changing drug sentencing laws and Obama signed it. Callahan petitioned for early…

Clinton Foundation Isn’t Charging FEMA

Q: Is the Clinton Foundation charging the Federal Emergency Management Agency to send supplies to victims of Hurricane Harvey? A:  No. That claim originated on a satirical news site. The Clinton Foundation has not charged FEMA for bottled water or other…

Video: Trump, Sessions on DACA

In this week’s video with FactCheck.org, CNN’s Jake Tapper reviews how President Donald Trump and Attorney General Jeff Sessions characterize the Deferred Action on Childhood Arrivals program. In announcing the phase out of the Obama-era DACA program, Sessions described DACA recipients as…

Who Benefits From Corporate Tax Cut?

In advocating for a corporate tax cut, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin overstates the consensus when he says “most economists believe that over 70 percent of corporate taxes are paid for by the workers.” In fact, who bears the brunt of…