Category: Fact Checker

FactChecking the Ninth GOP Debate

Summary The ninth GOP debate featured the top six remaining candidates for the party’s presidential nomination. They repeated several false and misleading claims, and made some new ones, too. Sen. Ted Cruz claimed that “we have 80 years of precedent…

Video: Trump on Unemployment

This week, CNN’s Jake Tapper, in collaboration with FactCheck.org, examines Donald Trump’s claim that he “heard” that the unemployment rate is 42 percent. The official unemployment rate was 4.9 percent in January, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.…

Is Kasich ‘Worst’ on Spending?

Pro-Jeb Bush ads rely on skewed data to falsely label Ohio Gov. John Kasich as having the “worst rating on spending of any governor in the country, Republican or Democrat.” The rating is based on data about Ohio’s general revenue fund…

Ad Attacks Cruz as ‘Weak’ on Defense

An ad from a conservative advocacy group attacks Sen. Ted Cruz as “weak” on defense, but makes several misleading claims to back up that assessment. The ad claims “Cruz voted with Bernie Sanders against defense spending.” That’s misleading. Cruz and…

FactChecking the Sixth Democratic Debate

Summary One week after their last meeting, the Democratic presidential candidates debated in Milwaukee. We found: Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders said his bill on Social Security would extend the life of the trust funds by 58 years. It’s 40 years,…

Clinton’s Exaggerated Wall Street Claim

Hillary Clinton exaggerated when she claimed Bernie Sanders “took about $ 200,000 from Wall Street firms” through the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee. The DSCC did provide about $ 200,000 to support Sanders’ 2006 Senate race, but a relatively small percentage of…

Trump Wildly Inflates Unemployment

Donald Trump said he “heard” the unemployment rate was really 42 percent. It’s not. That figure would include retirees, teenagers, stay-at-home parents and anyone else who doesn’t need or want to work. The unemployment rate is actually 4.9 percent for…

Debunking Obama’s Dubai Domicile

Q: Are the Obamas buying a vacation home in Dubai? A: No. This rumor was circulated on a fake news website. FULL QUESTION Is President Obama buying a four million dollar home in Dubai, and was a top Admiral fired…

Our Children’s Future

Political Leanings: Republican/Pro-Ben Carson Super PAC Spending Target: Unknown Our Children’s Future is a super PAC supporting Republican presidential candidate and retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson. The PAC filed with the Federal Election Commission on April 30, 2015. Jeff Reeter, former campaign finance…

Cruz Distorts Rubio’s Immigration Stance

In an attack on Sen. Marco Rubio’s stance on immigration, Sen. Ted Cruz makes two overly broad accusations that distort Rubio’s position. Cruz claims Rubio “advocates amnesty for criminals who are here illegally.” But Rubio supports deporting felons, and he…