Fact checking PolitiFact’s stock market numbers
“These numbers show that Webb is definitely right for the NASDAQ Composite (in fact, he underestimates a bit) and that he’s just about on target … Continue reading
The 60 percent pay gap in Silicon Valley
“One recent report on the gender pay gap in the Valley found that a woman with a bachelor’s degree here tends to make 60 percent … Continue reading
It’s a myth Obama wants the U.S. alone to stop climate change?
“Myth: President Obama wants the United States to stop climate change alone.” —The Democratic National Committee, December 2014 on its “Your Republican Uncle” website … Continue reading
FiveThirtyEight and atheists in prison
“Atheists are underrepresented [in federal prison].” Mona Chalabi, in a March 12, 2015 article for FiveThirtyEight Overview FiveThirtyEight uses data inadequate for the task … Continue reading
Did Netanyahu take Kerry out of context?
“Netanyahu Takes Kerry Out of Context” —FactCheck.org, from a March 3, 2015 fact check of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu Overview FactCheck.org’s assertion that … Continue reading
Would the 2013 immigration reform bill have allowed immigrants to take American jobs?
“Myth: Immigration reform will allow illegal immigrants to take away jobs from hard-working Americans.” —The Democratic National Committee, from its “Your Republican Uncle” website, November … Continue reading
Quote check: ‘We’re not going to let our campaign be dictated by fact checkers’
“We’re not going to let our campaign be dictated by fact checkers.” —Neil Newhouse, Mitt Romney campaign pollster, Aug. 28, 2012 Overview A … Continue reading
Waterboarding fact check: Kessler vs. Cheney
“Contrary to Cheney’s assertion, waterboarding was an important charge in a number of the lesser-profile cases.” —Glenn Kessler, the Washington Post Fact Checker, from a Dec. … Continue reading
PolitiFact vs. Giuliani on murder conviction rates
“[Rudy] Giuliani said, “the conviction rate is almost exactly the same” for whites and blacks who commit murder. … Without statistical data to back up his … Continue reading
CNN misreports “classic study on race”
“In a classic study on race, psychologists staged an experiment with two photographs that produced a surprising result.” —CNN’s John Blake, in a Nov. 27, … Continue reading
Rich Bond and working the refs
“If you watch any great coach, what they try to do is ‘work the refs.’” —Richard N. Bond, reported in the Washington Post, Aug. 20, … Continue reading
Is health care the ‘single biggest factor’ driving down the budget deficit?
“Obama said the cost of “health care is now the single-biggest factor driving down” the federal budget deficit. … We rate Obama’s claim Mostly True.” —PolitiFact, … Continue reading
Poll shows Republicans like Obamacare more under a different name?
“Survey: Republicans Like Obamacare a Lot More if You Call It by a Different Name” –Headline of a Jonathan Cohn article in The New Republic, … Continue reading