Summary We checked the accuracy of McCain’s speech accepting the Republican nomination and noted the following: McCain claimed that Obama’s health care plan would "force small businesses to cut jobs" […]
Stories by Brooks Jackson
Q: Did McCain crash five planes? Did he cause the 1967 Forrestal fire?
A: No. Chain e-mails and Internet postings that make that claim are mistaken. One crash was found to be his fault, but the Navy commended his piloting skills.
Summary We checked the accuracy of Obama’s speech accepting the Democratic nomination, and noted the following: Obama said he could “pay for every dime” of his spending and tax cut […]
Q: Did Obama say we "are no longer a Christian nation"?
A: He said we are no longer "just" a Christian nation, but a nation of many other faiths as well. A chain e-mail drops that key word and thus changes the meaning.
Q: Is Nancy Pelosi heavily invested in T. Boone Pickens' alternative energy company?
A: No, but her husband bought stock in Clean Energy Fuels Corp. last year. It amounted to a tiny fraction of the couple's assets.
Summary At a nationally televised forum at a mega-church in Southern California, we found these misrepresentations: Obama claimed that "I worked with John McCain" on ethics legislation. In fact, […]
Summary We are issuing a split decision in the Obama vs. McCain dispute over whether proper tire inflation could save as much oil as expanded offshore drilling is likely […]
Summary McCain released three new ads with multiple false and misleading claims about Obama's tax proposals. A TV spot claims Obama once voted for a tax increase "on people making […]
Q: Did Obama urge supporters to help him change "the greatest nation in the history of the world"?
A: No. Obama never said what’s being attributed to him in a number of chain e-mail messages. The line was meant as a joke about John McCain, Hillary Clinton and politicians in general.
Summary Obama released a TV spot saying McCain’s campaign got $2 million from "Big Oil" while McCain proposed "another $4 billion in tax breaks" for the industry. The truth is […]