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What is SciCheck?

On WHYY’s The Pulse, Maiken Scott interviews FactCheck.org writer Dave Levitan about the new SciCheck feature, which focuses exclusively on false and misleading claims about science.
Scott and Levitan discussed the kind of issues that are on SciCheck’s radar, and how Levitan goes about checking politicians’ statements about science.
WHYY radio is a public radio station based in Philadelphia. The Pulse covers health and science issues.
SciCheck is made possible by a grant from the Stanton Foundation.

Nothing False About Temperature Data

Rep. Gary Palmer falsely claimed on a radio show that temperature data used to measure global climate change have been “falsified” and manipulated.

Huckabee’s False Witnessing

Mike Huckabee made a number of twisted claims about President Obama’s recent reference to the Crusades and the Inquisition at the National Prayer Breakfast.

Obama and ‘American Exceptionalism’

Bobby Jindal revived an old criticism about President Obama’s penchant for multilateralism, but he went too far when he said Obama “won’t proudly proclaim American exceptionalism.”

Overstating Impact of Funding Stalemate

Some Democrats overstated the potential impacts of a congressional stalemate that threatens to leave the Department of Homeland Security without funding after Feb. 27.

Saudi Arabia and the 9/11 Terrorist Attacks

Zacarias Moussaoui, a convicted 9/11 co-conspirator, says members of Saudi Arabia’s royal family helped finance al Qaeda prior to the 2001 terrorist attacks. The Saudi government says that “there’s no evidence to support Moussaoui’s claim.” Who’s right?

Conflating Costs of the ACA

Q: Did the CBO say Obamacare will cost $50,000 for every person who is insured?
A: No. A newspaper calculated the cost at $50,000 per newly insured person. But that’s over 10 years and covers more than just the previously uninsured.

Slower Premium Growth Under Obama

Republicans say the average family health insurance premium has increased by $4,154 under President Obama. That’s right — and it’s a much slower rate of growth than under President George W. Bush.