Are there hundreds of thousands of sex-trafficked runaways in the United States?

Sloppy reporting of dubious and outdated statistics results in wildly inflated numbers.

Huckabee’s claim that New York City shootings are up because of Mayor de Blasio’s policy

Huckabee gets the numbers wrong, and make a connection that has not been proven yet.

The recurring claim that the medical device tax has cost more than 30,000 jobs

Rep. Steve Scalise inaccurately cites an industry survey with limited scope.



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The Four-Pinocchio claim that ‘on average, girls first become victims of sex trafficking at 13 years old’

Once again, politicians and the media blithely repeat a Four-Pinocchio statistic on sex trafficking that does not hold up to scrutiny.

Fact-checking the 2016 presidential hopefuls

See a visual analysis.

Why you should be wary of statistics on ‘modern slavery’ and ‘trafficking’

Depending on the estimate cited, the number of victims changes by tens of millions.

Has there been one school shooting per week since Sandy Hook?

Sen. Chris Murphy (D) earns 4 Pinocchios for repeating a disputed statistic in an irresponsible way.

Fact checking the Obamacare rhetoric, pro and con

Politicians offered lots of numbers after the big Supreme Court ruling, but only some were not misleading.

Huckabee’s claim that ‘global freezing’ theories from the 1970s shows the science is ‘not as settled’ on climate change

The 2016 presidential candidate earns Four Pinocchios for relying on discredited media reporting to make a specious case.

Lindsey Graham’s zombie claim about no fugitive being arrested after a failed gun background check

The 2016 presidential hopeful earns 4 Pinocchios for repeating a debunked claim about enforcement of the Brady law.

Hillary Clinton vs. Jeb Bush on economic growth under Obama

Both Clinton and Bush point to similar jobs data to make opposite cases about the speed of economic recovery.

Rand Paul’s ridiculous story of an elderly man imprisoned for ‘dirt on his land’

Paul’s storytelling of government gone amok has run wild on its own.

Jeb Bush’s slam against Washington, D.C.

The former Florida governor attacks D.C. as a place of privilege but he overstates some of his facts.

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