The Fact Checker: Master Archives


Bill Clinton’s incorrect comparison between U.S. and Mexican engineering graduates

Bill Clinton’s incorrect comparison between U.S. and Mexican engineering graduates

“Last year, Mexico, barely a third our population, graduated 113,000 engineers, the United States 120,000.”

— Former president Bill Clinton during a speech celebrating the 100th anniversary of the New Republic, Nov. 19, 2014

Former president Bill Clinton loves to toss out facts and figures. This line, from his speech at the New Republic 100th anniversary gala, is apparently a favorite that has turned up in some of his other speeches.

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Giuliani’s claim that 93 percent of blacks are killed by other blacks

Giuliani’s claim that 93 percent of blacks are killed by other blacks

“Ninety-three percent of blacks in America are killed by other blacks. We’re talking about the exception here.”

— Former New York City mayor Rudy Giuliani, interview on NBC’s “Meet the Press,” Nov. 23, 2014

Giuliani faced major backlash by critics for his comments during a “Meet the Press” segment on the anticipated grand jury decision on whether to indict officer Darren Wilson in the fatal shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo. Giuliani’s comment sparked a heated exchange with Georgetown Professor and MSNBC contributor Michael Eric Dyson over policing and crime in black communities.

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Obama’s claim that George H.W. Bush gave relief to ’40 percent’ of undocumented immigrants

Obama’s claim that George H.W. Bush gave relief to ’40 percent’ of undocumented immigrants

President George H.W. Bush “expanded the family fairness program to cover more than 1.5 million unauthorized spouses and children. This represented about 40 percent of the undocumented population at the time.”

— White House press secretary Josh Earnest, news briefing, Nov. 19, 2014

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Has the medical device tax shipped jobs overseas and stunted innovation?

“Actually there’s something that Elizabeth Warren and I do agree with, and that’s eliminating the medical device tax, which has driven jobs overseas and caused medical innovation to stagnate in this country.”

— Sen. John Barrasso (R-Wyo.), interview on FOX News with Neil Cavuto, November 13, 2014

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Obama’s claim that Keystone XL crude would go ‘everywhere else’ but the United States

Obama’s claim that Keystone XL crude would go ‘everywhere else’ but the United States

“I won’t hide my opinion about this, which is that one major determinant of whether we should approve a pipeline shipping Canadian oil to world markets, not to the United States, is does it contribute to the greenhouse gases that are causing climate change?”

— President Obama, news conference at G-20 summit, Brisbane, Australia, Nov. 16, 2014

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Global Factcheckathon: G-20 summit fact-checked by 9 fact-checking organizations

Global Factcheckathon: G-20 summit fact-checked by 9 fact-checking organizations

As world leaders gathered in Brisbane, Australia, to discuss the world economy, fact-checking organizations held their own virtual summit — to check the claims made by those leaders. The Factcheckathon is intended to show the reach and breadth of the growing journalistic fact-checking movement. It was organized through the initiative of  Alexios Mantzarlis of Pagella Politica, an Italian fact-checking organization, and Cristina Tardaguila of Preto No Branco, a fact-checking blog of the Brazilian newspaper O Globo.

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Explainer: What Gruber meant when he said ‘if CBO scored the mandate as taxes, the bill dies’

“This bill was written in a tortured way to make sure the CBO [Congressional Budget Office] did not score the mandate as taxes. If CBO scored the mandate as taxes, the bill dies.”

— MIT economist Jonathan Gruber, captured on videotape

What did Gruber mean when he uttered this words in a now-infamous video that has inflamed hostility to the Affordable Care Act?

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Obama’s G20 claim of the ‘longest stretch of uninterrupted private sector job growth’ in US history

Obama’s G20 claim of the ‘longest stretch of uninterrupted private sector job growth’ in US history

“The United States is in the longest stretch of uninterrupted private sector job growth in its history.”

—President Obama, news conference at conclusion of G20 summit, Brisbane, Australia, Nov. 16, 2014

(Note: This is a slightly revised update of a earlier fact check, for use as part of a global Factcheckathon of the G20 summit.)

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Obama’s royal flip-flop on using executive action on illegal immigration

Obama’s royal flip-flop on using executive action on illegal immigration

“Well, actually, my position hasn’t changed.”

—President Obama, news conference at conclusion of G20 summit, Brisbane, Australia, Nov. 16, 2014

Politicians generally hate to say they have changed their minds about something. With President Obama poised to take executive action to address immigration, perhaps as early as this week, he was challenged by a reporter to explain why he believed he could take this action now, after years of saying his hands were tied. The president responded with a Pinocchio-laden straw man, saying that the questions had a distinct focus: “their interest was in me, through executive action, duplicating the legislation that was stalled in Congress.”

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The NRA’s claim of a ‘Obama/Bloomberg/Landrieu gun control agenda’

The NRA’s claim of a ‘Obama/Bloomberg/Landrieu gun control agenda’

“Mary Landrieu will not protect your right of self-defense….who will stop the Obama/Bloomberg/Landrieu Gun Control Agenda?”

—flier mailed by the National Rifle Association to voters in Louisiana

During the campaign season, former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg has become quite the boogeyman in conservative districts. He’s been attacked for his stance on the environment (even by Democrats) and guns.

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