Beyond the Truth-O-Meter

Parsing an unfettered Trump on border wall

President Donald Trump's latest account of the progress being made on his promised Mexico border wall pretty much defies comprehension.

Football ratings are down; reason unclear

Most television shows would love to have the "bad ratings!" that President Donald Trump tweeted the NFL is suffering from. But he's generally right that the TV audience size for professional football is off this year.

No Nationwide Sharia Ban

Q: Has a judge banned Sharia law across the United States? A: No.

What ‘China’ Ads in Virginia Race Omit

Television ads in the Virginia governor's race criticize Lt. Gov. Ralph Northam for his role on a state economic development board. But there is less here than meets the eye.

Kris Kobach’s claim that there is now ‘proof’ of voter fraud in New Hampshire

Is there now proof that shows fraudulent votes tipped the presidential and Senate races in New Hampshire?

Sen. Cassidy’s misleading claim that preexisting-conditions ‘protection is absolutely the same’

In the dispute between late-night host Jimmy Kimmel and Sen. Bill Cassidy (R-La.), one of the key authors of the long-shot GOP effort to repeal the Affordable Care Act, a key issue is whether the proposal maintains the ACA’s guarantee that people with preexisting condition can obtain health insurance.

Revisiting Trump’s Wiretap Tweets

CNN's report that federal investigators "wiretapped former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort" has prompted some readers to ask why we don't "correct" our March 6 article "Examining Trump’s Wiretap Claim." Simply put, there is nothing to correct at this time.

Did a 1990 Comic Depict Trump Coming to Power and Building a Wall?

A 27-year-old comic strip by Peter Kuper received renewed interest on social media in 2017.

Jimmy Kimmel Accused a Senator of Lying About His Health Care Bill. Who's Right?

Jimmy Kimmel, the talk show host who has become the unlikely face of opposition to Senate Republicans’ latest health care push, insisted he had done his homework.

The Preexisting Conditions Debate, Again

Republicans and Democrats are making competing claims on whether the latest GOP effort to repeal the ACA continues to protect those with preexisting medical conditions. Under the Graham-Cassidy bill, insurers couldn't refuse to sell policies, but they could price plans based on health status in states that allowed it.

Natural Born Bunk

Q: Have Rep. Nancy Pelosi and Keith Olbermann introduced a bill that would do away with the requirement that the U.S. president be a natural born citizen? A: No.

President Trump’s claim that 10 refugees overseas cost as much as one in the U.S.

In arguing for keeping refugees close to their home nations, rather than resettling them in other countries, the president offered an arresting statistic. He gave a very specific figure — that 10 refugees overseas could be helped for the cost of settling one in the United States. How did he calculate this, and is the calculation valid?

Kimmel's take on health care harder to refute

Who's right — President Donald Trump and Sen. Bill Cassidy, or late-night host Jimmy Kimmel?

Is President Trump vindicated on his claim of ‘wires tapped’ by Obama?

There is no new detail in the Sept. 19 CNN report that warrants a change to our original Four-Pinocchio rating.

Trump and the fog over pre-existing maladies

Who's right — President Donald Trump and Sen. Bill Cassidy, or late-night host Jimmy Kimmel?

Did Air Quality Improve Under Obama?

EPA head Scott Pruitt criticized former President Barack Obama for leaving 40 percent of Americans with air quality that doesn't meet EPA standards. But a report Pruitt’s office cited as evidence said there had been a "major improvement" in air quality under Obama.


To set the record straight, did not call the allegation that longtime Donald Trump associate Roger Stone had advance notice about hacked Democratic emails "false," as Stone claimed in a recent op-ed. We said it is "not an established fact."

Sen. Cassidy’s rebuttal to Jimmy Kimmel: ‘More people will have coverage’

As always with health-care policy, this is complicated stuff. But let’s dig through the code words and see whether Cassidy’s claim holds up to scrutiny.

False Headline on HIV Blood Donation

Q: Will California allow HIV-positive people to donate blood? A: No.

President Trump’s claim that ‘we’ve had bigger storms’ than Harvey and Irma

Trump’s response that “we’ve had bigger storms” is factual to a degree but does not address the economic costs of these major storms or the toll they take on people living in coastal areas.