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Trust Index: Fact-checking Trump-Biden final debate claims on COVID surge, lockdowns, Michigan governor’s boat
We’ve tested claims about the pandemic in just about every Trust Index report during the late election season. We’ve reviewed information surrounding this topic and confirmed that It’s True. We’ve reviewed information surrounding this topic and confirmed that It’s True. Trump’s claims on COVID mortality rate, excess deathsNext we’re taking a pair of claims from the President at the same time. More fact checks from the final presidential debate:Presidential Town Hall fact checks from the Trust Index:First Presidential debate fact checks from the Trust Index:
Trust Index: Fact-checking Trump-Biden final debate comments on race relations
Race and race relations remained a major point of contention during this latest and final presidential debate Thursday night. President Trump ranked 15th out of 20, sitting below President Richard Nixon. Who built cages at the borderFinally, one last one from the President on who built cages for migrant children. “And they said look at these cages, President Trump built them. More fact checks from the final presidential debate:Presidential Town Hall fact checks from the Trust Index:First Presidential debate fact checks from the Trust Index:
Trust Index: Fact-checking Trump-Biden final debate comments on health care, farm aid, minimum wage, jobs
Biden’s claim on private insurance, ObamacareThe Trust Index team is starting with this claim from former Vice President Joe Biden. “Not one single person private insurance will lose their insurance under my plan, nor did they under Obamacare,” Biden said. Trump’s claim on minimum wageNext is one from the President on the effects of a $15 minimum wage. "We’re rebuilding it and we’re doing record numbers 11.4 million jobs in a short period of time. More fact checks from the final presidential debate:Presidential Town Hall fact checks from the Trust Index:First Presidential debate fact checks from the Trust Index:
Trust Index: Fact-checking Trump-Biden final debate comments on climate change
Climate change was the focus of one of the sections during the final presidential debate Thursday night as it was the first time voters were able to hear from both President Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden on their records and plans to combat climate change. The Trust Index team is labeling this “be careful” because it depends on the number the President is using. Biden on climate change timelineFinally, one more from Biden on the climate change timeline. “We don’t have much time, we’re going to pass the point of no return, return the next eight to 10 years,” he said. More fact checks from the final presidential debate:Presidential Town Hall fact checks from the Trust Index:First Presidential debate fact checks from the Trust Index:
Trust Index: Separating fact from fiction in Michigan Senate race
DETROIT – We’re separating fact from fiction in one of Michigan’s most contentious and most expensive races. “He believes in no exception,” Peters said of James. As for hiding his plan, James is likely referring to amendments Peters made to congressional financial disclosures after initially not disclosing the state plan. We’re calling this Be Careful because James isn’t exactly correct on how Peters' plan works. James is referring to a statement Peters made in 2018 at a town hall where he said Medicare-For-All is likely down the road.
Trust Index: Fact-checking Trump’s town hall claims on coronavirus
In President Trump’s town hall Thursday night, the coronavirus took center stage as it has during this campaign. First we’re taking a look at a claim the President has made before that’s rating has changed since the first time he said it. Next is a claim the President has been making about the lives he’s saved during the pandemic. We were expected to lose 2,200,000 people and maybe more than that,” the President told one of women who asked a question during the town hall. More Town Hall fact checks from the Trust Index:
Trust Index: Fact-checking Biden’s economic promises, auto jobs
Former Vice President Joe Biden’s town hall Thursday night was largely policy-oriented, especially on matters of jobs and the economy, which is why it’s where we’re starting Biden’s plan for economic recovery. “Wall Street said I will create 18.6 million new jobs, good paying jobs. The GDP will grow by $1 trillion more than under Trump and seven million more jobs than under Trump,” Biden said. “Electric vehicles will save billions of gallons of oil and will create 1 million, not me, Wall Street (says), automobile jobs,” Biden told one audience member. The Biden plan doesn’t offer any specifics on how that would work and skeptics have said the switch over to electric vehicles without federal help could actually cost the industry jobs.
Trust Index: Fact-checking Trump’s town hall economic claims
For this Trust Index we’re taking a look at a pair of claims about the state of the economy under the trump administration. What is the Trust Index? We were just hitting 160 million jobs,” Trump said. What is the Trust Index? More Town Hall fact checks from the Trust Index:
Trust Index: Fact-checking Biden on controversial 1994 crime bill
One of the major issues for Joe Biden during his campaign has been his support of the 1994 crime bill which has been widely criticized as racist. “The Black caucus voted for it and every Black mayor supported it across the board,” Biden said. “What happened violent actually went down precipitously, remember the rise in violent crime in the late 80s early 90s? Biden is talking about community policing here and the results of the 94 crime bill. According to a Government Accountability Office report violent crime from 1994 to 2000 only fell about 2.5 percent.
Misinformation and disinformation: What it is, how to spot it, what to do
Many call it “fake news,” others might call it something else, but misinformation is false or inaccurate information, and it’s everywhere. Bell said disinformation can be part of a campaign designed to sway opinions in one direction or another. Hyman said it all spreads so quickly because “when you encounter some misinformation or part of a disinformation campaign, you may then share that information on social media, then you become an agent spreading that misinformation further." And you then share that but now you’ve shared something that is part of a disinformation campaign. Not all badBut this isn’t all to say that social media is bad and that all information on social media is bad.
Trust Index: Fact-checking crime, unrest claims from first Trump-Biden debate
We’re fact-checking the claims, starting with one that Biden has been making since late last month on the President’s budget and local police. “The only one defending that his budget calls for a $400 million cut and look for law enforcement assistance,” Biden claimed. Crime rate under ObamaBiden also talked about the record of the Obama administration when it came to the crime rate. Violence during protests, civil unrest claimsFinally, one more from the President about violence during protests and civil unrest. “Look at Oakland, look what happened and look what happened in Baltimore, look what happened.
Trust Index: Fact-checking claims on health care from first Trump-Biden debate
Health care remains a top issue for voters, particularly during the spread of the coronavirus as millions lost their jobs and health insurance over the course of pandemic. According to the non-partisan Kaiser Family Foundation roughly 25 million people get their health care through the federal ACA marketplace or the ACA’s Medicaid expansion. Here’s one from President Trump about Biden’s plan:“The bigger problem that you have is that you’re going to extinguish 180 million people with their private health care,” Trump said. While estimates differ, the Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services do estimate that roughly 180 million Americans have private health insurance. Biden’s plan creates a public option for low income Americans but does not get rid of private insurance.
Trust Index fact check: Trump says ‘We’re weeks away from a vaccine’ -- true or false?
The issue came up during Tuesday night’s first presidential debate between Joe Biden and President Donald Trump. “We’re weeks away from a vaccine,” said Trump. Fauci was talking about trials being done on vaccines, and said his team is “cautiously optimistic” about having a vaccine ready before the end of the year. That’s a bit longer than just “weeks” away, but Trump was not exactly specific in his statement. Trump says the vaccine development is a "political thing" and he says he disagrees with his own CDC.
Trust Index: Fact-checking from first Biden-Trump debate
The Trust Index team was busy fact-checking Tuesday night’s presidential debate between President Donald Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden. And we continue. Let us know if there was a statement from this first Trump-Biden debate that you want fact-checked -- let us know here.
Trust Index: What do you want fact-checked from presidential debate?
What statement(s) would you like us to fact check from the Sept. 29 presidential debate? If there is a specific statement made by one of the candidates that you want us to check out, let us know here:Related: Fact-checking 5 claims about mail-in voting
Trust Index: We’re fact checking the presidential debates live
With the election less than 40 days away, ClickOnDetroit and Local 4 will be factchecking the upcoming presidential and vice presidential debates -- live. Vice President Joe Biden and the conventions of both parties. The first is Sept. 29 where President Donald Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden will debate in Cleveland, Ohio. What do you want fact-checked from presidential debate? During the debates Grant will factcheck the debates on Twitter which will also be live streamed on ClickOnDetroit.