12 Mar , 2018

Politifact’s continued biased and flawed evaluations about gun control: France had a higher casualty rate in one year than the entire 8 years of Barack Obama

Politifact’s Jon Greenberg claims: “NRA’s Loesch cherry-picks terrorism deaths in France to argue against assault weapon ban.”    They rate the claim as “mostly false.”  On ABC News’ This Week Dana Loesch had this to say:

Loesch: “France had a higher casualty rate in one year than the entire two administrations of Barack Obama.  


12 Mar , 2018

In the Washington Times: The facts about guns at school

Dr. John Lott has a new piece at the Washington Times that directly responds to false claims being made by Fact Checkers:

President Trump thinks arming school staff and teachers deter threats. Surprise, media fact checkers from The New York Times to FactCheck.org accuse him of “false and misleading claims” to “inaccurate facts.”

The FactCheck.org analysis has been carried on hundreds of news site.


12 Mar , 2018

Politifact’s continued biased and flawed evaluations of gun control: Questioning the claim that police are convicted at higher rates than permit holders

Politifact’s Jon Greenberg claims: “Florida lawmaker repeats dodgy claim about crimes by cops vs. concealed permit holders.”  They rate the claim as “false.”

This is in response to our research “comparing conviction rates of police and permit holders.”  The Florida State Representative, Matt Caldwell (R-North Fort Myers), who made the claim being evaluated made a somewhat different statement: “A law enforcement officer is more likely to commit a crime than a CWP (concealed weapons permit) holder.”

1) The data on police counts the number of reported cases, not the number of officers involved in the crimes.  


11 Mar , 2018

Fact Checker Snopes.com’s big mistakes in comparing mass public shootings in the US and Europe

Snopes.com recently fact-checked a post that we first put up in June 2015 and updated on January 7, 2016.  This became an issue for them because a story that Fox News’ Special Report that had run a couple years ago was getting circulated on Facebook after the Florida high school shooting.  …


1 Mar , 2018

At Fox News: The New York Times publishes a politically biased and inaccurate ‘fact check’ of Trump’s gun remarks

After President Trump met with members of Congress this past Wednesday to discuss gun control, Linda Qui at the New York Times wrote a “fact check” explaining why what he said was wrong.  Dr. John Lott has a new piece at Fox News that illustrates how poorly done and inaccurate Ms.…


29 Dec , 2016

Is Politifact really the organization that should be fact checking Facebook on gun related facts?

If gun control advocates were more confident with their arguments, presumably they wouldn’t have to so grossly exaggerate their numbers.  On December 27th, 2016 Politifact evaluated this claim that there are 7 children a day who die from guns, and Politifact’s Chris Nichols concluded that this claim by Congresswoman Jackie Speier that “more than seven children PER DAY have died from gun violence” was “mostly true.”

Politifact relies on a quote from the Brady Campaign’s website: “Every day, 7 children and teens die from gun violence.” The website notes that it crunched CDC data for children and young people through age 19.…


16 Dec , 2016

Fox News Opinion

CPRC at Fox News: “The real truth about Facebook’s ‘fake news’ filters”

Dr. John Lott as another piece at Fox News on some of the false statements that fact checkers have made about guns, crime, taxes, and vote fraud.

To protect Americans against “fake” news, Facebook will now use filters so that only “reputable” articles can appear at the top of users’ trending news stories.