Thursday, November 27, 2014

Different strokes for different folks

Folk A: President Barack Obama

Obama claimed border crossings are at the lowest level since the 1970s.
We cannot directly check Obama's literal claim -- which would include the number of people who failed and succeeeded to cross the border -- because those statistics are not maintained by the federal government.
Truth-O-Meter rating: "Half True"

Folk B: Rudy Giuliani

Giuliani said blacks and whites are acquitted of murder at about the same rate.
We couldn't find any statistical evidence to support Giuliani’s claim, and experts said they weren't aware of any, either. We found some related data, but that data only serves to highlight some of the racial disproportion in the justice system.
We found "related data" PolitiFact apparently couldn't find:
Blacks charged with murder, rape and other major crimes are more likely to be acquitted by juries or freed because of a dismissal than white defendants, according to an analysis of Justice Department statistics.
Truth-O-Meter rating: "False"

Different strokes for different folks.

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