Reality Check

Reality Check

Vets the truthfulness of claims and measures the efficacy of public policy

Thursday, Jul 2, 2015 at 09:31 PM PDT

Federal Overtime Pay Plan Affects Few in Silicon Valley

Federal Overtime Pay Plan Affects Few in Silicon Valley

President Obama's new overtime pay plan will impact 4.7 million American workers, according to data from the White House. But how will that plan impact workers in Silicon Valley? Sam Brock crunches the...

Monday, Jun 29, 2015 at 10:33 PM PDT

USDA May Take New Stance on Fat

USDA May Take New Stance on Fat

Dietary guidelines on how much fat a person should eat per day have been in place for decades. But now the USDA recommends those restrictions be removed. Does that spell disaster for America's waistline?...

Wednesday, Jun 24, 2015 at 11:38 PM PDT

Supreme Court Same Sex Marriage Ruling Could Impact California Law

Supreme Court Same Sex Marriage Ruling Could Impact California Law

The Supreme Court is set to rule any day now on same sex marriage. How will that decision affect California law? Sam Brock investigates.

Thursday, Jun 18, 2015 at 07:26 PM PDT

Study: Legal Medical Pot Doesn’t Boost Teen Use

Study: Legal Medical Pot Doesn’t Boost Teen Use

Some opponents argue against legalized pot, citing the risk of greater use among teenagers. But is that outcome really likely? Sam Brock investigates.

Tuesday, Jun 16, 2015 at 06:19 AM PDT

Curry vs. James: NBA's MVP

Curry vs. James: NBA's MVP

LeBron James told reporters that he's "the best player in the world," but do the numbers agree? Sam Brock takes a look at the data to investigate who is truly the best player in the league.

Friday, Jun 12, 2015 at 07:33 PM PDT

Drought Conditions Could Spread Disease

Drought Conditions Could Spread Disease

This week Governor Brown said that extreme drought could lead to the spread of disease. Is that fair warning or fear mongering? Sam Brock investigates.

Wednesday, Jun 10, 2015 at 07:24 PM PDT

Soda Warning Could Go Flat on Its Own, Expert Says

Soda Warning Could Go Flat on Its Own, Expert Says

Will San Francisco's new sugary beverage warning label be effective in cutting back on consumption of high-calorie drinks? Sam Brock investigates.

Monday, Jun 1, 2015 at 02:06 PM PDT

Link between STDs, "Hookup Apps" Needs Stronger Evidence

Link between STDs, "Hookup Apps" Needs Stronger Evidence

A Rhode Island Department of Health report blames the rise in STDs in that state to the use of "hookup apps" like Tinder and Grindr. But is that conclusion supported by the facts? Sam Brock investigates.

Friday, May 29, 2015 at 07:51 PM PDT

Oakland Protest Permit Policy May be Constitutional

Oakland Protest Permit Policy May be Constitutional

Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf implemented a new permit requirement for protesters marching in the streets at night. Is this a violation of the constitutional right to free speech and assembly? Sam Brock...

Tuesday, May 26, 2015 at 07:29 PM PDT

Toilet is Worst In-Home Water Waster

Toilet is Worst In-Home Water Waster

Homeowners across the state are looking to make cuts to in-home water use, but what household appliances are the worst water wasters? Sam Brock investigates.

ABOUT REALITY CHECK

Using a combination of interviewing, analysis and investigative research – Reality Check vets the truthfulness of claims and measures the efficacy of public policy. Sam Brock’s approach to reporting is to take no claim as fact without substantiating its accuracy and let the numbers do the talking.
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