Reality Check

Reality Check

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

Friday, Oct 10, 2014 at 11:35 PM PDT

Reality Check: Is Pot as Addictive as Heroin?

Reality Check: Is Pot as Addictive as Heroin?

A groundbreaking new study on the effects of marijuana has many of the drugs harshest critics weighing in. In this edition of Reality Check, Sam Brock clears the air and brings us the facts.

Wednesday, Oct 8, 2014 at 08:31 PM PDT

Reality Check: 49ers Fans Arrested More than Raiders Fans?

Reality Check: 49ers Fans Arrested More than Raiders Fans?

The fans of the Oakland Raiders have long been associated with rowdy, and sometimes violent, behavior, but a review of recent police records reveals that 49ers fans currently hold the Bay Area title for breaking...

Thursday, Oct 2, 2014 at 04:05 PM PDT

Examining Jerry Brown's Decision on Drones

Examining Jerry Brown's Decision on Drones

In this edition of Reality Check, Sam Brock focuses on the governor's decision to allow a more lenient use of drones.

Thursday, Sep 25, 2014 at 10:30 PM PDT

Reality Check: Examining the King Fire

Reality Check: Examining the King Fire

In this edition of Reality Check, Sam Brock looks at how the King Fire compares to other big wildfires in California.

Monday, Sep 22, 2014 at 08:45 PM PDT

Reality Check: NFL Player Arrests on Rise?

Reality Check: NFL Player Arrests on Rise?

In this edition of Reality Check, Sam Brock examines whether NFL players are committing crimes at record levels that the flood of recent media coverage might suggest.

Friday, Sep 19, 2014 at 03:41 PM PDT

Will GGB Suicide Barrier Reduce Bay Area Jumping Suicides?

Will GGB Suicide Barrier Reduce Bay Area Jumping Suicides?

A suicide barrier will be built at the Golden Gate Bridge, after years of debate, and research shows that the barrier won't only reduce the number of suicides at the bridge, it will likely result in an...

Thursday, Sep 18, 2014 at 09:15 PM PDT

Reality Check: Bridge Suicide Barrier's Impact

Reality Check: Bridge Suicide Barrier's Impact

In this edition of Reality Check, Sam Brock looks into the research to see if the new suicide barrier project at the Golden Gate Bridge will actually bring down suicide rates.

Wednesday, Sep 17, 2014 at 05:43 PM PDT

Urban Outfitters' Controversy a "Mistake" or Marketing Ploy?

Urban Outfitters' Controversy a "Mistake" or Marketing Ploy?

In the wake of the controversy surrounding Urban Outfitters' bloody-looking Kent State sweatshirt, it seems likely that what the company claimed was just a “mistake” was actually an intentional marketing move.

Tuesday, Sep 16, 2014 at 08:36 AM PDT

Does Obama Need Congress Approval to Fight ISIS?

Does Obama Need Congress Approval to Fight ISIS?

The U.S. Congress began debate Monday over what authority to grant President Obama in his fight against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS).

Friday, Sep 12, 2014 at 10:26 AM PDT

NFL's vs. Other Pro Leagues' Policies on Domestic Violence

NFL's vs. Other Pro Leagues' Policies on Domestic Violence

In this edition of Reality Check, Sam Brock compares the NFL's policy to those of the NBA, the NHL and MLB.

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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