Reality Check

Reality Check

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

Wednesday, Nov 5, 2014 at 08:53 PM PST

Reality Check: Examining Republican Majority

Reality Check: Examining Republican Majority

In this edition of Reality Check, Sam Brock examines the "tidal" change in Washington.

Tuesday, Nov 4, 2014 at 09:22 PM PST

What Will Prop 1 Water Bond Really Cost?

What Will Prop 1 Water Bond Really Cost?

California’s well-chronicled water crisis has just about everyone, from academics to administrators, brainstorming over a possible solution. How much will it cost you and what will the water bond actually...

Thursday, Oct 30, 2014 at 08:47 AM PDT

Does Ebola Affect Dogs and Humans in the Same Way?

Does Ebola Affect Dogs and Humans in the Same Way?

Can dogs be carriers of or get Ebola? If they can get infected with the virus, are they contagious to humans and/or other animals? And, should we treat dogs exposed to Ebola like humans and quarantine them? Sam...

Monday, Oct 27, 2014 at 05:44 AM PDT

Budget Cuts Delay Ebola Vaccine?

Budget Cuts Delay Ebola Vaccine?

The Ebola scare is quickly beomcing a political issue. At least one government official is claiming that if it weren't for Republican budget cuts, we'd likely have an Ebola vaccine by now.

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...

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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