Reality Check

Reality Check

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

Tuesday, Jul 22, 2014 at 08:20 PM PDT

SF Soda Tax Placed on November Ballot

SF Soda Tax Placed on November Ballot

Less than two years ago, Richmond voters slapped city lawmakers with a dose of reality, shooting down a proposed ‘soda tax’ measure that would have been the first of its kind in the country.

Friday, Jul 18, 2014 at 09:05 PM PDT

Reality Check: Uber Prices

Reality Check: Uber Prices

Ride-sharing service Uber recently announced it would slash prices by as much as 25 percent.

Tuesday, Jul 15, 2014 at 08:05 PM PDT

With Rash of Lightning Deaths - Are They On the Rise?

With Rash of Lightning Deaths - Are They On the Rise?

Lightning strikes have generated a lot of media attention recently. In just the last week, the storm activity has jumped to fever pitch.

Tuesday, Jul 8, 2014 at 03:56 AM PDT

Reality Check: What Led to Immigration Crisis?

Reality Check: What Led to Immigration Crisis?

President Obama and the Department of Homeland Security will ask Congress for $2 billion to help immediately stem a child migrant tidal wave that’s threatening to spiral out of control.

Thursday, Jul 3, 2014 at 08:55 PM PDT

Reality Check: An App That Makes You Money Using Your Smartphone

Reality Check: An App That Makes You Money Using Your Smartphone

Why are we busy inspecting furniture at a local retailer and taking pictures of Campbell soup cans? In the name of research, of course. Tech experts say you can make real, cold hard cash with your smart phone....

Tuesday, Jul 1, 2014 at 08:42 AM PDT

Facebook's Controversial Emotions Study Was Legal

Facebook's Controversial Emotions Study Was Legal

A firestorm erupted across the web over the weekend when news hit that Facebook had secretly conducted a psychological study where it intentionally altered users' News Feeds in order to assess the impact...

Wednesday, Jun 25, 2014 at 09:26 AM PDT

Will CA Concussion Law Hurt Recruiting?

Will CA Concussion Law Hurt Recruiting?

California is moving ahead with legislation intended to curb the number of concussions suffered by its high school football players.

Thursday, Jun 12, 2014 at 10:51 PM PDT

Reverse Mortgages Too Good to be True?

Reverse Mortgages Too Good to be True?

In this edition of Reality Check, Sam Brock looks at the claim that you can take out a reverse mortgage and still keep your house.

Wednesday, Jun 11, 2014 at 11:35 PM PDT

Reality Check: Tech Shuttle Claims

Reality Check: Tech Shuttle Claims

In this edition of Reality Check, Sam Brock examines the claim tech companies are promoting environmental benefits with shuttle services for its employees.

Thursday, Jun 5, 2014 at 09:33 AM PDT

California Primary Turnout: Worst Ever

California Primary Turnout: Worst Ever

NBC Bay Area talked with the Secretary of State’s office who said that preliminary numbers showed a little over 18 percent of registered voters actually participated in Tuesday's primary.

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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