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    Myths

    LIE: Robert Bork was "smeared" when he was nominated for the Supreme Court

    TRUTH: Robert Bork’s Supreme Court nomination faced bipartisan opposition

    LIE: Warrantless surveillance of Americans is legal under the 1978 Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act

    TRUTH: FISA requires a warrant for wiretaps on Americans

    LIE: Hillary Clinton was behind the smear that Barack Obama was educated in a madrassa

    TRUTH: The smear that Obama attended a madrassa originated on an obscure right-wing website

    LIE: Barack Obama won't use the word "terrorist" or "terrorism"

    TRUTH: Obama moved away from saying “global war on terror,” but still uses terms like “terrorism”

    LIE: Paul Wellstone’s children said at his memorial service that the “most important thing” was the election for his seat

    TRUTH: Paul Wellstone's children expressed concern for his legacy at his memorial service

    LIE: Environmentalists pushed drilling farther offshore, leading to the 2010 BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico

    TRUTH: Oil companies drill far offshore because that’s where the oil is

    LIE: Repealing Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell has undermined morale and unit cohesion

    TRUTH: A study found morale and unit cohesion were not harmed in the first year after Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell was repealed