Lies, Damned Lies & Statistics: The truth is out there (or the facts, anyway)

Ask FactCheck is a page on the Annenberg Public Policy Center's Political Fact Check site where a team of journalistic watchdogs responds to frequently asked and general interest questions from the public. Here are some recent queries:

Is it true that persons older than 59 can't get heart surgery in England? There's no such prohibition on heart operations in England, as a chain e-mail claims.

Is the ACLU suing to have cross-shaped headstones removed from military cemeteries? The ACLU has filed no such suit, and it hasn't sued to "end prayer from the military" either.

Was Obama rude to wounded veterans during a visit to the National Naval Medical Center? A chain e-mail that makes such a claim gets several facts wrong and is disputed by an official who was present at the meeting.

Is ACORN providing workers for the 2010 census? No. ACORN employees will not be taking the census. The group is one of more than 30,000 "partners" that will help publicize the event.

Go. Ask FactCheck.

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