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Top 10 most fact-checked people on the Truth-O-Meter

Curious about who -- other than President Barack Obama -- has been fact-checked on the Truth-O-Meter most often? We were, too. So we created a list.

By Angie Drobnic Holan :: Published on Wednesday, January 29th, 2014 at 9:00 a.m.

On eve of the State of the Union address, a look at income inequality

Income inequality is an issue that PolitiFact has analyzed frequently since we started fact-checking political claims in 2007. So as President Barack Obama prepares to focus on income inequality in the State of the Union address, we thought it was a good time to review some of these claims, from both sides.

By Louis Jacobson :: Published on Tuesday, January 28th, 2014 at 9:00 a.m.

The 500 fact-checks of President Barack Obama

It was 2007 when a young senator from Illinois arrived on the national scene and launched a campaign for president. By coincidence, that’s the same year PolitiFact launched. We’ve been fact-checking the man who became President Barack Obama ever since. Recently we published our 500th fact-check on Obama.

By Angie Drobnic Holan :: Published on Monday, January 27th, 2014 at 9:00 a.m.

Claims about MLK often go astray

In the four-plus decades since his death, the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. has become, perhaps, the most quoted and misquoted figured in America. With today being King’s birthday, PolitiFact Georgia thought it would be timely to look at some claims concerning the Atlanta native and civil rights legend. Not surprisingly, many of these claims needed some context or were flat-out wrong. Here is a round-up on a few fact-checks involving King. Want to to comment on our rulings or suggest one of your own? Just go to our Facebook page (www.facebook.com/politifact.georgia). You can also follow us on Twitter on @politifactga.

By Eric Stirgus :: Published on Wednesday, January 15th, 2014 at 12:00 a.m.

Obamacare claims rarely get clean bill of health

If you wanted to ignite an argument in Georgia, and the rest of the nation, in 2013, you just had to say one word: Obamacare. The Affordable Care Act -- its official name -- became a lightning rod of controversy and a springboard for political pontificating. President Barack Obama’s assurance that if you like your health care plan you can keep it was named PolitiFact’s "Lie of the Year" by PolitiFact editors. PolitiFact readers also selected it as their "Lie of the Year" with 59 percent of the vote. It was a landslide. The next highest vote total went to Republican U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas for his contention that Congress is exempt from the health care law. But that only got 8 percent of the vote. Summaries of a few of our favorite Obamacare fact checks from 2013 can be found below. To comment on our rulings or suggest one of your own, go to our Facebook page  (www.facebook.com/politifact.georgia). You can also follow us on Twitter through our Twitter handle @politifactga. Full versions, including full coverage of the Lie of the Year, can be found at  www.politifact.com/georgia/.

By Jim Tharpe :: Published on Friday, December 27th, 2013 at 6:00 a.m.

Our scorecard of stadium fact-checks

The Atlanta Braves and Falcons were big news off the playing field in 2013. Both teams were victorious in their quests to win local approval to build new, high-priced sports facilities, but there was vigorous public debate and countless claims to sway metro Atlantans for or against the plans. PolitiFact Georgia tried to play referee throughout the year to determine the accuracy of some of these claims. Most of the statements had some truth in them, but there was typically some missing context. Below are some of our fact checks and findings. To comment on our rulings or suggest one of your own, go to our Facebook page  (www.facebook.com/politifact.georgia). You can also follow us on Twitter through our Twitter handle @politifactga. Full versions, including full coverage of the Lie of the Year, can be found at  www.politifact.com/georgia/.

By Eric Stirgus :: Published on Thursday, December 26th, 2013 at 6:00 a.m.

Who knew? A round up of fact-checks that proved true

PolitiFact attempts to parse political truth from political fiction. We find plenty of fiction. But it’s important to remember that PolitiFact Georgia also discovers that politicians and power brokers sometimes hit the nail squarely on the head. PolitiFact Georgia published more than 240 fact checks in 2013,and 37 of those rated True on the AJC Truth-O-Meter. That compared with 26 that were rated False and 17 that earned our lowest designation, Pants On Fire. The remainder fell in the Mostly True, Half True and Mostly False categories. Today we look at our favorite fact checks of 2013 where the politicians got it right. To comment on our rulings or suggest one of your own, go to our Facebook page  (www.facebook.com/politifact.georgia). Full versions of the fact checks can be found at: www.politifact.com/georgia/. You can also find us on Twitter (http://twitter.com/politifactga) or @politifactga.

By Jim Tharpe :: Published on Wednesday, December 25th, 2013 at 6:00 a.m.

Oops! My statement was wrong.

Oops. My bad. I was wrong. Mea culpa. Over the course of 2013, PolitiFact Georgia has unearthed information that directly contradicts a claim we’ve attempted to fact-check. In some instances, the speaker has admitted the error of the original claim. PolitiFact Georgia decided to revisit some of our best fact checks in which someone, or an organization, corrected a statement when pressed by PolitiFact Georgia. Summaries of a few of our favorites of the year can be found below. To comment on our rulings or suggest one of your own, go to our Facebook page  (www.facebook.com/politifact.georgia). You can also follow us on Twitter through our Twitter handle @politifactga. Full versions, including full coverage of the Lie of the Year, can be found at:  www.politifact.com/georgia/.

By Eric Stirgus :: Published on Tuesday, December 24th, 2013 at 6:00 a.m.

A roundup of false comments that still burn

There’s not much worse  for the political class than a trip to the fiery regions courtesy of PolitiFact Georgia and the AJC Truth-O-Meter. This year PolitiFact Georgia published more than 240 fact checks. Of those, 17 had the distinction of being awarded a Pants On Fire rating. Not only were these statements judged to be untrue, but they were found to be ridiculously so. Here are summaries of a few of our favorite incendiary ratings of the year. Today’s roundup kicks off a weeklong review of some of the best of PolitiFact Georgia from 2013. To comment on our rulings or suggest one of your own, go to our Facebook page  (www.facebook.com/politifact.georgia). Full versions of the fact checks can be found at www.politifact.com/georgia/. You can also find us on Twitter (http://twitter.com/politifactga).

By Jim Tharpe :: Published on Monday, December 23rd, 2013 at 10:31 a.m.

PolitiFact names its 2013 Lie of the Year

PolitiFact National has chosen the most significant falsehood of the year: President Barack Obama's repeated statement, "If you like your health care plan, you can keep it."

By Angie Drobnic Holan :: Published on Thursday, December 12th, 2013 at 6:42 p.m.

When Internet satire gets passed off as "truth"

Like the old game of telephone, satire is being transformed into "truth" by social media and the Internet.

By Louis Jacobson :: Published on Wednesday, November 13th, 2013 at 3:07 p.m.

‘If you like your health insurance, you can keep it’

Obama’s old comments come back to haunt him as the health care law enters a critical point of implementation. We review our key fact-checks on the issue.

By Jon Greenberg, Angie Drobnic Holan, Louis Jacobson, Amy Sherman :: Published on Wednesday, October 30th, 2013 at 10:42 a.m.

Fact-checking attacks on Common Core school standards

PolitiFact affiliates, including those in Florida and Georgia, have looked at claims about Common Core, school standards that are being adopted by more than 40 states. Some of the attacks received a failing grade.

By Cara Fitzpatrick, Amy Sherman, Jeffrey S. Solochek :: Published on Monday, October 21st, 2013 at 5:18 p.m.

Ten questions about the debt ceiling

Confused about what the debt ceiling is? As the government hurtles toward a possible default, here is an FAQ by PolitiFact's national staff about the debt ceiling and why it's important to every American.

By Louis Jacobson :: Published on Sunday, October 13th, 2013 at 6:15 a.m.

PolitiFact to launch PunditFact, checking pundits and media figures

PunditFact will be dedicated to fact-checking claims by pundits, columnists, bloggers and the hosts and guests of talk shows.

By Amy Hollyfield :: Published on Thursday, October 10th, 2013 at 4:57 p.m.

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