Wednesday, October 22nd, 2014

Articles from August, 2010

Politicians had a rough time with the truth

The truth and politicos were strangers last week. The Truth-O-Meter ruled Half True and worse on statements about "dirty" campaign contributions, stimulus spending, the community center and mosque near ground zero, and sexual deviance. And our Flip-O-Meter, which detects whether politicians have shifted their opinions, found that a gubernatorial candidate inched away from his ideal of running a "civil and polite" campaign. Here's how the politicos fared:

PolitiFact Georgia has week of relative truthiness

PolitiFact Georgia had a week of relative truthiness. We tackled a potpourri of subjects in the past seven days. They included whether federal employees bring home more bacon than your average private-sector employee and a juicy article in Esquire magazine on Newt Gingrich that said his fundraising outshone even that of Republican superstar Sarah Palin.  Two were statements made on national networks: One on the Deepwater Horizon oil spill on NBC's "Today" and a second from NBC's "Meet the Press" on stimulus spending. The week's tally: one False, two Half Trues, two Mostly Trues and one True. Here's how the Truth-O-Meter ruled:

It's primary runoff time. Don't forget your Truth-O-Meter

Are you voting in Tuesday's runoff election? Don't forget your Truth-O-Meter. Runoffs can be ugly, and this political season is no exception. In the 19 days since the primary, PolitiFact Georgia has debunked enough attacks to fill an entire election season.  In the Republican gubernatorial runoff alone, we've covered attacks on abortion, negative campaigning, and one candidate's voting record from 17 years ago. Even Trig, former vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin's toddler son, became a point of contention in that race. We've written items on four elections for statewide office in the past two months: the Republican race for governor, the Democratic race for secretary of state, the Republican race for attorney general, and the Republican race for commissioner of insurance. Here's how they fared against the Truth-O-Meter.