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Articles from July, 2011

Truth-O-Meter gets tuneup

The Truth-O-Meter endures. But we occasionally give it a tuneup. Due to overwhelming response from our readers, we’re making a slight tweak to our ratings. We are changing our Barely True to Mostly False. Many readers complained the Barely True rating put too much emphasis on "true" when the rating actually describes something without much truth. The definition will remain the same -- "The statement contains an element of truth but ignores critical facts that would give a different impression." Sadly, last week, politicians did not give us the chance to shift the Truth-O-Meter to Mostly False mode. They earned two False ratings one Pants on Fire, and a single True. There’s always next week. To comment on our findings, hit the "like" button on our Facebook page. You can also follow us on Twitter.  

By Willoughby Mariano :: Published on Sunday, July 31st, 2011 at 6:00 a.m.

A change in the meter: Barely True is now Mostly False

After an overwhelming response from readers, we're changing the Truth-O-Meter. Barely True will now be called Mostly False.

By Bill Adair :: Published on Wednesday, July 27th, 2011 at 8:00 a.m.

Good week for truthiness at PolitiFact Georgia

Politicians kept the truth close at hand at PolitiFact Georgia last week. Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp earned a True on a claim about election law violations. So did Johns Creek Mayor Mike Bodker, who talked about the region’s transportation needs. A criminal justice expert earned a Mostly True when he questioned the effectiveness of Atlanta’s curfew law. State Sen. Jack Murphy strayed the furthest from the truth with a statement on immigration. Half True, we ruled. All in all, not a bad week for Truthiness. To comment on our findings, hit the "like" button on our Facebook page.You can also follow us on Twitter.

By Willoughby Mariano :: Published on Sunday, July 24th, 2011 at 6:00 a.m.

Barely True, Mostly False: Our readers speak out

When we asked for reader opinion about whether to change our Barely True rating to Mostly False, the floodgates opened. And the comments went heavily in one direction.

By Louis Jacobson :: Published on Tuesday, July 19th, 2011 at 10:42 a.m.

Truth-O-Meter gets education on education

A state investigation that confirmed reports of widespread cheating at Atlanta Public Schools sent politicians into full spin mode. Last week, PolitiFact Georgia found some of those pols were well worth a fact check -- or two. The Truth-O-Meter first put former Atlanta Mayor Shirley Franklin to the test. She said ex- Superintendent Beverly Hall, who was implicated in the scandal, left APS better than she found it. Franklin earned another check when she said that only a small percentage of district educators were involved in cheating.    Midweek, PolitiFact Georgia took a break from education matters to see whether Gov. Nathan Deal fulfilled a promise on zero-based budgeting. Then we aimed the Truth-O-Meter at state Rep. Ralph Long, who laid some of the blame for APS cheating at the feet of Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed. How did politicians fare? Read shortened versions of these fact checks below. To comment on our findings, hit the "like" button on our Facebook page. You can also follow us on Twitter.

By Willoughby Mariano :: Published on Sunday, July 17th, 2011 at 6:00 a.m.

Apple honors PolitiFact app

Apple is highlighting the PolitiFact app on the iTunes home page, calling it "New and Noteworthy." We rate that statement True.

By Bill Adair :: Published on Friday, July 15th, 2011 at 2:32 p.m.

Meters tackle history, landfill waste

Trust your Truth-O-Meter and Deal-O-Meter to master topics as different as fiscal responsibility, President Ronald Reagan and landfill waste. Last week, the Truth-O-Meter examined an attack that blamed two Democratic congressmen from Georgia for the nation’s fiscal problems.   It also performed a second check of former U.S. House Speaker Newt Gingrich’s knowledge of Reagan history. The Republican presidential candidate keeps name-dropping the conservative hero. Now, he’s comparing himself to him. To top it off, the Deal-O-Meter rated a promise by Gov. Nathan Deal that he will reduce landfill waste.   Watch out. PolitiFact Georgia’s a quick study. To comment on our findings, hit the "like" button on our Facebook page. You can also follow us on Twitter.

By Willoughby Mariano :: Published on Sunday, July 10th, 2011 at 6:00 a.m.

Tireless Truth-O-Meter travels time

PolitiFact Georgia sent the Truth-O-Meter on assignment last week. Its destination: the past. It traveled to the civil rights era to assess whether Birmingham was truly the "cradle of the civil rights movement." It visited President Ronald Reagan’s successful 1980 campaign to check a claim by former U.S. House Speaker Newt Gingrich, and stopped during Reconstruction’s early days to look at similarities between current Georgia immigration laws and the infamous Black Codes. Then our gizmo, ever tireless, roved the fields of current-day South Georgia to check out a pilot program that uses probationers to ease a labor shortage. Abbreviated versions of those fact-checks can be found below. Want to comment on our findings? Just hit the "like" button on our Facebook page. You can also follow us on Twitter.

By Willoughby Mariano :: Published on Sunday, July 3rd, 2011 at 6:00 a.m.

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