Wednesday, October 1st, 2014

Articles from March, 2011

Did Obama, Gingrich flip-flop on Libya?

We put President Barack Obama and one of his potential challengers in 2012, Newt Gingrich, to the Flip-O-Meter to gauge the consistency of their views on military action in Libya.

Truth-O-Meter cares about your health. And gas prices.

By Willoughby Mariano PolitiFact Georgia cares about your health. Our proof is this week’s Truth-O-Meter rulings, which covered a promise by Gov. Nathan Deal on health insurance, federal funding for reproductive health services and a statement conservative pundit Ann Coulter made on whether radiation can be good for you.    Thinking about sticking your head into the nearest X-ray machine?  Read our roundup first. And for variety’s sake, read our items about rising gas prices and whether the HOPE scholarship helped improve Georgia’s public universities, too. Want to comment on our findings? Just go to our Facebook page (www.facebook.com/politifact.georgia) and hit the "like" button to join in the discussion. You can also follow us on Twitter (http://twitter.com/politifactga). You can find the entire fact-checks at our PolitiFact Georgia online site.

From booze to schools, Truth-O-Meter does it all

From Sunday booze to overpriced oil, from streetcars to schools, PolitiFact Georgia’s Truth-O-Meter covered it all last week. Were you curious whether loosening restrictions on Sunday alcohol sales would lead to more drunken driving? Did Gov. Nathan Deal’s changes to the popular HOPE scholarship make Georgia stingy on education?  Is President Barack Obama doing enough to keep oil prices down? Is there anything the Truth-O-Meter can’t do? Want to comment on our findings? Just go to our Facebook page and hit the "like" button to join in the discussion. You can also follow us on Twitter.

Remembering David Broder and his passion for fact-checking

The legendary Washington Post political writer was an early promoter of fact-checking.

PolitiFact checks out toll roads, chickens

Last week, PolitiFact Georgia did its fair share of cluck-clucking. Claims about a proposed immigration measure, a reading of the U.S. Constitution by the backer of a "birther" bill and a take on federal law about the U.S. Supreme Court all ruffled the Truth-O-Meter’s feathers. We also updated the progress Gov. Nathan Deal made on his promise to end the Ga. 400 tolls and discerned whether a candidate for Gwinnett County chairman was a faux chicken farmer -- the accuser laid an egg on that one.   Have something to say about our rulings? Squawk away on our Facebook page or tweet our successes or failings on Twitter.

Polifact Georgia tickled by Elmo, truthiness

Move over, Elmo. After last week’s outbreak of truthiness, no one can be more tickled than PolitiFact Georgia. Partisans were on target about subjects as disparate as county budget cuts and "Sesame Street," which launched the career of the Muppet that inspired the Tickle Me Elmo doll. They even fared well on the contentious issues of illegal immigration and abortion. The sole exception was President Barack Obama on Social Security checks. Have something to say about our rulings? Speak your mind on our Facebook page or tweet our failings on Twitter.