Saturday, December 20th, 2014

Articles from November, 2012

Help us choose PolitiFact's Lie of the Year

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PolitiFact's guide to Thanksgiving dinner

At Thanksgiving dinner, there's probably a good chance you'll end up sitting beside your uncle. You love your uncle, but you could do without all those chain e-mails that he forwards to you, the ones that claim the government is forcing you to get rid of your light bulbs, that "Obamacare" is going to put a tax on home sales and that President Barack Obama fits the biblical description of the Antichrist. (Note to uncles: We're not really singling you out. Chain e-mails get forwarded by aunts, grandparents and plenty of other relatives.) So PolitiFact has put together this handy guide to chain e-mails and other viral messages. Hide it under the green bean casserole and you can pull it out if your uncle brings up the chain e-mails.

The value of fact-checking in the 2012 campaign

Critics harrumph that fact-checking doesn't work because politicians keep lying. But politicians aren't our audience. Voters are. PolitiFact details the work done by fact-checkers and the responses from voters. As always, complete versions of fact-checks are available at the PolitiFact online sites. To comment on our Truth-O-Meter rulings go to our Facebook page: www.facebook.com/politifact.georgia?fref=ts. Readers can follow us on Twitter @PolitiFactGA.

Election and voter ID claims get examined

Today ends a long -- and often annoying -- season of political ads, robocalls from famous politicians and glossy fliers sitting in your mailbox from someone who wants your vote. PolitiFact Georgia decided to take a look back at a few claims about voting and elections that have been tested on the Truth-O-Meter this election cycle. Below are abbreviated versions of these fact checks. Look for the complete versions at the PolitiFact online sites. Want to comment on our Truth-O-Meter rulings? It's easy. Just go to our Facebook page: www.facebook.com/politifact.georgia?fref=ts. Readers can follow us on Twitter at PolitiFactGA.

Has President Obama kept his campaign promises?

Four years ago, Barack Obama made an extraordinary number of campaign promises -- 508 -- on everything from taxes to whaling. We've been tracking each one and have rated them on our Obameter, a five-level scale from Stalled to Promise Kept. With the 2012 campaign winding down, we thought it was a good time for a status report.

Obama and Romney on jobs

One of the hottest topics of this presidential campaign has been jobs -- how many have been created and lost, and who has the best plans for restoring them. Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney and President Barack Obama have honed in on this key area and made several attempts to outshine the opposition. Below are abbreviated versions of fact checks about the candidates’ statements during the campaign. Look for the complete fact checks at the PolitiFact online sites. Want to  comment on our Truth-O-Meter rulings? It’s easy. Just go to our Facebook page:  www.facebook.com/politifact.georgia?fref=ts. Readers can follow us on Twitter at: PolitiFactGA.

Obama and Romney square off over international relations

By Jim Tharpe PolitiFact Georgia   The 2012 campaign between President Barack Obama and Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney has produced some memorable statements on how both men view U.S. relations with other nations. Romney and Obama even had a debate devoted to international relations, even though they spent a good deal of that showdown talking about domestic issues. Below are abbreviated versions of some of our rulings about international relations from the campaign. Look for the complete fact checks at the PolitiFact online sites. Want to comment on our Truth-O-Meter rulings? It’s easy. Just go to our Facebook page:  www.facebook.com/politifact.georgia?fref=ts. Readers can follow us on Twitter at: PolitiFactGA.  

"Obamacare" gets examined on the Truth-O-Meter

The 2010 Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, often called Obamacare, has stirred plenty of emotions and truth-twisting by its supporters and critics. Below are some abbreviated versions of fact checks of statements about it by President Barack Obama and Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney during the campaign. Look for the complete fact checks at the PolitiFact online sites. Readers can comment on our Truth-O-Meter rulings at our Facebook page:  www.facebook.com/politifact.georgia?fref=ts.  And they can follow us on Twitter at: PolitiFactGA.

PolitiFact examines candidates claims on Medicare

The future of Medicare, the federal health care program for older and disabled Americans, has been a key issue in the race for the White House. The issue came into sharp focus after Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney named U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin as his running mate. In 2011, Ryan proposed a hotly debated plan to ensure Medicare remains solvent. President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden have consistently claimed the GOP approach would end Medicare guarantees for seniors. The Republicans have countered the Obama administration has cut Medicare spending through the controversial 2010 health care law. Below are some abbreviated versions of fact checks of statements by the candidates on the issue. Look for the complete fact checks at the PolitiFact online sites. Readers can comment on our Truth-O-Meter rulings at our Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/politifact.georgia?fref=ts. And they can follow us on Twitter at: PolitiFactGA.