Articles from December, 2014

Our favorites that popped up in your newsfeed in 2014

It's not always a statement by a politician that spins the Truth-O-Meter into action. There are plenty of claims going viral via social media that drew the attention and scrutiny of PolitiFact Georgia in 2014. Below are some of our favorite memes of the year.  

How the claims stacked up in 2014

The scribes at PolitiFact Georgia are finishing up another year of fact checks. Here's a look at the year, by the numbers.

Truth be told, some newsmakers got it right

The fact-checking scribes at PolitiFact Georgia are often viewed as heartless Grinches, callously outing falsehoods by politicians and other powerbrokers. Truth be told -- and that’s our mission -- the folks we fact-check often turn out to be correct. So in the spirit of the season, as 2014 winds down, we look back at some of our favorite True ratings for the year. 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 (http://twitter.com/politifactga). Abbreviated versions of our fact checks are below. Full versions can be found at www.politifact.com/georgia/.  

A sampling of Mostly True statements in 2014

There are times when a little additional context or clarification can add to the accuracy of a statement. PolitiFact calls those claims Mostly True. Below is a sampling of some of 2014's top Mostly True statements from Georgia politicians.

A look at the claims that scorched in 2014

It's roundup time at PolitiFact Georgia. We're kicking off our yearly review with a look at the claims in 2014 that, ahem, earned the distinction of Pants on Fire.

PolitiFact names its 2014 Lie of the Year

It is not an exaggeration to say more Americans have died from the flu this year than from Ebola. Yet misleading and ridiculous exaggerations about a virus that killed just two people in the United States last year stoked fear and confusion about the deadly disease. They said Ebola was easy to catch, that illegal immigrants may be carrying the virus across the southern border, that it was all part of a government or corporate conspiracy. They were wrong. That's why PolitiFact's 2014 Lie of the Year is a collection of myths and distortions about Ebola. For a closer look, read the full story here.      

Help us determine the Lie of The Year

It's a different kind of election season: time to cast your ballot in the Readers' Poll among the 10 finalists for Lie of the Year from PolitiFact and PunditFact.