Sunday, December 21st, 2014

Jim Tharpe

PolitiFact Georgia Editor

Jim Tharpe, Georgia PolitiFact Editor,  has worked as a reporter and editor for newspapers in Florida, South Carolina, Alabama and Georgia. For 11 years at The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, he has written about everything from state politics to whale sharks. A graduate of the University of Florida, Tharpe was a 1989 Nieman Fellow at Harvard University.

Email: jtharpe@ajc.com

The latest Truth-O-Meter items from Jim Tharpe

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Oil lacks enough THC to provide a high

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State also in top 10 for overall homicide rate

Recent stories from Jim Tharpe

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.

Giving thanks for what's True

As we all sit down to Thanksgiving dinner and express appreciation for all we've have received this year, PolitiFact.Georgia says a special blessing for those times when the Truth-O-Meter spun True.  

A closer look at the Keystone pipeline

The controversial Keystone XL pipeline is scheduled for a vote in the U.S. Senate on Tuesday evening. Given the focus, and potential to drag on into the new year, PolitiFact Georgia took a closer look at some of the claims surrounding the project.

Deal and Perdue's goals for veterans

In honor of Veterans Day, we take note of the newly elected leaders' policy plans for former service members.  

A post-mortem on Georgia's midterm elections

Tuesday's midterm elections will have repercussions for months and years to come. PolitiFact Georgia takes a moment to look back at key issues in the two big races, for governor and U.S. Senate.

Time to vote, Georgia

It's Election Day in the Peach State. Before you head to the polls to cast your vote in some of the most closely battled and closely watched races in years, get a quick PolitiFact Georgia primer.

Fact-checking the flashpoints in the U.S. Senate race

Republican David Perdue's business record and Democrat Michelle's Nunn's ties to President Obama have become the most talked about claims in Georgia's effectively tied U.S. Senate race. We look at the facts behind the talking points.  

Debunking 10 scary claims for Halloween

A look at 10 recent political claims that sound pretty scary -- until you check the facts. 

Georgia's economy and the race for governor

Georgia's economy and how it spends or doesn't spend tax dollars have become hot rhetoric in the neck-and-neck governor’s race between incumbent Republican Nathan Deal and Democratic challenger Jason Carter.