We look at claims that the government still funds goofy projects like fantasy football and research on duck penises. But not all of these claims are accurate.
By Molly Moorhead :: Published on Friday, March 22nd, 2013 at 05:43 p.m.
Many readers agreed with our Pants on Fire rating to Majority Leader Eric Cantor's claim that the U.S. "spent $1.2 million paying seniors to play World of Warcraft to study the impact it had on their brain." But some felt we were too tough on him, saying Cantor simply cited the wrong fantasy game and that the $1.2 million federal grant was still funding research involving seniors playing a video game.
By Sean Gorman :: Published on Wednesday, February 27th, 2013 at 01:54 p.m.
In our final report card on the GOP Pledge-O-Meter, we look at how House Republicans fared on the promises they made to voters in 2010.
By Molly Moorhead :: Published on Thursday, January 10th, 2013 at 11:37 a.m.
Several readers asked how it is possible that small businesses consistently create 70 percent of the nation's private sector jobs but employ only half of the workers. Here's our answer.
By Warren Fiske :: Published on Wednesday, January 18th, 2012 at 11:36 a.m.
Congress hasn't yet taken up President Barack Obama's jobs bill, but that hasn't stopped supporters and critics from making claims about what the bill would do. We check three of the claims.
By Louis Jacobson :: Published on Friday, September 16th, 2011 at 10:46 a.m.
We received more than 120 comments about our False rating on Cantor's recent claim that a Democratic plan to lift the debt ceiling would give the president a "blank check." Most of the comments took issue with Cantor, but a few were directed angrily at us. We thought we’d share a sampling of the response.
By Warren Fiske :: Published on Tuesday, August 2nd, 2011 at 02:33 p.m.
The debt ceiling debate appears to be slouching toward a conclusion -- at least for now. We look back at some of the fact-checks that PolitiFact and its state affiliates have done on the issue.
By Louis Jacobson :: Published on Monday, August 1st, 2011 at 05:40 p.m.
PolitiFact has been watching the debt-limit debate closely. As the deadline nears and the partisan impasse over tax increases and spending cuts remains, we thought we’d review a few major claims that have been weighed on the Truth-O-Meter.
By Warren Fiske :: Published on Tuesday, July 19th, 2011 at 01:06 p.m.
Politicians like to repeat juicy lines made by party leaders or campaign committees. But as a claim works its way through Congress, the truth doesn't always travel so well.
By Jacob Geiger :: Published on Tuesday, June 28th, 2011 at 12:00 p.m.
Four Republican hopefuls vying to succeed U.S. Sen. Kay Bailey made claims during a Wednesday forum that we’d checked before.
By :: Published on Friday, June 10th, 2011 at 10:25 a.m.
We cited a widely-referenced investigation by USA Today. It showed average total compensation for federal employees was $123,049 -- $81,258 in salary and $41,791 in benefits. Average total compensation for private workers was $61,051 -- $50,462 in pay and $10,589 in benefits.
By Warren Fiske :: Published on Tuesday, June 7th, 2011 at 01:38 p.m.
With the entry of former pizza CEO and talk show host Herman Cain into the 2012 presidential race, our fair state now boasts two presidential prospects. This means PolitiFact Georgia has the pleasure of checking both of them. Newt Gingrich, whose campaign offices are in Buckhead, earned a True on health care. Cain scored a Mostly True on his claim about food stamp use and False on a gaffe about the U.S. Constitution. Not to ignore national politics, we gave U.S. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi a Pants on Fire for a chart she posted about the national debt. Her Republican counterpart, U.S. House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, earned a Mostly True for a statement he made on U.S. coal to the Atlanta Press Club. Run, Georgia, run! Want to comment on our findings? Hit the "like" button on our Facebook page to join the discussion. You can also follow us on Twitter.
By Willoughby Mariano :: Published on Sunday, May 29th, 2011 at 06:00 a.m.
"Not often am I ashamed to live in Virginia," the email said. "Between you, Gov. McDonnell and Eric Cantor, I am ready to move out."
By Warren Fiske :: Published on Tuesday, May 10th, 2011 at 03:41 p.m.
"Enough of the Truth-o-Meter!!!" one reader emailed. "We get it already. If it's a bad thing said by or about a Republican, then it's the truth. If it's a bad thing said about a Democrat then it's a lie. We get it already." Conversely, a liberal blog accused us of going easy on Republicans,
By Warren Fiske :: Published on Tuesday, April 19th, 2011 at 02:08 p.m.
Rules changes instituted by Republicans when they took control of Congress in January were one thing. How have they played out?
While our primary goal is to hold political figures in this state accountable for the factual statements they make, our secondary mission is to inform our readers about important issues. We know everyone won’t agree with all of our rulings, but we think reading our stories will better prepare you to discuss and make decisions about those issues.
By Daniel Finnegan :: Published on Tuesday, January 25th, 2011 at 02:54 p.m.
The Truth-O-Meter is based on the concept that truth in politics often is not black and white, but shades of gray. We have three different shades of gray: Mostly True, Half True, and Barely True.
By Warren Fiske :: Published on Tuesday, January 18th, 2011 at 01:25 p.m.
The parties are jockeying about whether the Republicans have broken their promise to cut $100 billion "in the first year." We check the facts and explain the principles for our future Pledge-O-Meter ruling.
By Robert Farley :: Published on Tuesday, January 11th, 2011 at 10:56 a.m.
Republicans adopt rules for the House, addressing several of their promises. We crank up our new GOP Pledge-O-Meter.
We've compiled a database of the Republican leaders' campaign promises and will be tracking and rating them with our new GOP Pledge-O-Meter. It will use the same rating system as our award-winning Obameter.
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