Friday, October 31st, 2014

All stories featuring John McCain

Top 10 most fact-checked people on the Truth-O-Meter

Curious about who -- other than President Barack Obama -- has been fact-checked on the Truth-O-Meter most often? We were, too. So we created a list.

Claims about MLK often go astray

In the four-plus decades since his death, the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. has become, perhaps, the most quoted and misquoted figured in America. With today being King’s birthday, PolitiFact Georgia thought it would be timely to look at some claims concerning the Atlanta native and civil rights legend. Not surprisingly, many of these claims needed some context or were flat-out wrong. Here is a round-up on a few fact-checks involving King. 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 on @politifactga.

Syrian rebels include extremists, but how many?

Will U.S. aid in Syria's civil war benefit the nation's moderates, or factions of al-Qaida? Lawmakers' estimates aren't easy to confirm.  

Looking for the truth on attacks in Benghazi

With some information still classified, we look at some basic facts of Sept. 11, 2012, and this week’s congressional testimony.

Is Ted Cruz constitutionally eligible to be president?

Rising Republican star Ted Cruz, the junior senator from Texas, is being looked at as a potential presidential contender. But some question whether Cruz, who was born in Canada, could become the chief executive because of the Constitution’s requirement that the president be a "natural born citizen." PolitiFact Ohio dug in.

Is Ted Cruz eligible under the Constitution to become president?

Rising Republican star Ted Cruz, the junior senator from Texas, is being looked at as a potential presidential contender. But some question whether Cruz, who was born in Canada, could become the chief executive because of the Constitution’s requirement that the president be a "natural born citizen." We look at the legal issues.

The Senate takes up immigration

Senators begin marking up proposed immigration legislation. We cut through what's true and what's not in the debate.

The Senate takes up immigration

Senators begin marking up proposed immigration legislation. We cut through what's true and what's not in the debate.

David Dewhurst’s Phoenix kidnapping claim reborn

Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst of Texas may have been the first political leader to say Phoenix is a world kidnapping capital. Will NRA leader Wayne LaPierre be the last to loft this unsupported claim?  

Phoenix kidnapping falsehood rises from ashes

The unsubstantiated claim that Phoenix is one of the kidnapping capitals of the world is back -- this time from the NRA's Wayne LaPierre.

Truth-stretching about Arizona immigration law

We've checked many claims about SB 1070, the Arizona immigration law, and often found the claims were a stretch.

PolitiFact Texas turns two

PolitiFact Texas just turned 2 -- bounding into toddler-hood in part thanks to strong interest in fact checks of Rick Perry and Barack Obama.

Phoenix as kidnapping capital tops reader favorites

When Texas Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst referred to Phoenix in June as the world's No. 2 kidnapping capital, it got our attention. Our resulting review proved to be one of our readers' favorite truth tests, though statements by Rick Perry, John Cornyn and even Comedy Central's Stephen Colbert also intrigued readers. Click on for our inaugural Top 10.

Dewhurst statement could be PolitiFact Lie of the Year

Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst of Texas has landed a statement now in the running for 2010 Lie of the Year (though the same statement was, uh, kidnapped by others)...

GOP Ad Guru Fred Davis versus the Truth-O-Meter

Fred Davis is the man behind some of the most widely-viewed viral campaign videos over the past couple years. PolitiFact has weighed in on many of them.

Stakes high for AJC PolitiFact Georgia

The stakes were high for AJC PolitiFact Georgia last week. Two U.S. senators and a Clayton County official made claims on one of this state's hottest topics: jobs. The White House sparred with U.S. House Republican leader John Boehner over tax cuts that could have a major impact on the struggling economy. Republican governors tried to thwart the efforts of Democrat Roy Barnes to reclaim the governor's seat. And a candidate for agriculture commissioner bet about $1 billion in economic benefit would rain down if we let Georgians gamble on ponies. Here's a roundup of this week's rulings:  

Beheadings, kidnappings and other immigration distortions

We check some of the worst distortions in the immigration debate.

Snooki vs. Obama

In a promo for the new season of MTV's Jersey Shore, Nicole "Snooki" Polizzi says Obama has taxed her right out of the indoor tanning salons.

BP liked Obama, but oil stained Palin's hands too

Sarah Palin suggested on Fox News Sunday that there was something unusual and sinister about oil industry donations to President Obama's campaign. We looked into it.   

Did Hayworth challenge push McCain to flip on amnesty?

Arizona senatorial candidate J.D. Hayworth claims his challenge to Sen. John McCain in the Republican primary prompted McCain to change his position on amensty for illegal immigrants.