Politicians of all parties have been bending the truth since the beginning of the republic. The two previous presidential administrations are perhaps best known for lies or untruths -- see Lewinsky, Monica, and weapons of mass destruction. And even in this, another presidential election year, rare is the day when a candidate does not utter or repeat a claim that will be debunked by an independent truth squad. Why do they do it? Those who study politics and communications say the consequences appear to be minimal.
By Henry J. Gomez :: Published on Monday, March 26th, 2012 at 12:30 p.m.
Obama earned a Compromise for his campaign promise to include environmental and labor protections in trade agreements.
By Angie Drobnic Holan :: Published on Thursday, October 13th, 2011 at 12:10 p.m.
The quirkyness of a statement from Rep. Marcy Kaptur caught the eye of the editors at PolitiFact Ohio. They chose one of her comments to the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio as the No. 1 PolitiFact Ohio item for 2010. Her claim: Electric utility FirstEnergy's annual revenues are greater "than the GDP of Haiti, Kyrgyzstan, Iceland, or 15 African nations."
By Robert Higgs :: Published on Friday, December 31st, 2010 at 06:00 a.m.
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