Over the last 12 months, PolitiFact Rhode Island issued 117 Truth-O-Meter rulings, on claims ranging from Obamacare to school prayer to foreign aid. All had some Rhode Island connection, but many of the most-read items -- based on traffic on our PolitiFact Rhode Island website -- focused on issues far beyond the state’s borders. Thanks to the reach of the Internet, many have remained popular long after publication, in part because PolitiFact, with affiliates in 11 states, has become a go-to reference for people seeking to separate fact from fiction. So as a farewell to the year, we thought we’d share with you the PolitiFact Rhode Island Top Ten Most Widely Read rulings for 2012:
By Tim Murphy :: Published on Sunday, December 30th, 2012 at 12:01 a.m.
The former Arkansas governor says it's a "statistical reality that most single moms are very poor, under-educated, can't get a job, and if it weren't for government assistance, their kids would be starving to death." We check the facts.
By Louis Jacobson :: Published on Friday, March 11th, 2011 at 10:32 a.m.
In the final hours before election day, we provide some inside tips on how to find what you want on PolitiFact.
By Bill Adair :: Published on Wednesday, October 22nd, 2008 at 06:34 p.m.
Attacks by conservatives became so sharp last week that Sen. John McCain asked for a cease-fire. Here's a look at why they're unhappy and what PolitiFact has said about their complaints.
Clinton has the endorsement of Jack Nicholson. McCain has Sylvester Stallone. Ron Paul is backed by a late-night radio personality named Waldo. We examine the endorsements of each candidate.
We check the facts from the Republican debate and again find John McCain is incorrect when he says Mitt Romney supported a timetable to withdraw from Iraq.
By Bill Adair :: Published on Thursday, January 31st, 2008 at 05:19 p.m.
We check out the latest on President Bush's economic stimulus package and where the candidates stand on economic issues.
By Angie Drobnic Holan :: Published on Wednesday, January 30th, 2008 at 06:43 p.m.
We find some exaggerations and mistakes at the Republican debate in Boca Raton.
By Bill Adair :: Published on Thursday, January 24th, 2008 at 12:46 a.m.
Mike Huckabee says a national Fair Tax will be like a "magic wand." We say magic wands don't exist.
By Angie Drobnic Holan :: Published on Wednesday, January 23rd, 2008 at 07:42 p.m.
In a TV ad aimed at voters in Florida, Rudy Giuliani makes claims about cutting taxes, welfare reform and a national insurance fund. We find he's mostly right on two, but wrong on the other.
A breakdown of the immigration issue, including candidate-by-candidate positions.
By Adriel Bettelheim :: Published on Tuesday, January 15th, 2008 at 06:11 p.m.
We find some truth, some exaggerations and a Pants-on-Fire falsehood at the dual debates in New Hampshire.
By Bill Adair :: Published on Sunday, January 6th, 2008 at 06:56 p.m.
The campaign has its first attack dog - and he's right! Check out our fact-check of Spike's attack in the lower left of this page.
By Bill Adair :: Published on Friday, January 4th, 2008 at 05:26 p.m.
No one doubts Mike Huckabee's sincerity as a social conservative, but his sympathy tax hikes and government programs haunts him.
By Neil Skene :: Published on Wednesday, January 2nd, 2008 at 05:59 p.m.
The two former governors have been criticizing each other about pardons. We find their claims are accurate and reveal starkly different approaches on clemency.
By Bill Adair :: Published on Friday, December 28th, 2007 at 03:15 p.m.
The former Arkansas governor says he had the "most impressive" education record among the GOP pack. But open-ended superlatives are tough to prove, especially when you've got critics.
By Jeffrey S. Solochek :: Published on Thursday, December 27th, 2007 at 06:22 p.m.
They want to be commander in chief, but most of the presidential candidates have not served in the military. Our survey of their resumes finds that five of the 15 candidates have military experience.
By Angie Drobnic Holan :: Published on Friday, December 21st, 2007 at 10:46 a.m.
Presidential candidates often make historical references to emphasize points or justify positions. A lot of the time, though, they get their facts wrong -- to the dismay of historians.
By John Frank :: Published on Tuesday, December 18th, 2007 at 05:28 p.m.
Romney's hard charge on immigration glosses over details of a complex issue.
By Angie Drobnic Holan :: Published on Wednesday, December 5th, 2007 at 11:25 a.m.
We surveyed the 16 candidates to find out which ones have visited Iraq since the start of the war in March 2003. As of December 2007, nine have. Here are our findings along with a brief synopsis of each candidate's position on the war, taken from their Web sites.
By Amy Hollyfield :: Published on Monday, December 3rd, 2007 at 05:24 p.m.
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