Break out the bubbly. Despite the best efforts of politicians, PolitiFact Georgia has made it to its first birthday.
The Truth-O-Meter had a colorful inaugural year. We covered 2010 midterm election high jinks, the struggling economy, the Georgia immigration debate and even a claim about zombies at the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention. Political luminaries such as former Gov. Roy Barnes registered their discontent publicly.
You were kind enough to read our work- - especially on zombies and presidential candidate Herman Cain, according to our top five list of fact checks by Web page views:
1. The Walking Dead: In the case of a catastrophic event, the Atlanta-area offices of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will self-destruct. Dec. 5, 2010
2. NFL Players Association: A National Football League lockout would cost Atlanta $160 million in lost jobs and revenue. Nov. 22, 2010
3. U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano: "Very, very, very few people get a pat-down" when they go through airport security, May 7, 2011
4. Herman Cain: In the U.S. Constitution, "there’s a little section in there that talks about life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness." May 21, 2011
5. Herman Cain: Said Planned Parenthood’s early objective was to "help kill black babies before they came into the world." March 15, 2011
And now, to celebrate, here’s a sampling of a few of our more memorable fact-checks.
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The new year approaches, and your AJC PolitiFact Georgia team is growing misty-eyed.
Although we launched only six months ago, we already have cherished memories of pants we've burned, or slightly singed.
As the AJC Truth-O-Meter winds down for the year, we thought we would share a few of those moments when we smelled flames.
Here, in chronological order, are the summaries of some of our favorite untruths and misrepresentations of 2010:
Election Day is tomorrow. Don't panic. Your Truth-O-Meter is here to help.
It's been working hard all election season, which means that AJC PolitiFact Georgia can now present to you a roundup of some of our rulings on the governor's race.
Our findings aren't pretty. Experts told us the rivalry between Democrat Roy Barnes, a former governor, and Republican Nathan Deal, a former U.S. congressman, will go down as one of the ugliest in recent history.
The state's biggest congressional race, which is in a district that snakes through the center of the state, also took a stroll through the mud. And the Atlanta area's toughest General Assembly race is in flames.
Brace yourselves. And don't forget your Truth-O-Meter.
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We're in the election's final stretch, and politicians have dynamite in their hands.
As our sister site PolitiFact National noted in an analysis of this election season's claims, "campaigns often begin with a kernel of truth. But then they stretch it, twist it and blow it up."
In Georgia, politicians went nuclear with claims on jobs, legislation on child abuse and ethics violations.
This week's wreckage could have been far worse. We ruled Mostly True on a claim by Democratic candidate for governor Roy Barnes.
But our overall analysis of the gubernatorial campaign shows that if we had a Nastymeter, it would have spun like the Wheelie ride at Six Flags Over Georgia.
Don't try this on an empty stomach, ladies and gentlemen.
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