Articles from December, 2014

Setting the record straight: When did the U.S. free Islamic State leader?

There's been confusion over whether American forces had the leader of the Islamic State group in a detention camp and released him in 2004, or as late as 2009. New interviews from an ISIS commander offer a clearer picture. Help PolitiFact fund a Kickstarter to live fact-check the 2015 State of the Union and GOP response.

PunditFact's top 6 fact-checks of 2014

Police shootings stats, immigration and a couple of real wild cards ranked high on your hit parade. We revisit the checks that had the most buzz.

Does the U.S. already have the biggest diplomatic presence in Cuba?

That's what a former Obama Cuba adviser claims.   Fact-checking President Barack Obama's CNN appearance

Fact-checking President Barack Obama's CNN appearance

We fact-checked two claims from President Barack Obama's interview on CNN Sunday.

PunditFact previews the Dec. 21 Sunday shows

PunditFact gives you the first look at the guests on the Sunday news shows. On Sunday, we see if what they said is true. You can read how they fared here or weekly in the Daily Beast.

Lots of fiction, few facts in discussion of torture report

PunditFact and our partners fact-check rhetoric from talking heads and politicians about a Senate committee's report on brutal CIA interrogation methods.

The Lie of the Year: Exaggerations about Ebola

The emergence of Ebola in the United States sparked a political and media frenzy, but many of the claims made were far from accurate. Collectively, they are PolitiFact's 2014 Lie of the Year.   Fact-checking Dick Cheney on the torture report

Fact-checking Dick Cheney on the torture report

Dick Cheney appeared on NBC's "Meet the Press" Sunday. See how he fared on the Truth-O-Meter.

PunditFact previews the Dec. 14 Sunday shows

PunditFact gives you the first look at the guests on the Sunday news shows. On Sunday, we see if what they said is true. You can read how they fared here or weekly in the Daily Beast.  

Vote now for the 2014 Lie of the Year

Have you voted yet for the 2014 Lie of the Year?

In light of UVA story, pundits ask: Are 1 in 5 college women sexually assaulted?

A liberal and conservative pundit debated a study that found 1 in 5 college women are sexually assaulted.   More from PunditFact Census, demographers on the rocks over proposal to end marriage questions

PunditFact previews the Dec. 7 Sunday shows

PunditFact gives you the first look at the guests on the Sunday news shows. On Sunday, we see if what they said is true. You can read how they fared here or weekly in the Daily Beast.   • Census, demographers on the rocks over proposal to end marriage questions

Census, demographers on the rocks over proposal to end marriage questions

Asked to discuss marriage on a swing through London in 2003, then-New York Sen. Hillary Clinton offered the following appraisal: "Every marriage is a mystery to me, even the one I'm in. So I'm no expert on it." Soon, all of us might know even a little less. Fox down, MSNBC up on our network Truth-O-Meter scorecards

Fox down, MSNBC up on our network Truth-O-Meter scorecards

Accuracy of claims we fact-checked on Fox News has dipped recently, while the opposite is true for MSNBC.