Adair

Bill Adair

PolitiFact Contributing Editor

Bill Adair is the creator of PolitiFact and a professor at the Sanford School for Public Policy at Duke University. He also serves as a contributing editor for PolitiFact. He worked in Washington from 1997 to 2013 where he covered Congress, the White House, the Supreme Court, national politics and aviation safety. Adair is the author of "The Mystery of Flight 427: Inside a Crash Investigation," a behind-the-scenes account of how the National Transportation Safety Board solved one of the biggest mysteries in aviation. He is the winner of the Everett Dirksen Award for Distinguished Coverage of Congress, the Society of Professional Journalists Sigma Delta Chi Award and the Manship Prize for New Media in Democratic Discourse.

Email: adair@politifact.com

The latest Truth-O-Meter items from Bill Adair

False

States alone choose to adopt and implement

Donald Trump
Donald Trump

Common Core is "education through Washington D.C."

— PolitiFact National

Mostly True

He does fare best, but not always by 11 points

False

She chose the wrong metric

False

Initial reservation followed by support

Chris Christie
Chris Christie

"I didn’t support Sonia Sotomayor."    

— PolitiFact National

Mostly True

Let's go to the transcript!

False

Sometimes it rises, sometimes it falls

False

If by "no involvement" he means ringing endorsement

Pants on Fire!

Time to check his own website

Half-True

UPDATED: Latest Census data shows beginning of new trend

Recent stories from Bill Adair

Fact-checking the Republican CNBC debate

The GOP field attacked each other, Democrats, the moderators and the press. We checked their facts on immigration, business, taxes, senate voting records and Mark Zuckerberg.     Read an archive of PolitiFact's live blog of the debate Compare the Truth-O-Meter records of the Republican candidates

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Fact-checking the 2015 State of the Union and GOP Response

PolitiFact's coverage of the 2015 State of the Union and GOP response.      

Tuesday night reruns in North Carolina

Thom Tillis and Kay Hagan squared off in their second debate, using many lines we've heard before. • PolitiFact Virginia looks at the U.S. Senate debate between Ed Gillespie and Mark Warner. • PolitiFact Georgia fact-checks outsourcing in the Michelle Nunn-David Perdue U.S. Senate race. • PunditFact looks at a startling statistic on female murder victims.    

Previewing the North Carolina U.S. Senate debate

As candidates Kay Hagan and Thom Tillis prepare for their second debate, we review how they have fared on the Truth-O-Meter.   • PolitiFact Virginia to fact-check the U.S. Senate debate between Ed Gillespie and Mark Warner. • PolitiFact Georgia fact-checks outsourcing in the Michelle Nunn-David Perdue U.S. Senate race. • PolitiFact Wisconsin reports on campaign promises from Scott Walker and Mary Burke in the governor's race. • PunditFact bids a farewell to CNN's Crossfire. 

Top 5 most popular fact-checks for June 2014

Our most popular fact-checks of June 2014 include statements about the Sgt. Bowe Berghdal swap, the number of school shootings and even a fact-check we published back in 2009.

Giving thanks for True statements

As you prepare to break bread, we break down 10 statements from the past year that we found to be topical, entertaining or both. They all earned a True rating on the Truth-O-Meter.

The Principles of PolitiFact, PunditFact and the Truth-O-Meter

As we prepare for the launch of PunditFact, our new fact-checking project, we review our guiding principles and practices for bringing you the truth in politics.

Top 16 myths about the health care law

Because a Top 10 can't capture all the exaggerations.

Top 16 myths about the health care law

Because a Top 10 can't capture all the exaggerations.