Louis Jacobson

PolitiFact Deputy Editor

Louis Jacobson is deputy editor of PolitiFact and a staff writer for the Tampa Bay Times. He has served as deputy editor of Roll Call and as founding editor of its legislative wire service, CongressNow. Earlier, he spent more than a decade covering politics, policy and lobbying for National Journal magazine. Since 2002, he has handicapped political races, including state legislatures, governors, congressional seats, state attorneys general and the electoral college, currently for Governing. In 2004, Jacobson originated the “Out There” column on politics in the states, which ran in Roll Call and later in Stateline.org and which won five annual awards from Capitolbeat, the association of state capitol reporters and editors. He received the Weidenbaum Center Award for Evidence-Based Journalism from Washington University in St. Louis in 2014.

Email: ljacobson@tampabay.com

The latest Truth-O-Meter items from Louis Jacobson


Not by a long shot

Pants on Fire!

That figure is way off the charts

Donald Trump
Donald Trump

The unemployment rate may be as high as "42 percent."

— PolitiFact National

Mostly False

That was the projected, 10-year figure that didn't come to pass

Mostly False

Not on the U.S. payroll

Mostly True

However you count, the point is valid

Mostly False

On economic growth, Bush trailed other recent presidents

Recent stories from Louis Jacobson

PolitiFact's top 5 most-read articles in September 2015

The list of most-clicked stories in September was dominated by questionable social-media posts on Democratic candidates and an Alaskan mountain, as well as the second Republican debate and the Iran nuclear deal.  

PolitiFact Florida’s top 5 fact-checks for September 2015

Claims from the GOP presidential debate about Donald Trump, President Barack Obama and vaccines fueled the most interest in the Truth-O-Meter last month.

Fact-checking the Sept. 27 Sunday shows

PolitiFact fact-checks two presidential candidates, Ben Carson and Jeb Bush. 

Fact-checking the Sept. 27 Sunday shows

We look at claims from Republican presidential candidates Ben Carson and Jeb Bush. 

PunditFact previews the Sept. 27 Sunday shows

Every Friday, PunditFact gives you the first look at 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.

Checking Ted Cruz, Stephen Colbert on the CBS 'Late Show'

Two fact checks bubbled up from Ted Cruz's appearance on CBS with Stephen Colbert.

Fact-checking Stephen Colbert's interview with Ted Cruz about Reagan

The Gipper's legacy emerged as a source for claims made on Colbert's new show, The Late Show. 

The Obama Muslim Myth: The Clinton connection

A falsehood that won't die says President Obama is a Muslim. Some say Hillary Clinton's campaign started it. That's wrong, but there is a slender connection.

The Truth-O-Meter arrives in Missouri

We've got bad news for Missouri politicians prone to making outrageous or unsubstantiated claims: PolitiFact is now watching.

Fact-checking a viral graphic critical of Bernie Sanders

The graphic includes 12 claims, which range from basically accurate to highly misleading.