Wednesday, October 22nd, 2014

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 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.


The latest Truth-O-Meter items from Louis Jacobson

Mostly True

Mostly True, again, and again


Both came to support it after opposing it

Pants on Fire!

Once again, fake news passed off as real


Unintended consequences muddy a clear "repeal" rallying cry


Crist signed a 2008 amendment that doesn't apply here

Mostly False

The evidence doesn't add up to 3,000

Recent stories from Louis Jacobson

Fact-checking the second Florida governor's debate

Charlie Crist and Rick Scott debated for the second time on Wednesday night, after controversy over a cooling fan. We checked the facts. 

Previewing the Kentucky U.S. Senate debate

We look back at claims we've checked from both Mitch McConnell and Alison Lundergan Grimes.    • PolitiFact Virginia: Get the facts from Monday night's Senate debate • PunditFact: Fact-checking the Oct. 12 news shows • PolitiFact Wisconsin: Burke, Walker wield truth as tool in first debate • PolitiFact Florida: Fact-checking the Florida governor's debate on Telemundo

Fact-checking the Florida governor's debate on Telemundo

Rick Scott and Charlie Crist faced off in their first debate of 2014 at Telemundo's studios in Miramar. 

Candidates for governor debate in Florida, Wisconsin

PolitiFact Florida and PolitiFact Wisconsin are fact-checking Friday's high-profile debates in races for governor. In Florida, it's Rick Scott vs. Charlie Crist; in Wisconsin, it's Scott Walker vs. Mary Burke. 

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. 

Fact-checking the Oct. 5 news shows

See our latest fact-checks from the Sundays news shows.

PunditFact fact-checks the Oct. 5 news shows

Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., wanted to discuss the size of America's military.

Top 5 most popular fact-checks for September 2014

Readers liked our fact-checks on the Islamic State, the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge and Saturday Night Live. 

Sunday news show preview for Sept. 28

Every Friday 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. The list is updated as shows announce their guests.