Thursday, November 27th, 2014

Alex Kuffner

Reporter

Alex Kuffner has been a staff writer for the Providence Journal since 2000 and has most recently written about energy and the environment. He has a bachelor’s degree in East Asian studies and a master’s degree in journalism, both from Columbia University.

Email: akuffner@providencejournal.com

The latest Truth-O-Meter items from Alex Kuffner

Half-True

Most studies show smaller drop in value

Pants on Fire!

An inflammatory claim

Recent stories from Alex Kuffner

Before you vote, check our candidate ratings

More than 2,000 years ago, the Greek playwright Aeschylus observed that in war, truth is the first casualty. In today’s political wars, if truth is not the first casualty, it’s definitely in harm’s way. In the eight weeks since the September primary, we’ve examined 21 claims from candidates or their supporters. We rated 11 Mostly False or worse on our Truth-O-Meter’s six-point scale. Nine were True or Mostly True, one was Half True. But recently, as the campaigns ramped up their attacks with increasingly harsh commercials and mailers, the ratings have definitely trended downward. More

Truth be told, PolitiFact Rhode Island turns 3!

There's a match being lit, but it's not being used to set someone's pants on fire. It's to light three birthday candles. PolitiFact Rhode Island is now three years old. We think it's a cause for celebration and, from what our readers have told us, they have reason to celebrate as well.

Super Bowl legends explored and exposed

We've all heard the myths about Super Bowl Sunday. Half-time flushes disable sewage plants. It's the worst day of the year for domestic violence. It's the best day of the year for pizza and beer sales. Because Super Bowl mania has swept New England, we decided to take a closer look at some of the claims. Turns out, most are out of bounds.