Tim Murphy, PolitiFact Rhode Island editor, has worked as a reporter and editor at newspapers in Connecticut and Rhode Island for nearly four decades. A graduate of the University of Connecticut, he started at The Journal as a reporter in 1983 and has held several positions, including Sunday editor, city editor and, most recently, assistant managing editor for public policy.
The latest Truth-O-Meter items from Tim Murphy
"If you look at what we’ve done over the last several years, the crime rate has actually gone down in [Providence] and . . . the number of shootings has been going down."
Republican candidate for governor Ken Block was "fined and had to admit that (he) funneled money illegally to the Moderate Party."
Recent stories from Tim MurphyNo lie! PolitiFact R.I. turns 4
Four years ago today -- June 25, 2010 -- PolitiFact Rhode Island published its first Truth-O-Meter rulings.
Political discourse in the state hasn't been the same since.
We constantly see politicians and other public figures hesitating when they speak, expressing concern that they will be fact-checked. It has made some -- but not all -- take more care in the facts they present to support their arguments, improving the level of political discourse in the state.
Click on "more" to see how our rulings break down.From True to Pants on Fire: A pre-debate candidate scorecard
Clay Pell, Gina Raimondo and Angel Taveras have at least two things in common.
They’re all running in the Democratic primary for governor.
And they’ve all faced PolitiFact Rhode Island’s Truth-O-Meter, with varying outcomes.
As the candidates prepare for Tuesday night’s Providence Journal/WPRI-12 debate, we thought we’d take a look at their PolitiFact scorecards.Fact-checking recent claims about climate change
As new studies shined a spotlight on rising sea levels and global warming, politicians and pundits made several statements we fact-checked.Fact-checking recent claims about climate change
As new studies shined a spotlight on rising sea levels and global warming, politicians and pundits made several statements we fact-checked.Attacks and claims about climate change heat up the Truth-O-Meter
As new studies shined a spotlight on rising sea levels and global warming, Sen. Marco Rubio and other politicians and pundits made several statements we fact-checkedMarch mailbag: Physically fit adults and carcinogens in marijuana
It's time once again for a peek into the PolitiFact Rhode Island's mailbag to look at some of the reactions we've gotten from readers to recent fact checks.Red State debate top PolitiFact Rhode Island item in March
What piqued the interest of PolitiFact Rhode Island readers last month? According to our website data, they were interested in whether the poorest states are Red states, if today's young adults are fit for military service, and the degree to which cancer-causing chemicals are present in marijuana smoke.Fact-checking Rhode Island Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse on climate change
U.S. Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse, D-R.I., joined other Democrats on the Senate floor this week to stay up all nigh tand talk about climate change. Whitehouse actually gives weekly speeches about climate change, and PolitiFact Rhode Island has been fact-checking him.Fact-checking U.S. Sen. Whitehouse's claims on climate change
U.S. Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse, one of more than two dozen senators who took part in an all-night talkathon this week on the Senate floor to warn about the dangers of climate change, was on familiar territory.
Whitehouse, a Rhode Island Democrat, has now made 60 Senate speeches on climate change, returning to the floor each week the Senate is in session.
He comes armed with facts and figures, and staff-produced charts and posters, to back up his warnings of drastic environmental and social consequences if serious actions aren’t taken to address global warming.
Whitehouse and the other senators took turns from late Monday through Tuesday morning to call attention to an issue he says has largely been ignored.
PolitiFact Rhode Island has fact-checked many of Whitehouse’s claims about climate change; overall, he has fared well with the Truth-O-Meter. Here's a sample:Clay Pell's full-time residency in R.I. tough to measure
Has Clay Pell, one of the Democrats running for Rhode Island governor, lived a full calendar year in Rhode Island?
Pell, the grandson of the late U.S. Sen. Claiborne Pell, was asked that question twice during a television interview. He never answered with a simple yes or no, leading some to question how strong his ties really are to the Ocean State.
Because Pell’s Rhode Island residency has become an issue in his first-ever run for political office, we took a closer look at his record. Here's what we found:
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