Wednesday, April 1st, 2015

After the Fact

Ben Carson

Ben Carson apologizes for gay prison comments

After we published this fact-check, Carson sent an email to reporters apologizing for his comments. According to Time, he said, "I do not pretend to know how every individual came to their sexual orientation," he said. "I regret that my words to express that concept were hurtful and divisive. For that I apologize unreservedly to all that were offended."

"I’m a ...

Richard Besser

Besser: 'I could have clarified a bit more.'

Dr. Richard Besser continued to research his claim after we published our fact-check, compiling a document outlining the historical trend of personal belief exemptions. He added the following:

"I think in the context of a sound bite, I am correct. While the issue isn’t so much the number of states that allow personal belief exemptions, it is more the utilization of ...

Bob Sears

'Dr. Bob' responds

After our fact-check published, we heard from Sears. Here's a portion of his response (edited for length and clarity):
 
"I would add, for completion, that I ...
Steven Emerson

Fox apologizes for guest's claims about Muslims in England

The Fox News anchor who let go unchallenged Steve Emerson's erroneous claims about Muslims in Birmingham, England, has apologized.

"Last week on this program, a guest made a serious factual error that we wrongly let stand unchallenged and uncorrected," host Jeanine Pirro said Jan. 17. "The guest asserted that the city of Birmingham, England, is totally Muslim and that it is a place ...

Marc Lamont Hill

Marc Lamont Hill says he misspoke

After our fact-check published, Marc Lamont Hill said that he was incorrect to use the word "unarmed" in his CNN debate with Larry Elder.

Steve Doocy

The man behind the science Fox quoted responds

After our fact-check published we heard from Goddard, who later identified himself as Tony Heller. He noted that one of the experts we quoted in our initial piece has since revised his views of Heller’s research.

While there remains no evidence that "NASA scientists fudged the numbers to make 1998 the hottest year to overstate the extent of ...

Donna Brazile

Brazile responds to our fact-check

After our fact-check published, Brazile responded via email. Here are her comments (edited for style):. 

The accusation here is that the IRS targeted conservative political groups because of their conservative politics. The only way to answer that question is to compare how different groups with different politics get treated. The original IRS report -- and the firestorm of media coverage it generated ...

 Facebook posts

Meme creator contacts PolitiFact

Craig Wisnom emailed us to say that he had created this meme for the Facebook page of Cold Dead Hands, an Internet community for supporters of gun rights. He noted that his original post had cited and linked to the Pew study, but the version we rated, sent to us by another reader, had lost that citation along the ...

Rachel Maddow

Maddow responds to our fact-check

Rachel Maddow responded to our fact-check of her on June 9, 2014.

While Rachel Maddow did not respond to our requests for this fact-check, she did critique PunditFact’s work on her June 9, 2014, show.

Maddow referenced three instances -- other than the Washington Post report she cited on June 3 -- where news reports quoted military officials as describing now-proven-false claims about Lynch.

None of those reports, however, show that the ...

Katrina vanden Heuvel

vanden Heuvel agrees her comments were not accurate

Katrina vanden Heuvel, editor of The Nation, said her comments on Face the Nation were not accurate.

"In the moment, I was not precise with my words and made it sound like Congress cut year-over-year funding, which is not what happened," vanden Heuvel said.