After the Fact

Bernie Sanders

Meme claims to give 'full' Sanders quote, but actually omits key passage

After we published our fact-check, many readers wrote us to say that we had misquoted what Sanders said during the debate. A number of these readers circulated a meme purporting to show that Sanders was simply quoting a Black Lives Matter activist, rather than stating his own opinion.

However, even though the meme says it offers the "full quote," it ...

Donald Trump

Better Business Bureau says Trump U posting out of date

The Better Business Bureau says the Trump Entrepreneur Initiative has had No Rating since September 2015 (screenshot)

Right after last night’s Republican presidential debate, the campaign of Donald Trump posted a picture on Facebook showing an A rating for the Trump Entrepreneur Initiative from the Better Business Bureau.

Today, the Better Business Bureau issued a statement to clarify that the A rating was out of date.

"The BBB Business Review of Trump Entrepreneur ...

Donald Trump

Trump said in 2002 he supported Iraq invasion

A few days after we published this article, Buzzfeed’s Andrew Kaczynski uncovered a September 2002 interview in which Trump said he supported the Iraq invasion.

Shock jock Howard Stern asked Trump if he supported the looming invasion.

Trump responded, "Yeah, I guess so."

This goes directly against Trump’s claims that he was opposed to the Iraq War — "loud ...

Ted Cruz

Cruz campaign: 'How can what Cruz said be false when he quoted CNN’s tweet directly?'

After we published our fact-check, Cruz spokesman Brian Phillips emailed us a tweet from CNN that reads, "After the #IAcaucus, @RealBenCarson plans to take a break from campaigning"

"How can what Cruz said be ‘false’ when he quoted CNN's tweet directly?" Phillips wrote.

CNN sent the tweet Cruz was quoting at 7:08 p.m. central time, about 8 ...

Donald Trump

Trump campaign responds to TV ad showing Morocco, not Mexico: 'This was 1,000 percent on purpose'

After we published our fact-check, the Trump campaign released a statement to the media:

"The use of this footage was intentional and selected to demonstrate the severe impact of an open border and the very real threat Americans face if we do not immediately build a wall and stop illegal immigration. The biased mainstream media doesn't understand, but ...

Ben Carson

Carson suggests academic source for Putin claim

In a telephone interview with the Miami Herald on Nov. 4, 2015, Carson said his source for this claim was a "Middle Eastern scholar at a university in Texas who is actually writing a book about it right now and translating it into English and should be out next year. He says he has got yearbook information and everything ...

Ben Carson

Carson tells CBN his source are government "advisors," including CIA

Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson appears on CBN's the 700 Club.

Shortly after our fact-check appeared, CBN News posted an article about Carson’s appearance on the Christian Broadcasting Network show, the 700 Club. It reported that when Carson was asked for the source of the Abbas-Khamenei-Putin claim in a follow-up interview with CBN News, "Dr. Carson would not disclose his sources, but told CBN News he learned about the ties between ...

Ted Cruz

Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, responds

Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, authored an article for the National Review in response to our fact-check after we published our findings. He disagreed with our rating and argued that our report was biased. 

"As I wrote in my new book A Time for Truth, 'PolitiFact' represents a new species of yellow journalism, where liberal reporters dress up as 'facts' their liberal ...

Julius Jones

Julius Jones of Black Lives Matter Worcester responds

Julius Jones of Black Lives Matter Worcester sent PunditFact an email with comments about our fact-check about a week after it was published.

He disagreed with the rating and our point that the incarceration rate had been rising since before President Bill Clinton’s term.

"The inertia was provided by Reagan, but the momentum was spurred, sustained and made more aggressive ...