Thursday, January 29th, 2015

The most recent articles on PolitiFact Texas

John Cornyn's flawed claim about jobs and Keystone XL pipeline

A reader urged us to check John Cornyn's recent claim about jobs created since the Texas leg of the Keystone XL pipeline began flowing oil.   Cornyn, turns out, was referring to construction jobs that no longer exist.

Greg Abbott gets a promise meter

Gov. Greg Abbott didn't list his campaign promises in his inaugural address.   But we compiled nearly 100 of his promises in the new Abbott-O-Meter.   See the Abbott-O-Meter.

Introducing the Adler-O-Meter

City Hall reporters for the Austin American-Statesman have helped us launch a meter to track progress on Austin Mayor Steve Adler's campaign promises -- all of them yet to be rated.

Five years of truths and not-so-truths

Light the candles. We're five years old.

Rick Perry gets a laugh out of Texas Truth-O-Meter

Outgoing Gov. Rick Perry recently got a laugh out of PolitiFact.   Appreciated -- and here's his Truth-O-Meter report card.

Missed signs, fatal consequences; new facts on child abuse in Texas

With Texas legislators just embarking on the 140-day 2015 regular legislative session, we suspect there will be ample down time for everyone to soak up facts gathered over six months by the Austin American-Statesman about how the state investigates child abuse and neglect.   Dig in: "Missed signs, fatal consequences: How Texas missed deadly patterns and key pieces of information that could have helped protect vulnerable children"

Big tax hikes taking effect? Pants on Fire

Perhaps you saw the chain email about multiple tax hikes taking effect this month. It's wrong in many ways.   Light a fire.

Louie Gohmert, House speaker aspirant, has PolitiFact report card

U.S. Rep. Louie Gohmert, the Tyler Republican who's revealed he wants to unseat House Speaker John Boehner, is familiar with the Truth-O-Meter.   See Louie Gohmert's PolitiFact report card here.

In Context: Greg Abbott's vow to lift Texas universities into nation's top 10

Texas’ governor-elect is California dreaming a little by vowing to lift Texas universities in national rankings.   Is it an easy reach?

Fact check of Census Bureau mandate proves No. 1 in reader views in 2014

We tuned in to the morning show hosted by KOKE FM's Bob Cole and, waddya know, heard a grumble touching off our most-viewed fact check of 2014.   Upshot: It's Mostly True federal law requires U.S. residents to participate in the government's American Community Survey.

Ted Cruz claim about ISIS nailing Christians to trees led to a most-read fact check of 2014

Ted Cruz, critical of ISIS, said the group had gone so far as to nail Christians to trees.   Truth-O-Meter said: False.   Our check of Cruz on this front was our No. 2-most-viewed story of 2014. (The No. 1 story, coming soon, arose from Bob Cole's mail.)

Debunked claim about Texas prisoner ordering a child for last meal among 2014 reader hits

Ridiculously, a website got traction with stories suggesting a Texas inmate had requested a child for his last meal.   Our recap of this "order" getting debunked (by Snopes.com) was our third-most-viewed story of 2014. Our countdown to No. 1 continues.

Our look into Obama ordering deaths of Americans among our popular fact checks

A U.S. Senate aspirant charged President Obama will killing four Americans with drone strikes.   We concluded three were not intended targets. And this fact check proved our fifth-most viewed story of 2014.   Our countdown to No. 1 continues.

Michele Bachmann didn't say Bible written in English

Michele Bachmann, who's leaving Congress, has some Pants on Fires to her name.   But readers this year flocked to our story on a Pants on Fire claim about Bachmann supposedly saying the Bible was originated in English (not so).   We continue our countdown of the top 10 most-read PolitiFact Texas stories of 2014.

Lesson of 2014: Check the facts behind Mexico border claims

A trio of fact checks of flawed claims about activities near the Texas-Mexico border drew reader interest, each one landing among our 10 most-read stories of 2014:   * Ted Cruz incorrectly said Barack Obama has promised amnesty to illegal immigrants   * Pants on Fire: Duncan Hunter makes unconfirmed claim Border Patrol caught at least 10 ISIS fighters   * Rick Perry claim about 3,000 homicides by illegal immigrants not supported by stat