Articles from February, 2011
The editor of PolitiFact National appeared on CNN’s "Reliable Source" this weekend, defending a recent False rating bestowed on a statement by MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow.
With a trip to Washington, Gov. Rick Perry works on his promise to bring home $830 million in federal education aid that’s on hold.
Readers tell us how they would have rated statements (and one suggests a leftish replacement for the Truth-O-Meter).
Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, we read, says no one should be shocked he’s seeking to whittle collective-bargaining rights for government-employee unions in the Badger State. PolitiFact Wisconsin put the kibosh on that claim; it’s also fact-checked more than a dozen others, finding few statements to be True.
For the first time, Washington-based PolitiFact National has posted the principles we live by in choosing statements to check and then, after research, reaching our ratings.
The Truth-O-Meter seems more flammable lately.
As Texas senators discussed a proposal to require women seeking abortions to get a sonogram first, two made wildly different claims about the annual number of abortions in the state. One was right, and the other, well, he gave a belated shout-out to PolitiFact Texas. Thank you. Thank you very much.
With Texas’ junior senator running for Republican whip, we review how his claims have fared on the Truth-O-Meter.
When the Texas Senate advanced legislation designed to better protect property owners, Gov. Rick Perry edged closer to keeping a campaign promise.
After Gov. Rick Perry’s optimistic State of the State address, Democratic state Sen. Wendy Davis ripped ruling Republicans while also launching statements that sounded very familiar — as in already fact-checked.
Gov. Rick Perry fired off an un-Truth-O-Metered charge this week — that a "certain Texas congressman" is holding education dollars hostage. But other State-of-the-State statements had a familiar ring.
Comedy Central took on Republicans who called for a Christian conservative to lead the House, prompting us to revisit statements about the speaker’s race.
In 2009, President Barack Obama memorably said that under the Democatic-steered health care overhaul, "if you like your health care plan, you can keep your health care plan." It’s the catchphrase that’s launched a raft of Republican rejoinders -- even now, a year after the legislation was passed. U.S. Rep. Blake Farenthold, R-Corpus Christi, recently wrote that the administration predicts that up to 7 of 10 Americans with employer-provided health coverage could lose that coverage. PolitiFact National looked into that.
In American politics, few issues bring blood to a boil as consistently as abortion. Over the past 13 months, we’ve checked numerous related statements including, most recently, Gov. Rick Perry’s Jan. 22 declaration that there have been 50 million U.S. abortions since the Supreme Court’s Roe v. Wade decision in 1973.