Articles from February, 2011

PolitiFact fields fire after rating False a Rachel Maddow statement

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.

By W. Gardner Selby :: Published on Monday, February 28th, 2011 at 2:39 p.m.

Perry-O-Meter moves on federal education money

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.  

By Meghan Ashford-Grooms :: Published on Monday, February 28th, 2011 at 10:06 a.m.

Mailbag: “You should have a Socialist-O-Meter”

Readers tell us how they would have rated statements (and one suggests a leftish replacement for the Truth-O-Meter).

By Ciara O'Rourke :: Published on Friday, February 25th, 2011 at 12:00 p.m.

Truth getting milked in Wisconsin showdown

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.

By W. Gardner Selby :: Published on Thursday, February 24th, 2011 at 10:20 a.m.

PolitiFact National posts principles of PolitiFact

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.

By Bill Adair, W. Gardner Selby :: Published on Tuesday, February 22nd, 2011 at 10:00 a.m.

Pants on Fire!

The Truth-O-Meter seems more flammable lately.

By :: Published on Monday, February 21st, 2011 at 11:49 a.m.

Texas abortion counts vary by, oh, a gazillion percent

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.

By Meghan Ashford-Grooms :: Published on Friday, February 18th, 2011 at 10:40 a.m.

The Truth-O-Meter report card on John Cornyn

With Texas’ junior senator running for Republican whip, we review how his claims have fared on the Truth-O-Meter.

By :: Published on Monday, February 14th, 2011 at 11:40 a.m.

The Perry-O-Meter moves on eminent domain

When the Texas Senate advanced legislation designed to better protect property owners, Gov. Rick Perry edged closer to keeping a campaign promise.

By :: Published on Friday, February 11th, 2011 at 12:06 p.m.

Democrats paint different picture of Perry's state

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.

By Meghan Ashford-Grooms :: Published on Thursday, February 10th, 2011 at 11:17 a.m.

Perry's familiar lines plus "shout-out" to Doggett

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.

By :: Published on Wednesday, February 9th, 2011 at 11:03 a.m.

Your moment of Zen: The Daily Show lampoons the Texas House

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.

By Ciara O'Rourke :: Published on Monday, February 7th, 2011 at 1:00 p.m.

Keeping health plan that you like--or not

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.

By W. Gardner Selby :: Published on Thursday, February 3rd, 2011 at 11:00 a.m.

Pro-life, pro-choice, pro-truth

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.

By Meghan Ashford-Grooms :: Published on Tuesday, February 1st, 2011 at 12:00 p.m.

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