The daily back-and-forth in Washington over the federal government’s finances has provided numerous opportunities for the Truth-O-Meter and PolitiFact researchers.
By Meghan Ashford-Grooms :: Published on Friday, July 29th, 2011 at 4:02 p.m.
Texas U.S. Rep. Michael Burgess says you won’t be able to buy traditional 100-watt light bulbs next year. That claim drew our inaugural rating of Mostly False, which this week replaced Barely True on the Truth-O-Meter.
By W. Gardner Selby :: Published on Thursday, July 28th, 2011 at 12:14 p.m.
Starting today, PolitiFact’s Barely True rating for significantly flawed statements by political figures is history. In its place, we’re introducing Mostly False, meaning that a claim contains some element of truth but ignores critical facts that would give a different impression.
By W. Gardner Selby :: Published on Wednesday, July 27th, 2011 at 7:00 a.m.
The Legislature’s two-year extension of a business tax exemption prompts the Perry-O-Meter to register a Compromise for the first time. During his re-election campaign, Gov. Rick Perry pledged to make the exemption permanent.
By Meghan Ashford-Grooms :: Published on Monday, July 25th, 2011 at 12:28 p.m.
When we asked for reader opinion about whether to change our Barely True rating to Mostly False, the floodgates opened. And the comments went heavily in one direction.
By Louis Jacobson :: Published on Friday, July 22nd, 2011 at 10:59 a.m.
Ah, Washington: The U.S. House speaker posts a message on Twitter, then a campaign committee e-mails a barrage of press releases, each one tweaked to target different individual members of Congress, including two Texas Democrats. Before the day passes, the lieutenant governor of Texas airs the same flawed claim about how much each job attributed to the 2009 federal stimulus package ended up costing the federal government.
By W. Gardner Selby :: Published on Wednesday, July 20th, 2011 at 12:18 p.m.
Although backlogged claims have grown, Gov. Rick Perry’s efforts helped push 16,771 requests for benefits from Texans to the federal Department of Veterans Affairs.
By W. Gardner Selby :: Published on Monday, July 18th, 2011 at 12:24 p.m.
We can’t flee the Texas heat so we tried a PolitiFact alternative by peeking at some fellow state sites for potentially cooling fact checks — like a Georgia review of a claim that taking away football encourages crime. Join us as we scoot around ...
By W. Gardner Selby :: Published on Friday, July 15th, 2011 at 10:00 a.m.
Glenn Beck told his Monday radio audience that he’s moving to Dallas and building a radio and television studio. To welcome him, we assessed Beck’s pre-Texas standing on the Truth-O-Meter.
By Meghan Ashford-Grooms :: Published on Tuesday, July 12th, 2011 at 12:19 p.m.
New to the Perry-O-Meter: We rate how the governor’s pledges on taxes and tuition fared during the 2011 legislative session.
By W. Gardner Selby :: Published on Sunday, July 10th, 2011 at 6:00 a.m.
Gov. Rick Perry unsuccessfully sought legislation to ensure that law enforcement officers can ask about the citizenship status of someone they’ve detained. But he has fulfilled campaign pledges related to border security and human trafficking.
By Meghan Ashford-Grooms :: Published on Thursday, July 7th, 2011 at 9:00 a.m.
Every once in a while, a candidate says an opponent doesn’t vote or even live in the district they both seek to represent. In Texas, at least, it’s a cinch to check on someone’s voting history, though where someone lives can prove dodgier to determine...
By W. Gardner Selby :: Published on Tuesday, July 5th, 2011 at 10:29 a.m.
Improbably, PolitiFact drew the attention of a certain Austin 13-year-old. "Dad!," the daughter of PolitiFact Texas’s editor emailed this week. "PolitiFact is the top paid app for the news category at the app store!" So it was, briefly. The Truth-O-Meter is newly pocket-sized...
By W. Gardner Selby :: Published on Friday, July 1st, 2011 at 2:15 p.m.
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