Articles from July, 2011

Truth-O-Meter works hard during federal debt debate

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.

Bulb claims by the dozen

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.

Introducing, Mostly False

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.

Tax break extension a Compromise for Perry

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.

Barely True or Mostly False?

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.

Boehner, Dewhurst and stimulus jobs

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.

Gov. Rick Perry fulfills two promises to veterans

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.

No football, killer seat belts

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 ...

Texas-bound Beck will need bigger blackboards

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.

For Perry, another promise Kept, two Broken

New to the Perry-O-Meter: We rate how the governor’s pledges on taxes and tuition fared during the 2011 legislative session.

Perry keeps promises on border security, trafficking

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.

He's not from here

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...

PolitiFact in Your Pocket

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...