Articles from March, 2012

Compare Truth-O-Meter report cards?

PolitiFact in Washington has unveiled a feature that lets you compare Truth-O-Meter report cards for candidates and groups. Its first comparisons feature the presidential candidates and the Republican and Democratic parties.

By Bill Adair, W. Gardner Selby :: Published on Friday, March 30th, 2012 at 6:00 a.m.

Chain email’s Obama joke unconfirmed

A chain email says a racially-tinged joke about Barack Obama drew a standing ovation at a Texas rodeo. A presidential joke was told, we conclude, but the email is otherwise off base.

By W. Gardner Selby :: Published on Wednesday, March 28th, 2012 at 1:02 p.m.

Has cost of 2010 federal health care law doubled?

U.S. Senate candidate Ted Cruz tweeted a claim racing through Republican circles: that new projections show the 2010 federal health care law’s cost has doubled. False, says the Truth-O-Meter.

By Meghan Ashford-Grooms :: Published on Friday, March 23rd, 2012 at 10:00 a.m.

Texas order and Newt Gingrich's claim

A San Antonio federal judge’s "kumbaya" order reminded us we’d checked a claim about him by Newt Gingrich.

By W. Gardner Selby :: Published on Wednesday, March 21st, 2012 at 11:41 a.m.

Limbaugh v. Maher

Rush Limbaugh’s mischaracterizations of a law student made waves, prompting some critics to say that comedian Bill Maher’s descriptions of Sarah Palin and others were made in a similarly rebukable vein.

By W. Gardner Selby :: Published on Tuesday, March 20th, 2012 at 9:41 a.m.

Mailbag: "Do you even check your own facts?"

Our checks of claims by Lamar Smith and Lawrence O'Donnell drew emails from readers. Let's sample the mailbag.

By W. Gardner Selby :: Published on Thursday, March 15th, 2012 at 8:38 a.m.

Pat Robertson echoes Texas candidate on marijuana

Pat Robertson says marijuana should be legalized. We learned that an El Paso congressional candidate beat him to that declaration.

By W. Gardner Selby :: Published on Friday, March 9th, 2012 at 11:23 a.m.

Rick Perry’s promises

Rick Perry has been off the national campaign trail long enough for the Perry-O-Meter to crunch into gear. Here's proof.

By W. Gardner Selby :: Published on Thursday, March 8th, 2012 at 10:36 a.m.

Pre-abortion ultrasounds in Texas

A New York Times columnist's concerns about the new Texas law requiring a woman seeking an abortion to have an ultrasound reminded us of our check of a 2011 claim.

By W. Gardner Selby :: Published on Tuesday, March 6th, 2012 at 1:00 p.m.

It’s got facts, and you can dance to it

South by Southwest begins occupying Austin this week. We’re getting in the groove with our own theme song: "Gimme The Truth (The PolitiFact Song)."

By Sue Owen :: Published on Sunday, March 4th, 2012 at 6:00 p.m.

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