Articles from September, 2015

Checking Ted Cruz, Stephen Colbert on the CBS 'Late Show'

Two fact checks bubbled up from Ted Cruz's appearance on CBS with Stephen Colbert.

Welcoming PolitiFact Missouri (properly pronounced MIZZ-ER-AH, we believe)

Bad news for Missouri politicians prone to making outrageous or unsubstantiated claims: PolitiFact is now watching.

Fred Fleitz: Slanted fact check whiffs on Ted Cruz Iran inspections claim

An expert quoted in our latest Ted Cruz fact check says we blew it.   We stand by our work. But we also wanted to share his full reaction.   See the original fact check here.

Remember front-running Rick Perry for president? Karl Rove does

Rick Perry recently suspended his fresh bid for president. So did Wisconsin's Scott Walker.   But there was a time Perry was the frontrunner for his party's presidential nomination.   This reminder comes courtesy of Karl Rove, the Texas-tied consultant, who says the leader in the race for the 2012 Republican nod changed seven times between September 2011 and the end of February 2012. PunditFact found that five individual candidates, including Perry, handed the lead around.

Mike Huckabee's Mostly False claim about Fort Hood shooter's beard

Mike Huckabee said the Fort Hood shooter was allowed to remain unshaven at trial for religious reasons.   PolitiFact says: MOSTLY FALSE.   SEE MIKE HUCKABEE'S POLITIFACT REPORT CARD.

In debate, Ted Cruz pipes up on Iran deal, cutting off Planned Parenthood aid

For a spell, Ted Cruz looked to be a bit left out of the 11-candidate Republican presidential debate.   Then the Texan remaining in the field got back-to-back opportunities to criticize the Iran agreement and federal aid to Planned Parenthood. Later, he called the elevation of John Roberts to the U.S. Supreme Court "a mistake" before acknowledging he supported the Roberts' nomination at the time.   Cruz also said he'd place Rosa Parks on a revamped $20 bill.   Catch a lot more on PolitiFact's site and enjoy the Austin American-Statesman's coverage here.   See Ted Cruz's Truth-O-Meter report card here.

Greg Abbott lacks data tying Texas actions to drops in abortions, unintended pregnancies

A Greg Abbott tweet prompted us to check on whether legislative actions that took full effect in 2013 led to fewer abortions and unintended pregnancies.   That's a MOSTLY FALSE.

Donald Trump, rallying in Big D, has a Truth-O-Meter record laden with False ratings

Donald Trump, rallying in Dallas, brings a Truth-O-Meter record heavy with False ratings.   Let us know if you hear something fresh we should check?   SEE TRUMP'S TRUTH-O-METER REPORT CARD.

Rick Perry, suspending campaign after 168 fact checks since 2010

"I give you this news with no regrets," Rick Perry said in suspending his presidential campaign today.   SEE Perry's full Truth-O-Meter report card.   Ahem: PolitiFact reporters have checked Perry claims 168 times since our launch in Texas in 2010.   Also today, Perry revisited a couple of recently fact-checked claims.

Ted Cruz, Donald Trump, Sarah Palin and the Iran deal

A high-profile trio--Donald Trump, Ted Cruz and Sarah Palin--rallied against the Iran nuclear deal.   HELPFULLY, PolitiFact posted your six things to know about the Iran deal.   See Trump's PolitiFact report card here; see Cruz's report card here.

Labor Day means candidates (Rick Perry included) making job claims

Some suggest Rick Perry's campaign is zombified.   Our take: So long as the former governor remains among presidential hopefuls, it's worth watching for claims about job gains in Texas while he held the top elected post. Samples ahead.   See Rick Perry's full Truth-O-Meter report card here (we've checked him more than 150 times).

Have you now or ever been a U.S. citizen? By birth, Ted Cruz says

Ted Cruz says it's a historical fact that since nationhood, children born to U.S. citizens living abroad were citizens too.   That's MOSTLY TRUE.   See Ted Cruz's full Truth-O-Meter report card here.