Articles from December, 2009
PolitiFact staffers choose the silliest and most unusual claims of the past year.
Political pundits helped shape the national debate on topics ranging from the economic stimulus to health care. Here's 10 of our favorites this year.
When it came to statements on health care, the Truth-O-Meter found lots of distortions.
Our fact-check of Joe Wilson's "You lie!" tops the list of our readers' top 10 Truth-O-Meter items.
With our Lie of the Year, we focused on the biggest falsehoods of 2009. But we also want to highlight our findings at the other end of the Truth-O-Meter.
Democratic Sen. Ben Nelson insists he didn't get a special deal for his state, but we call that False.
We tally our Truth-O-Meter ratings from 2009 and find truth was a casualty of the political discourse.
We review the write-in votes from our Lie of the Year survey. We get an earful.
Sarah Palin's claim about the health care bill is the top choice of PolitiFact editors -- and readers.
Sarah Palin's "death panels" is the Lie of the Year. Here are the runners-up.
Conservative pundit Karl Rove says Obama's approval numbers are at a record low. The historic record supports that.
We've updated many promises on the Obameter recently. Here's a quick guide to the most notable.
We check two Democratic claims on unemployment and the economy and find distortions.
We review the controversy over hacked e-mails and check the facts of the climate change skeptics.
We ask you to weigh in on what you think was the most significant falsehood of 2009.
A Republican says Obama's plan to spend TARP money on an economic stimulus is unlawful, but the experts say Congress can make it so.
Glenn Beck said a labor leader visits the White House more than anyone, but a little research easily debunks that.
Debate heats up as Obama orders a troop increase.
As we dig deeper into Obama's campaign promises, we find more of them have little or no progress.
The talk show host repeats a line from the blogosphere that fewer than 10 percent of Obama Cabinet members have private sector experience. But his number is way off.
Liberal commentator Keith Olbermann said even Reagan couldn't meet new conservative standards promoted by the Republican Party. We scrutinize the record and find it's actually a tough call.
As President Obama prepares for a major address on the war in Afghanistan, we review his campaign promises on the issue.