Articles from December, 2009

Our wildest and wackiest claims of 2009

PolitiFact staffers choose the silliest and most unusual claims of the past year.

By Bill Adair :: Published on Thursday, December 31st, 2009 at 12:35 p.m.

PolitiFact's Top 10 pundit checks for 2009

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.

By Robert Farley :: Published on Wednesday, December 30th, 2009 at 3:29 p.m.

The Truth-O-Meter and the health care debate of 2009

When it came to statements on health care, the Truth-O-Meter found lots of distortions.

By Angie Drobnic Holan :: Published on Tuesday, December 29th, 2009 at 3:38 p.m.

Our readers' top 10

Our fact-check of Joe Wilson's "You lie!" tops the list of our readers' top 10 Truth-O-Meter items.

By Bill Adair :: Published on Monday, December 28th, 2009 at 12:06 p.m.

PolitiFact's Five Surprising "True" ratings

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.

By Louis Jacobson :: Published on Thursday, December 24th, 2009 at 3:26 p.m.

It is a special deal for Ben Nelson and Nebraska

Democratic Sen. Ben Nelson insists he didn't get a special deal for his state, but we call that False.

By Robert Farley :: Published on Wednesday, December 23rd, 2009 at 6:32 p.m.

In 2009, the truth took a beating

We tally our Truth-O-Meter ratings from 2009 and find truth was a casualty of the political discourse.

By Bill Adair :: Published on Tuesday, December 22nd, 2009 at 5:21 p.m.

Mailbag: Lie of the Year edition

We review the write-in votes from our Lie of the Year survey. We get an earful.

By Angie Drobnic Holan :: Published on Tuesday, December 22nd, 2009 at 12:15 p.m.

PolitiFact's Lie of the Year: 'Death panels'

Sarah Palin's claim about the health care bill is the top choice of PolitiFact editors -- and readers.

By Angie Drobnic Holan :: Published on Friday, December 18th, 2009 at 5:15 p.m.

And the runners-up ...

Sarah Palin's "death panels" is the Lie of the Year. Here are the runners-up.

By Angie Drobnic Holan :: Published on Friday, December 18th, 2009 at 5:13 p.m.

The winter of discontent for Obama's poll numbers

Conservative pundit Karl Rove says Obama's approval numbers are at a record low. The historic record supports that.

By Angie Drobnic Holan, Louis Jacobson :: Published on Thursday, December 17th, 2009 at 5:26 p.m.

Obama's campaign promises: An update

We've updated many promises on the Obameter recently. Here's a quick guide to the most notable.

By Louis Jacobson :: Published on Wednesday, December 16th, 2009 at 4:51 p.m.

There's no safety in jobless numbers

We check two Democratic claims on unemployment and the economy and find distortions.

By Angie Drobnic Holan :: Published on Tuesday, December 15th, 2009 at 6:38 p.m.

Climate change e-mails and Copenhagen

We review the controversy over hacked e-mails and check the facts of the climate change skeptics.

By Catharine Richert :: Published on Friday, December 11th, 2009 at 7:13 p.m.

Vote now for 'Lie of the Year'!

We ask you to weigh in on what you think was the most significant falsehood of 2009.

By Angie Drobnic Holan :: Published on Wednesday, December 9th, 2009 at 4:41 p.m.

TARP money, the stimulus and the law

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.

By Robert Farley, Angie Drobnic Holan :: Published on Tuesday, December 8th, 2009 at 6:01 p.m.

Union chief visits Obama more than Hillary? Nope.

Glenn Beck said a labor leader visits the White House more than anyone, but a little research easily debunks that.

By Angie Drobnic Holan, Louis Jacobson :: Published on Monday, December 7th, 2009 at 6:23 p.m.

Checking facts on Afghanistan

Debate heats up as Obama orders a troop increase.

By Angie Drobnic Holan :: Published on Friday, December 4th, 2009 at 6:02 p.m.

Obameter finds more promises Stalled

As we dig deeper into Obama's campaign promises, we find more of them have little or no progress.

By Bill Adair :: Published on Thursday, December 3rd, 2009 at 6:17 p.m.

Beck wrong on Cabinet's private sector experience

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.

By Louis Jacobson :: Published on Wednesday, December 2nd, 2009 at 6:30 p.m.

Was Ronald Reagan a Republican?

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.

By Angie Drobnic Holan, Louis Jacobson :: Published on Tuesday, December 1st, 2009 at 11:06 p.m.

Mission: Afghanistan

As President Obama prepares for a major address on the war in Afghanistan, we review his campaign promises on the issue.

By Angie Drobnic Holan :: Published on Tuesday, December 1st, 2009 at 11:23 a.m.

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