Articles from October, 2009

Achtung, baby! Bono mixes up foreign aid stats

In his spare time, U2's frontman advocates for an end to global poverty, and that earns him a gig with the Truth-O-Meter.  

By Robert Farley :: Published on Friday, October 30th, 2009 at 5:46 p.m.

Muddle about the medal

Some House Republicans claim Obama needs permission from Congress to accept the Nobel Peace Prize. We explore the rules and what other recipients have done.

By Angie Drobnic Holan :: Published on Thursday, October 29th, 2009 at 6:11 p.m.

'Obama phones'? No, they've been around for years

The latest Internet rumor is that President Obama is giving out free phones to people on welfare.

By Catharine Richert :: Published on Wednesday, October 28th, 2009 at 6:58 p.m.

The pundits, 0 for 3

We put O'Reilly, Matalin and Maddow to the Truth-O-Meter. It comes up False, False & False.

By Bill Adair :: Published on Wednesday, October 28th, 2009 at 9:59 a.m.

A new Obameter category: 'Not yet rated'

We announce a change to the Obameter and enlist your help in tracking the president's 515 campaign promises.

By Bill Adair :: Published on Tuesday, October 27th, 2009 at 2:30 p.m.

A narrow door for the health exchange

If you want to buy the public option on the health care exchange, you'll have to be part of a select group.

By Angie Drobnic Holan :: Published on Monday, October 26th, 2009 at 5:27 p.m.

Health care reform: A summary of recent distortions

A PolitiFact guide to distortions in the health care reform debate

By Angie Drobnic Holan :: Published on Friday, October 23rd, 2009 at 3:25 p.m.

Records not as vulnerable as group claims

The Senior Citizens League says the new computerized records will be open to millions. But we find little to back that up.

By Louis Jacobson :: Published on Thursday, October 22nd, 2009 at 6:40 p.m.

Unlikely allies: Sarah Palin and Health Care for America Now

Palin and HCAN both dislike a proposed tax on "Cadillac" health plans.

By Angie Drobnic Holan :: Published on Wednesday, October 21st, 2009 at 6:39 p.m.

Gun group's health care claim is low on ammo

Gun Owners of America claims the Baucus bill "could be used to ban guns in home self-defense." But we find little to back that up.

By Louis Jacobson :: Published on Tuesday, October 20th, 2009 at 4:45 p.m.

Mailbag: 'Grow a funny bone!'

Readers let us know what they think of our story on a Saturday Night Live sketch, and other matters.

By Angie Drobnic Holan :: Published on Monday, October 19th, 2009 at 5:15 p.m.

Name That Health Plan winners announced

From supporters, we choose YesWeCare! From opponents: State Arm Insurance

By Bill Adair :: Published on Friday, October 16th, 2009 at 4:57 p.m.

Drug promises stall because of PhRMA deal

Two campaign promises have become bargaining chips for health care reform.

By Angie Drobnic Holan :: Published on Thursday, October 15th, 2009 at 6:12 p.m.

A new side effect of H1N1 virus: exaggeration

We examine claims by Glenn Beck and a chain e-mail about the H1N1 virus.

By Robert Farley :: Published on Wednesday, October 14th, 2009 at 6:48 p.m.

Health insurance hijinks!

We check claims about a new report on the cost of health care reform, and how health insurance is like baseball.

By Angie Drobnic Holan :: Published on Tuesday, October 13th, 2009 at 6:42 p.m.

The Afghanistan war: A simple explanation

The latest developments on the war in Afghanistan can be downright confusing — questions about more troops, election shenanigans and a resurgent Taliban. Here, we explain what's driving the discussion.

By Angie Drobnic Holan :: Published on Monday, October 12th, 2009 at 1:28 p.m.

Obama's Nobel Prize: More hope than change

We review Obama's campaign promises in light of the Nobel Peace Prize.

By Angie Drobnic Holan :: Published on Friday, October 9th, 2009 at 10:36 a.m.

Michael Moore vs. the Gipper

In his new film, Capitalism: A Love Story , Michael Moore contends the economic policies of President Ronald Reagan marked a turning point when the gap widened between the rich and everyone else. We put Moore's claims to the Truth-O-Meter.

By Robert Farley :: Published on Thursday, October 8th, 2009 at 6:53 p.m.

Speed-reading the health care reform bill?

Rep. Michele Bachmann says three days isn't enough to read the big health care bill. We ask experts how long a typical person would take to read the 1,000 pages.

By Angie Drobnic Holan :: Published on Wednesday, October 7th, 2009 at 6:46 p.m.

New exaggerations in cap-and-trade battle

An industry group says gas prices would hit $4 a gallon and 2 million jobs could be lost. We find the group is stretching the truth.

By Catharine Richert :: Published on Wednesday, October 7th, 2009 at 6:28 a.m.

Drilling for the truth in the oil drilling debate

A leading prodrilling advocate says tourism isn't affected by offshore drilling. An opponent says offshore oil found in the gulf could head overseas.

By Aaron Sharockman :: Published on Tuesday, October 6th, 2009 at 11:43 a.m.

Hey SNL! We've rated Obama's promises!

Saturday Night Live says President Barack Obama hasn't accomplished anything. The Obameter shows a more nuanced picture.

By Angie Drobnic Holan :: Published on Monday, October 5th, 2009 at 10:03 a.m.

More on Moore

We explore some more claims from Michael Moore and his new movie, Capitalism: A Love Story .

By Bill Adair :: Published on Friday, October 2nd, 2009 at 6:21 p.m.

The Michael Moore movie gets a fact-check

With the release of Capitalism: A Love Story , we put the liberal filmmaker — and his movie — to the Truth-O-Meter.

By Bill Adair :: Published on Thursday, October 1st, 2009 at 4:30 p.m.

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