Saturday, December 20th, 2014

The pundits, 0 for 3

Rachel Maddow claimed President Bush never gave an interview to the New York Times.
Rachel Maddow claimed President Bush never gave an interview to the New York Times.

As part of our new emphasis on checking pundits and talk show hosts, we've done three checks on some recent claims by Rachel Maddow, Bill O'Reilly and Mary Matalin.

* Maddow claimed that President George W. Bush never gave an interview to the New York Times . We found three. Maddow earned a False.

* Matalin claimed that the Earth has been cooling the last 10 years. We checked the climate data and found that's not the case. Another False.

* O'Reilly claimed that the tale of White House adviser Anita Dunn's remarks about Mao Tse-tung was only covered by Fox. But we found plenty of coverage by other outlets. False again.

To check all our ratings on pundits and talk show hosts, see our Pundit page .