Articles from December, 2010
We checked lots of strange claims in 2010. We're not sure why so many of them involved animals.
We review our favorite reader comments. One says "Glenn Beck rules, PolitiFact drools." Another says, "If I could marry a website, I would be Mrs. Politifact.com."
Throughout the year, we put pundits such as Glenn Beck, Rachel Maddow and Rush Limbaugh to the Truth-O-Meter. Here are our favorite items, which cover the spectrum from True to Pants on Fire.
Our list includes timely topics, chain e-mails and Michele Bachmann.
Rhetoric during the 2010 campaign season was so filled with falsehoods and exaggerations that we rated the entire election Barely True. But the year also had its share of true statements. Here are five that surprised us for being correct.
We launched partner sites in eight states in 2010 and found the Truth-O-Meter worked as well on governors and mayors as it does on the president. To end the year, we review some of our favorite state Truth-O-Meter items.
Many readers didn't agree with our choice. One complains about our "alleged fact-checking swill."
The Senate approved a nuclear treaty between the United States and Russia, sending the Obameter to Promise Kept.
We continue our work reconciling the bipartisan tax law with Obama's campaign promises.
We spotted the bumper sticker in Northwest Washington, D.C. So we put it to the Truth-O-Meter.
We look at President Obama's campaign promises in light of recent action from Congress.
The Republican talking point was the most pervasive falsehood of the year, used hundreds of times by GOP leaders and candidates. And it worked: a majority of Americans believe the law is a government takeover.
Readers' poll winner
Extended excerpts from an interview with Howard Dean
Readers comment on PolitiFact's 'Lie of the Year'
We'll be announcing the year's most significant falsehood here at 11:30 p.m., and we'll be discussing it on Nightline and tomorrow on NPR's Morning Edition.
In a Wall Street Journal op-ed, outgoing Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty, a potential 2012 Republican presidential candidate, said government has added 590,000 jobs since January 2008. We found he was way off.
Critics on both sides of the political aisle criticize the estate tax estate tax portion of the compromise plan on taxes. We check one from each side.
Former GOP strategist Matthew Dowd said on ABC's This Week that the economy has "only worsened" since Barack Obama became president. We look at a range of economic statistics to gauge whether he's right.
The Vermont senator's filibuster includes facts we happened to be checking from his Nov. 30 speech. He earns a True and a False.
The president wrongly describes the history of the two programs. The Truth-O-Meter turns red.
With the DREAM Act heating up in Congress, so too is the rhetoric about it. We take a look at several claims from opponents of the bill, which would provide a path to citizenship for children brought to the United States illegally if they complete two years of college or in the military.
A pending tax deal between President Obama and the Republicans prompts us to review his campaign promises.
We'll announce the winner soon. And make sure you vote for the Readers' Choice award.
The talk show host likens an Ohio town to Bedford Falls from It's a Wonderful Life. PolitiFact Ohio checked to see if he was right that the town didn't want federal help.
With Congress debating whether to extend the Bush tax cuts, there have been lots of claims about public opinion and who is responsible for the cuts expiring. We check claims from Sarah Palin and John Boehner.
We debunk Internet rumors that a proposed food safety law means U.S. government inspections for home gardeners.