Articles from October, 2010
We know these are your favorites. Here's some of ours.
Occasionally candidates and other political groups told the truth this campaign season. Here are a few examples.
After examining hundreds of claims in the 2010 campaign, we've seen some patterns in how candidates -- and outside groups -- have twisted the facts.
PolitiFact's analysis of our 2010 fact-checking finds campaigns often begin with a kernel of truth. But then they stretch it, twist it and blow it up.
When politicians want to tie their opponents to a controversial bill, there are few tactics as powerful as labeling their vote for the bill as "the deciding vote." But determining a deciding vote is harder than it looks.
Our 8th state site, a partnership with the Richmond Times-Dispatch, brings the Truth-O-Meter to the Old Dominion.
Independent Charlie Crist and Democrat Kendrick Meek went on the offensive against Republican U.S. Senate frontrunner Marco Rubio during a live CNN/St. Petersburg Times debate on Oct. 24, 2010. Who scored points with the Truth-O-Meter?
We put ads from the Golden State races to the test on our Truth-O-Meter.
Democrats keep battering Republicans over the "Fair Tax," a national sales tax proposal. But does an ad run by a labor group against a GOP candidate go too far in labeling the plan double taxation?
In the race for President Obama's old Senate seat in Illinois, voters have seen a steady stream of negative ads. We checked in on the latest from Democrat Alexi Giannoulias and Republican Mark Kirk.
We've noticed a distinct lack of originality in this year's campaign ads. Candidates across the country are using identical lines.
We fact-check a campaign ad from the closely contested race between Michael Bennet and Ken Buck.
A number of Democratic candidates in tight races have attacked Republican opponents who have voiced support for a proposal to replace federal income taxes with a tax on retail sales, the so-called "Fair Tax." But too often, the ads only mention half the equation -- the part about the sales tax.
We tally our Truth-O-Meter rulings on ads from outside groups and find they are filled with exaggerations and falsehoods.
Christine O'Donnell, the Republican nominee for a U.S. Senate seat from Delaware, pivoted from dispelling notions that she's a witch to taking on Democrat Chris Coons over taxes. But how accurate are her attacks?
In the Illinois governor's race, a dramatic ad from incumbent Pat Quinn attacks Republican Bill Brady for introducing a bill that would make it easier to euthanize dogs. We check the facts.
President Barack Obama finds a target for his speculation about foreign money being used for attack ads against Democrats: the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. But George Will counters that it's no different than AFL-CIO. We check the facts.
Last month, we looked at Democratic exaggerations claiming Republicans wanted to "privatize Social Security." Now we look at the GOP's attempt to alarm seniors, alleging that Democrats want to cut Medicare.
We check the latest attack ads on claims that Rand Paul supports a $2,000 deductible for Medicare and that Harry Reid wants sex offenders to get Viagra.
No-party Gov. Charlie Crist, Democratic U.S. Rep. Kendrick Meek and Republican Marco Rubio tossed out numbers galore in the Senate debate. Fortunately, we've been checking the facts.
Rep. Alan Grayson, a Florida Democrat, made waves (and enemies) when he ran an ad that called his opponent "Taliban Dan." Now he he's airing a new ad that tones back the rhetoric a bit. We check the facts.
The Rev. Franklin Graham said Muslim countries won't allow the construction of churches and synagogues. We checked the facts.
An attack ad in Missouri accuses Rep. Roy Blunt of inserting language into a national security bill to benefit tobacco giant Philip Morris while he was dating a Philip Morris lobbyist and cashing campaign checks from Philip Morris executives. We check it out.
Yes, California seniors should be worried -- about misleading campaign commercials.
It's the biennial ritual of autumn: an avalanche of attack ads. You know what that means: It's a great time to be a fact-checker!