Articles from September, 2010

Obama exaggerates his record on campaign promises

He says he's kept 70 percent of his promises. But our Obameter says the number is much lower.

Was Feingold really in front of his house?

A Milwaukee talk show host claims that the Feingold ad is a fake. PolitiFact Wisconsin goes behind the green screen to find the truth.

Fact-checking Alan Grayson's 'Taliban Dan Webster' ad

Alan Grayson, the pull-no-punches Democrat from Central Florida, has launched a stinging new ad equating his Republican opponent's views to those of the Taliban. PolitiFact Florida takes a look at two of the claims.

Axelrod takes on the Republicans on This Week

White House adviser David Axelrod tried to attack the GOP agenda on This Week with Christiane Amanpour. We rate his accuracy here.

PolitiFact state sites are now from coast to coast

Fulfilling our fact-checking manifest destiny, The Oregonian launches PolitiFact Oregon, our seventh state site. And there are more to come.

Fact-checking Pelosi's criticism of Boehner

Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi used a quote by House Minority Leader John Boehner to show how the GOP wants to go back to past economic policies. But Boehner's comment was about social issues.

GOP Ad Guru Fred Davis versus the Truth-O-Meter

Fred Davis is the man behind some of the most widely-viewed viral campaign videos over the past couple years. PolitiFact has weighed in on many of them.

Fact-checking Obama's town hall on the economy

The president goes two for three on statements about taxes, Wall Street and help for automakers.  

The Truth-O-Meter report card on Michele Bachmann

We've checked the Minnesota Republican 11 times and she's never scored higher than a False.

Does your natural gas flow through wood pipes?

Bill Maher said it might. But we failed to find convincing evidence to support his claim.

Fact-checking Sen. Barbara Boxer's attack ad on Carly Fiorina's record at HP

Fiorina is accused of laying off tens of thousands of HP workers and shipping jobs overseas at the same time her salary tripled and perks expanded.

Checking in on tough campaign promises

No one said the presidency was easy! We report the latest on closing Guantanamo, stopping extreme rendition, enforcing paygo rules, and ending the abuse of supplemental war budgets.

Fact-checking "Wizard of Oz" ad that casts Nancy Pelosi as Wicked Witch of the West

Republican John Dennis scored a viral video hit with his Wizard of Oz themed ad, which casts his opponent, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, in the role of the Wicked Witch of the West. We check a claim in the ad that taxpayers pay $18,000 a month for Pelosi's district office in downtown San Francisco.

Fact-checking Austan Goolsbee

The new head of President Obama's Council of Economic Advisers answers questions on "This Week with Christiane Amanpour" -- and makes his debut with the Truth-O-Meter.

White House exaggerates Boehner's tax cut stance

The White House says the Republican leader changed his position on the tax cuts. We find it's not much of a change.

Beheadings, kidnappings and other immigration distortions

We check some of the worst distortions in the immigration debate.

Obama, back in campaign mode, jabs at GOP

With Democrats facing tough 2010 midterm elections, Obama attacks Republicans in two speeches.

Ridiculous claims light up the Truth-O-Meter

Claims about beheadings in Arizona, a bogus Charlie Crist endorsement and something Condi Rice never said earn Pants on Fire ratings.

Exploring the similarities between 1982 and today

Some political analysts say there are similarities between the recession Reagan faced in 1982 and the one President Obama faces today. We check the facts on a claim about unemployment.  

PolitiFact's Fall TV Preview

Our new viewer's guide tells you what to expect from the impending avalanche of campaign ads. You'll see candidates attacked for being lobbyists and insiders pretending to be outsiders.

Announcing PolitiFact Wisconsin

We add our sixth state to the PolitiFact network, a partnership with the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. And we've got more state sites to announce soon.

Mailbag: 'Glenn Beck rules, PolitiFact drools.'

Readers sound off on our latest fact-checks about the New York City mosque, government spending and Glenn Beck.

Democratic exaggerations about "privatizing Social Security"

The Democratic talking point that Republicans want to "privatize Social Security" has been a potent attack since 2005, when it helped defeat a proposal from President Bush. Now Democrats are using it against Republican candidates.

Rating tax attacks in Pennsylvania Senate race

Republican Pat Toomey and Democrat Joe Sestak have beat up on each other with advertisements over tax policy. We sort through the charges.