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.

By Angie Drobnic Holan :: Published on Thursday, September 30th, 2010 at 6:29 p.m.

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.

By James B. Nelson, Don Walker :: Published on Wednesday, September 29th, 2010 at 3:35 p.m.

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.

By Aaron Sharockman :: Published on Tuesday, September 28th, 2010 at 3:52 p.m.

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.

By Louis Jacobson :: Published on Tuesday, September 28th, 2010 at 11:09 a.m.

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.

By Bill Adair :: Published on Sunday, September 26th, 2010 at 6:24 p.m.

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.

By Louis Jacobson :: Published on Friday, September 24th, 2010 at 1:34 p.m.

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.

By Robert Farley :: Published on Thursday, September 23rd, 2010 at 3:35 p.m.

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.  

By Angie Drobnic Holan, Louis Jacobson :: Published on Wednesday, September 22nd, 2010 at 1:17 p.m.

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.

By Louis Jacobson :: Published on Tuesday, September 21st, 2010 at 11:28 a.m.

Does your natural gas flow through wood pipes?

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

By Louis Jacobson :: Published on Monday, September 20th, 2010 at 10:02 a.m.

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.

By Robert Farley :: Published on Friday, September 17th, 2010 at 4:42 p.m.

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.

By Angie Drobnic Holan, Lukas Pleva :: Published on Thursday, September 16th, 2010 at 10:11 a.m.

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.

By Robert Farley :: Published on Wednesday, September 15th, 2010 at 12:06 p.m.

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.

By Robert Farley, Angie Drobnic Holan :: Published on Tuesday, September 14th, 2010 at 2:06 p.m.

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.

By Louis Jacobson :: Published on Monday, September 13th, 2010 at 5:23 p.m.

Beheadings, kidnappings and other immigration distortions

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

By Robert Farley :: Published on Friday, September 10th, 2010 at 3:01 p.m.

Obama, back in campaign mode, jabs at GOP

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

By Angie Drobnic Holan :: Published on Thursday, September 9th, 2010 at 6:39 p.m.

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.

By Bill Adair :: Published on Wednesday, September 8th, 2010 at 5:51 p.m.

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.  

By Louis Jacobson :: Published on Tuesday, September 7th, 2010 at 4:43 p.m.

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.

By Bill Adair :: Published on Monday, September 6th, 2010 at 6:00 a.m.

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.

By Bill Adair :: Published on Sunday, September 5th, 2010 at 6:00 a.m.

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.

By Angie Drobnic Holan :: Published on Friday, September 3rd, 2010 at 6:09 p.m.

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.

By Angie Drobnic Holan, Lukas Pleva :: Published on Thursday, September 2nd, 2010 at 5:38 p.m.

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.

By Louis Jacobson :: Published on Wednesday, September 1st, 2010 at 5:17 p.m.

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