Articles from December, 2011

PolitiFact's guide for Iowa caucus-goers

Trying to make sense of all the mudslinging? Here's a handy summary of our fact-checks on the attacks.

By Molly Moorhead :: Published on Saturday, December 31st, 2011 at 3:00 p.m.

The PolitiFact report card on the presidential candidates

We compare the candidates' records on the Truth-O-Meter. Paul and Romney lean toward True; Bachmann and Gingrich lean False.

By Bill Adair :: Published on Friday, December 30th, 2011 at 6:00 p.m.

Mitt Romney and the Truth-O-Meter

The former Massachusetts governor has a relatively even PolitiFact record, about the same number of ratings at the True end of the spectrum as on the False end.

By Angie Drobnic Holan :: Published on Friday, December 30th, 2011 at 8:11 a.m.

Newt Gingrich and the Truth-O-Meter

As Newt Gingrich rose in the polls, his record on the Truth-O-Meter plummeted.

By Louis Jacobson :: Published on Thursday, December 29th, 2011 at 10:47 a.m.

Gov. Rick Perry and the Truth-O-Meter

The Texas governor is famous for his bold statements. But our Truth-O-Meter report card shows many of them are often wrong.

By Molly Moorhead :: Published on Wednesday, December 28th, 2011 at 10:50 a.m.

Rep. Ron Paul and the Truth-O-Meter

We assess Ron Paul's record on the Truth-O-Meter. Overall, his record leans toward truth.

By Angie Drobnic Holan :: Published on Tuesday, December 27th, 2011 at 9:38 a.m.

Rick Santorum and the Truth-O-Meter

The former Pennsylvania senator has been rated 13 times, usually earning a Half True or lower.

By Molly Moorhead :: Published on Monday, December 26th, 2011 at 4:00 p.m.

Jon Huntsman and the Truth-O-Meter

When we've checked former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman, he's typically earned a Half True or higher on the Truth-O-Meter.

By Louis Jacobson :: Published on Sunday, December 25th, 2011 at 12:00 p.m.

Michele Bachmann and the Truth-O-Meter

In the first of a series of report cards on the Republican presidential candidates, we review Michele Bachmann's record on the Truth-O-Meter.

By Bill Adair :: Published on Saturday, December 24th, 2011 at 9:10 a.m.

Mailbag: Lie of the Year 2011 Edition

Readers and bloggers didn't like our choice for Lie of the Year. Here is a sampling of their responses.  

By Louis Jacobson :: Published on Friday, December 23rd, 2011 at 3:00 p.m.

Fact-checking in the Echo Chamber Nation

We respond to criticism about our 2011 Lie of the Year.

By Bill Adair :: Published on Thursday, December 22nd, 2011 at 4:26 p.m.

Are federal officials allowed to say 'Merry Christmas'?

Newt Gingrich says it's against the law. We check the rules and end up throwing some britches on the yule log.

By Louis Jacobson :: Published on Wednesday, December 21st, 2011 at 6:22 p.m.

Lie of the Year 2011: 'Republicans voted to end Medicare'

In campaign ads, web videos and TV interviews, Democrats repeatedly said House Republicans had "voted to end Medicare." Our 2011 winner is the latest in a long history of scare tactics aimed at senior citizens.

By Bill Adair, Angie Drobnic Holan :: Published on Tuesday, December 20th, 2011 at 12:05 a.m.

Lie of the Year 2011: Readers' poll results

The claim that economic stimulus created "zero jobs" was the No. 1 choice of PolitiFact readers.

By Angie Drobnic Holan :: Published on Tuesday, December 20th, 2011 at 12:03 a.m.

How we chose the 2011 Lie of the Year

For the first time, PolitiFact editors and readers chose different claims as the Lie of the Year.

By Bill Adair :: Published on Tuesday, December 20th, 2011 at 12:01 a.m.

Fact-checking the final Iowa debate

At the final Iowa debate, Rep. Michele Bachmann said that at the last debate, PolitiFact "came out and said that everything I said was true." Actually, she earned a Pants on Fire.

By Bill Adair :: Published on Friday, December 16th, 2011 at 8:28 a.m.

Greatest hits from the Republican debates

With the candidates meeting for the 16th debate tonight, we review our most interesting fact-checks from the previous 15.

By Angie Drobnic Holan, Louis Jacobson :: Published on Thursday, December 15th, 2011 at 10:29 a.m.

Fact-checking the Huntsman-Gingrich debate

It may not be remembered as long as the Lincoln-Douglas debates on which it was modeled, but we found some interesting claims to check.

By Martha M. Hamilton :: Published on Wednesday, December 14th, 2011 at 11:53 a.m.

Is Gingrich right about teacher and janitor salaries?

He says entry-level janitors in New York make twice what entry-level teachers make. We put his claim to the Truth-O-Meter.

By Louis Jacobson :: Published on Tuesday, December 13th, 2011 at 11:05 a.m.

Fact-checking the Iowa Republican debate

The Republican candidates discussed the economy, immigration -- and a $10,000 bet. We put some of their claims to the Truth-O-Meter.

By Bill Adair, Martha M. Hamilton :: Published on Sunday, December 11th, 2011 at 3:25 p.m.

Rick Perry's False claim about prayer and Christmas

The Texas governor says in a TV ad that it's wrong that "gays can serve openly in the military but our kids can't openly celebrate Christmas or pray in school." We examined his claim about prayer and Christmas and rated it False.

By Bill Adair :: Published on Saturday, December 10th, 2011 at 9:32 a.m.

Is Jon Stewart right that Congress often worked on Christmas?

We don't usually check comedians, but a factual claim by Jon Stewart piqued our interest. Did Congress often work on Christmas? We put his claim to the Truth-O-Meter.

By Bill Adair :: Published on Friday, December 9th, 2011 at 6:48 a.m.

Polls close Friday for PolitiFact's Lie of the Year

Our Readers' Choice Award has prompted lots of discussion, as Rep. Paul Ryan and others urge their supporters to vote. Polls close at 5 p.m. Eastern time on Friday.

By Bill Adair :: Published on Thursday, December 8th, 2011 at 11:58 a.m.

Checking Newt Gingrich's jabs about jobs

Newt Gingrich says President Obama is killing jobs. We put the claims to the Truth-O-Meter.

By Louis Jacobson :: Published on Wednesday, December 7th, 2011 at 5:43 p.m.

Fact-checking the Chamber of Commerce

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce has launched its year-long advertising blitz targeting foes such as U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown. We put the claims to the Truth-O-Meter.

By Bill Adair :: Published on Tuesday, December 6th, 2011 at 8:52 a.m.

Finalists announced for 2011 Lie of the Year

We'll soon be naming our winner. Vote now in our Readers' Choice poll!

By Angie Drobnic Holan :: Published on Friday, December 2nd, 2011 at 2:59 p.m.

Is Newt right? Food stamps can take you to Hawaii?

Presidential hopeful Newt Gingrich made some extraordinary claims about food stamps. We check them out.

By Louis Jacobson :: Published on Thursday, December 1st, 2011 at 6:43 p.m.

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