Articles from February, 2011

Fact-checking the federal budget fight

A deadline looms for the federal budget on Friday, with even more deadlines to come.

By Angie Drobnic Holan :: Published on Monday, February 28th, 2011 at 11:35 a.m.

Responding to Rachel Maddow

The MSNBC host criticized PolitiFact for a False rating we gave her and our decision not to issue a correction. We explain our reasoning and post our e-mails to Maddow's producer.

By Bill Adair, Greg Borowski :: Published on Friday, February 25th, 2011 at 2:05 p.m.

Fact-checking the prank call and other Wisconsin claims

During a prank call from a blogger, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker said most of the protesters in Madison were from out of state. We put that and other new claims to the Truth-O-Meter.

By Bill Adair :: Published on Thursday, February 24th, 2011 at 10:49 a.m.

Fact-checking the pundits on Wisconsin's budget

We look at what's being said about the budget controversy in Wisconsin.

By Robert Farley, Angie Drobnic Holan, Dave Umhoefer :: Published on Tuesday, February 22nd, 2011 at 6:53 p.m.

Principles of PolitiFact and the Truth-O-Meter

We explain our process for selecting claims to check and how we make our Truth-O-Meter rulings.

By Bill Adair :: Published on Monday, February 21st, 2011 at 7:30 a.m.

A firestorm in Wisconsin

The budget proposal from Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker has prompted protests, intense debate and lots of factual claims. PolitiFact Wisconsin has put many of them to the Truth-O-Meter.

By Greg Borowski :: Published on Thursday, February 17th, 2011 at 8:15 p.m.

Fact-checking the NRA on 'Right to Carry'

We dig into the numbers on crime and gun laws.

By Angie Drobnic Holan :: Published on Wednesday, February 16th, 2011 at 5:11 p.m.

Let the budget battling begin

The release of President Barack Obama's proposed budget this week has kicked off a back-and-forth over fiscal policy. We start by looking at a claim by the president that  within a couple years, the U.S. will "not be adding more to the national debt."

By Louis Jacobson :: Published on Tuesday, February 15th, 2011 at 5:27 p.m.

Fact-checking Doonesbury

In Sunday's strip, Mark Slackmeyer made a claim about gun deaths. We put it to the Truth-O-Meter.

By Bill Adair, Louis Jacobson :: Published on Monday, February 14th, 2011 at 5:46 p.m.

Fact-checking CPAC

We fact-check speeches from the annual Conservative Political Action Conference in Washington.

By Louis Jacobson :: Published on Friday, February 11th, 2011 at 4:12 p.m.

Are U.S. companies sitting on piles of excess money?

President Barack Obama says they are -- nearly $2 trillion worth, in fact. And he tells the Chamber of Commerce it's time for wary businesses to get in the game and start investing that money in business expansion and new employees.

By Robert Farley :: Published on Thursday, February 10th, 2011 at 5:42 p.m.

Maddow takes on Fox News over New Black Panther Party

In an interview with David Letterman, MSNBC host Rachel Maddow said that Fox News had said that "the New Black Panther Party decided the election for Barack Obama." We checked her claim.

By Louis Jacobson :: Published on Wednesday, February 9th, 2011 at 5:40 p.m.

Judging Reagan's legacy: The Gipper meets the Truth-O-Meter

Ronald Reagan -- who would have turned 100 this month -- remains a figure of fascination throughout the ideological spectrum. One sign is that claims about his presidency regularly reach the Truth-O-Meter. Here are a dozen of our rulings on the Reagan legacy.

By Louis Jacobson :: Published on Tuesday, February 8th, 2011 at 4:54 p.m.

Fact-checking Bill O'Reilly's interview with President Barack Obama

We fact-check the Fox News host's sit-down with the president.

By Angie Drobnic Holan :: Published on Monday, February 7th, 2011 at 4:22 p.m.

Fact-checking claims on Egypt and Israel

We look at three statements about the Middle East.

By Robert Farley, Angie Drobnic Holan :: Published on Friday, February 4th, 2011 at 6:08 p.m.

For Reid, it's always sunny in Nevada

In a televised interview, Sen. Harry Reid of Nevada said that his home state could be "energy independent within the immediate future." But we found that the math doesn't work out.

By Louis Jacobson :: Published on Thursday, February 3rd, 2011 at 4:53 p.m.

Keeping health plans you like -- or not

When President Barack Obama said, "If you like your health care plan, you can keep your health care plan," it was catchy -- but it offered an opening for Republican critiques. Today, almost a year after the bill passed, it's still inspiring GOP attacks.

By Louis Jacobson :: Published on Wednesday, February 2nd, 2011 at 6:40 p.m.

A 3.8 percent 'sales tax' on real estate transactions for health care?

A clause in the law sparked a Pants on Fire chain e-mail that's still going strong.

By Angie Drobnic Holan :: Published on Tuesday, February 1st, 2011 at 5:16 p.m.

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