Articles from November, 2011

Checking the RNC ad 'welcoming' Obama to Scranton

The Republican National Committee used President Barack Obama's trip to Scranton, Pa., to resurrect a speech he'd made there in early 2008. But do the numbers in the RNC's Web ad support its criticism of the president?

Checking more claims from the DNC ad that says Romney flip-flopped

The Democratic National Committee put out two videos on Oct. 28, 2011 -- a 30-second version and one four minutes long -- that portray former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney as a chronic flip-flopper. The four-minute version was packed full of claims that we're still checking.

Pat Boone earns his first Pants on Fire

Yes, THAT Pat Boone! The singer is way off-tune in an Ohio campaign commercial that tries to scare seniors. Ain't that a shame?

Fact-checking the CNN-think tank debate

The Republican debate, sponsored by CNN, the Heritage Foundation and the American Enterprise Institute, produced some lively discussions about national security and diplomacy. We put some of the claims to the Truth-O-Meter.

Checking Gingrich that Dodd-Frank is destroying community banks

Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich says community banks "are being destroyed" by the Dodd-Frank financial overhaul bill passed by Congress in 2010. We check the facts.

Did President Obama call Americans lazy?

A new 30-second television ad by Texas Gov. Rick Perry makes that claim, and we inspect.

Fact-checking Solyndra

The company's unique solar cells once attracted private investors. Now taxpayers could lose millions. We check the facts.

Updating the Obameter

Anticipating a new round of promises in next year's presidential election, we're updating the Obameter, our award-winning feature that tracks President Obama's campaign promises.

Checking Ron Paul and Barack Obama on torture

During the Republican candidates debate in South Carolina on Nov. 12, 2011, Rep. Ron Paul, R-Tex., didn't hedge. "Torture is illegal by our laws. It's illegal by international laws," he said. Is it? And what's Barack Obama's record on the issue?

Will administrators soon outnumber professors?

We've checked a claim that former House Speaker Newt Gingrich made in the debate on the economy in Michigan Nov. 9, that by 2014 "there will be one administrator for every teacher on college campuses in the United States."

There's more to television than just debates

We also found facts to check on "The Daily Show" with Jon Stewart.

After the debate, fresh facts to check

Even after the Oct. 9, 2011 Republican candidates' debate was over, we wondered about what some candidates said. For instance, does the U.S. really send enough in interest payments to China to fund the People's Liberation Army?

Fact-checking the Republican debate in Michigan

The Republicans debated in Michigan on Wednesday night. We're on the job.

It's election day!

Voters are headed to the polls in several states, including in Ohio, where labor unions hope to overturn a measure approved by Gov. John Kasich and the Republican-led Legislature that limits bargaining rights for public employees, including firefighters and police officers.

Rick Perry said his tax plan produces tax cuts for all

"No matter where you are in the stratosphere, you're going to be getting a tax cut," said Republican presidential contender and Texas Gov. Rick Perry, speaking of his flat-tax plan.

Mailbag: 'You're keeping my head from exploding'

This week's mail included some thoughtful criticism about our recent fact-checks on Facebook posts.

PolitiFact, NPR team up to fact-check campaign ads

We're launching Message Machine, a feature that will fact-check campaign ads, messages on social media and robocalls. You can read the results on our site and hear segments on NPR programs.

Has Obama really kept 60% of his campaign promises? Not by our count.

President Obama told his supporters that he keeps a list of promises in his desk and has kept 60 percent of them. We keep a list, too -- our Obameter -- and we find he's far short of that.

Bachmann blames Obama for cost, deaths of Iraq war

The Minnesota Republican says President Obama is responsible for spending $805 billion and 4,400 deaths. The Truth-O-Meter bursts into flames.