Articles from April, 2012

Who to blame for the price at the pump? Tough to say

Summer is coming, the general election is cranking up and that means the price of gas will be talked about. A lot. Find out why explaining it -- and figuring out who to blame for it -- isn't so simple.

Books: 'The Righteous Mind: Why Good People are Divided by Religion and Politics'

We talk with social psychologist and author Jonathan Haidt about politics and fact-checking.

Joe the Plumber turns on the spigot again

Ohio congressional candidate Samuel Wurzelbacher, who gained fame as "Joe the Plumber" during the 2008 presidential election, says President Obama's parents were communists. PolitiFact Ohio put that claim to the Truth-O-Meter.

Checking Romney's secret weapon: Infographics

Mitt Romney's campaign has been attacking President Barack Obama for how the economy has treated key demographic groups. Each time the Romney campaign has used the same tactic: Hurling a blizzard of negative statistics in neatly organized graphics. How accurate are they?

Checking a claim on Facebook about bank bonuses

A statistic was twisted by a game of telephone in its journey from a coroporate annual report to a Facebook post.

PolitiFact and MTV team up for fantasy politics game

MTV will be using our Truth-O-Meter ratings to help power its new game, "Fantasy Politics '12."  Players will gain or lose points based on the ratings candidates earn from PolitiFact.

Fact-checking claims in the Wisconsin recall election

As the recall battle over Gov. Scott Walker heats up, PolitiFact Wisconsin is checking the facts. Here's a roundup of some of the most recent claims.

In context: Obama's comments on eating dog in Indonesia

In response to the criticism of Mitt Romney's practice of transporting his dog on the roof of the family station wagon, some Republicans have noted that President Barack Obama ate dog when he was a child in Indonesia. Here's a look at what Obama has said about the meals.

In Context: Ted Nugent saying if Obama wins, 'I will either be dead or in jail'

Conservative rocker Ted Nugent grabbed the attention of the Secret Service when he discussed President Barack Obama at this weekend's NRA convention. Here's what "Uncle Ted" told the "stone-cold, hell-raisin' bad mofos."

Stimulus still paying for Obama's promises

The economic stimulus remains a lightning rod for Republican attacks, but it keeps paying dividends for the president.

A shirtless Putin and Obama as secret agent

A funny ad from American Crossroads makes fun of President Obama's private comments to a Russian diplomat. We turn up on the volume on what Obama really said.

Fact-checking a pair of claims on crime

The killing of Trayvon Martin in Sanford, Fla., has driven politicians of all stripes to make claims about firearms and crime. Today, we look at two of them.

In Context: Hilary Rosen saying Ann Romney 'never worked a day in her life'

Our latest installment in our In Context series putting controversial statements in their full context: what Democratic strategist and CNN political contributor Hilary Rosen said about Ann Romney's work experience.

Romney campaign blames Obama for women's economic distress

Romney ratchets up the rhetoric to blame the president. But we find two claims are Mostly False.

Fake 'Arizona border raid' a lie that won't die

A version of a chain email debunked two years ago makes fresh rounds — with a fresh date. "Why was there no news coverage of this raid on the Arizona border? ... Seizure was just five days ago. Right on the Arizona border!" Just five days ago? On the Arizona border? Nope.

The veep-stakes

With the question of who will be at the top of the Republican presidential ticket looking more and more settled, attention is turning to the No. 2 spot. Who will be the vice presidential pick?

Their eyes are on November

President Barack Obama and likely Republican nominee Mitt Romney used dueling speeches to newspaper executives to preview the general election campaign.

Rick Santorum’s inaccurate streak on the Truth-O-Meter

In recent months Rick Santorum has received a higher percentage of PolitiFact ratings of Mostly False, False and Pants on Fire.

No shortage of energy claims -- true and otherwise

Politicians won't let you forget that you're paying more for gasoline. Voters are feeling the pinch, and leaders at the top are eager to point the finger. We explore a few of their claims.

A look at some familiar campaign attack ads

With primary voting Tuesday in Wisconsin, Maryland and D.C., attack ads are dominating the airwaves. We revisit some familiar claims.