Articles from April, 2012
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.
We talk with social psychologist and author Jonathan Haidt about politics and fact-checking.
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.
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?
A statistic was twisted by a game of telephone in its journey from a coroporate annual report to a Facebook post.
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.
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 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.
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."
The economic stimulus remains a lightning rod for Republican attacks, but it keeps paying dividends for the president.
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.
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.
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 ratchets up the rhetoric to blame the president. But we find two claims are Mostly False.
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.
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?
President Barack Obama and likely Republican nominee Mitt Romney used dueling speeches to newspaper executives to preview the general election campaign.
In recent months Rick Santorum has received a higher percentage of PolitiFact ratings of Mostly False, False and Pants on Fire.
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.
With primary voting Tuesday in Wisconsin, Maryland and D.C., attack ads are dominating the airwaves. We revisit some familiar claims.