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.

By Molly Moorhead :: Published on Sunday, April 29th, 2012 at 6:00 a.m.

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.

By Angie Drobnic Holan :: Published on Saturday, April 28th, 2012 at 10:00 a.m.

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.

By Bill Adair :: Published on Friday, April 27th, 2012 at 12:53 p.m.

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?

By Louis Jacobson :: Published on Thursday, April 26th, 2012 at 4:48 p.m.

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.

By Louis Jacobson :: Published on Wednesday, April 25th, 2012 at 11:20 a.m.

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.

By Bill Adair :: Published on Tuesday, April 24th, 2012 at 11:00 a.m.

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.

By Dave Umhoefer :: Published on Monday, April 23rd, 2012 at 9:52 a.m.

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.

By Louis Jacobson :: Published on Friday, April 20th, 2012 at 12:08 p.m.

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."

By Becky Bowers :: Published on Thursday, April 19th, 2012 at 3:56 p.m.

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.

By Bill Adair, Rob Feinberg :: Published on Wednesday, April 18th, 2012 at 4:31 p.m.

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.

By Molly Moorhead :: Published on Tuesday, April 17th, 2012 at 3:31 p.m.

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.

By Louis Jacobson :: Published on Monday, April 16th, 2012 at 3:53 p.m.

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.

By Becky Bowers :: Published on Friday, April 13th, 2012 at 11:21 a.m.

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.

By Martha M. Hamilton :: Published on Thursday, April 12th, 2012 at 3:50 p.m.

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.

By Becky Bowers :: Published on Tuesday, April 10th, 2012 at 4:30 p.m.

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?

By Martha M. Hamilton :: Published on Monday, April 9th, 2012 at 11:27 a.m.

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.

By Martha M. Hamilton :: Published on Thursday, April 5th, 2012 at 12:31 p.m.

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.

By Martha M. Hamilton :: Published on Wednesday, April 4th, 2012 at 1:13 p.m.

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.

By Molly Moorhead :: Published on Tuesday, April 3rd, 2012 at 11:48 a.m.

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.

By Martha M. Hamilton, James B. Nelson :: Published on Monday, April 2nd, 2012 at 12:22 p.m.

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