Articles from February, 2012

Hey, Super Tuesday states! Send us your suggestions!

If you live in a Super Tuesday state, send us examples of campaign ads, mailings or robocalls that you think we should fact-check.

By Bill Adair :: Published on Tuesday, February 28th, 2012 at 3:01 p.m.

Did Obama say everyone should go to college?

Rick Santorum called Barack Obama a "snob" because he "once said he wants everybody in America to go to college." We check 18 Obama speeches and find that's not what he said.

By Louis Jacobson :: Published on Monday, February 27th, 2012 at 6:05 p.m.

In Context: Santorum on church and state

In an interview on ABC's This Week, the former senator explained his disagreement with John F. Kennedy's 1960 speech about religion.

By Bill Adair :: Published on Monday, February 27th, 2012 at 2:47 p.m.

A contest for our 5,000th: Predict our 10,000th

We've hit a milestone -- our 5,000th Truth-O-Meter fact-check. We're having a contest for the most creative predictions of our 10,000th. Winners get PolitiFact merchandise!

By Bill Adair :: Published on Friday, February 24th, 2012 at 12:00 p.m.

5,000!

We've reached a milestone: our 5,000th Truth-O-Meter article! To celebrate, we're reviewing our most popular fact-checks of the past five years and the share of True, False and Pants on Fires.

By Bill Adair :: Published on Friday, February 24th, 2012 at 9:19 a.m.

Fact-checking the Arizona presidential debate

The 20th episode of our favorite show had some familiar claims and some new ones. We put them to the Truth-O-Meter.

By Bill Adair, Angie Drobnic Holan :: Published on Wednesday, February 22nd, 2012 at 11:55 p.m.

In Context: Santorum on Satan

In the latest installment in our occasional series, we provide the full context for Rick Santorum's 2008 comments about Satan.

By Molly Moorhead :: Published on Wednesday, February 22nd, 2012 at 5:45 p.m.

For birthday of president No. 1, a look No. 44

In honor of Washington’s Birthday, we’re throwing the spotlight on our current leader’s record for truth-telling. President Barack Obama, PolitiFact's most fact-checked politician, has faced the Truth-O-Meter more than 340 times.

By Becky Bowers :: Published on Sunday, February 19th, 2012 at 12:00 p.m.

Keeping facts straight on 98% of Catholic women

We delve into criticism that we missed the facts with our Mostly True rating on the claim that 98 percent of Catholic women have used contraception.

By Becky Bowers :: Published on Friday, February 17th, 2012 at 12:09 p.m.

Fact-checking the U.S. Chamber of Commerce

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce jumped into congressional races with a barrage of ads this month, focusing on the economy, jobs and taxes. But they all had issues with the truth.

By Becky Bowers :: Published on Thursday, February 16th, 2012 at 3:58 p.m.

Is 'Glee' right about the growth of Spanish?

We throw a cold Slushie on a factual claim by a character on the show who says the Census Bureau believes a majority of Americans will speak Spanish as their first language by 2030.

By Amy Sherman :: Published on Tuesday, February 14th, 2012 at 3:35 p.m.

The perfect last-minute Valentine’s Day gift

What’s more heart-melting than your very own Pants on Fire button? Give your loved one the PolitiFact Mobile App. Nothing says true love like the Truth-O-Meter!

By Becky Bowers :: Published on Monday, February 13th, 2012 at 4:22 p.m.

In Context: Santorum on women in combat

Here's the full context for the controversial remark by the Pennsylvania Republican on women in combat.

By Bill Adair :: Published on Saturday, February 11th, 2012 at 10:01 a.m.

The health care law, Catholics and birth control

The White House announced a compromise today on who pays for free contraception. Here's our guide to the policy that prompted president's new plan.

By Becky Bowers :: Published on Friday, February 10th, 2012 at 10:44 a.m.

On the Stump: Checking Romney's Nevada speech

In the first in a series examining the speeches of the presidential candidates, we examined claims that Mitt Romney made in Nevada.

By Bill Adair :: Published on Wednesday, February 8th, 2012 at 6:45 p.m.

Checking Obama's promises on flexible-fuel cars

During the 2008 campaign, Barack Obama promised to boost the market for flex-fuel cars, which run on an ethanol-gasoline blend. We check how he's doing.

By Louis Jacobson :: Published on Wednesday, February 8th, 2012 at 10:50 a.m.

Did Newt Gingrich pay a $300,000 'fine'?

We're revising our ruling to Mostly True.

By Angie Drobnic Holan, Louis Jacobson :: Published on Tuesday, February 7th, 2012 at 4:55 p.m.

Does Obama 'demonize,' 'denigrate' almost every sector of our economy?

Mitt Romney has adopted a new attack against President Barack Obama -- that the president "demonizes and denigrates almost every sector of our economy." We took a closer look by reviewing dozens of Obama's speeches and public remarks.

By Louis Jacobson :: Published on Monday, February 6th, 2012 at 4:25 p.m.

Men, monkeys and the origin of AIDS

PolitiFact Tennessee explores the controversial claim of a state senator that AIDS was transmitted to humans because "one guy" had sex with "a monkey" and then started "having sex with men."

By Zack McMillin :: Published on Friday, February 3rd, 2012 at 11:10 a.m.

In Context: Romney's comments on whether he cares for the very poor

Mitt Romney's comments about the poor have stirred up a fuss. Here's the full exchange, part of our new "In Context" series to show you controversial remarks without editing.

By Bill Adair :: Published on Thursday, February 2nd, 2012 at 9:31 a.m.

No, Martin Luther King was not a Republican

Republicans around the country are repeating a claim that MLK was a member of the GOP. We check with King's biographer and some history books and find it's not true.

By Bill Adair :: Published on Wednesday, February 1st, 2012 at 9:20 a.m.

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