Articles from December, 2013

The top 10 most viewed fact-checks of 2013

Now that the year is over, it's time to look at our top 10 most viewed fact-checks. Topics ranged from government surveillance to health care to "dhimmitude."

Fact-checking guns: A year-end report

In 2013, the aftermath of events like the Newtown, Conn., school shooting and the death of Trayvon Martin in Florida put a national spotlight on the guns debate.

The year in social media claims, from True to Pants on Fire

Many claims went viral this year. Only a few of them were entirely accurate.

Mailbag: Christmas-New Year's Edition

In this festive season, reader commentary on recent PolitiFact stories is a mixed bag.

PunditFact fact-checks the Sunday news shows

Renewed talk about the NSA’s spying programs gave pundits and politicians the opportunity to revisit history on the Sunday talk shows. 

The president gets asked about winning PolitiFact's Lie of the Year

But he pretty much sidestepped the question during his final press conference of the year.

Fact-checking voting laws: a year-end report

Amid a nationwide battle about voter access, PolitiFact researched claims about noncitizen voters, restoration of ex-felons’ rights and voter laws nationwide.

The most interesting reactions to the 2013 Lie of the Year

From Twitter to The Late Show with David Letterman, we got plenty of interesting comments about our naming "If you like your health care plan, you can keep it" the 2013 Lie of the Year.

'Half a truth is often a great lie': Did Benjamin Franklin really say that?

Readers sent us this pithy saying via Twitter. We couldn't resist looking it up.

Mailbag: Lie of the Year Readers' Poll edition

Readers who took our recent readers' poll commented on everything from health care to genocide to how we do our jobs here at PolitiFact.

Fact-checks from the Sunday news shows

On This Week, Newt Gingrich claimed that 'every major city which is a center of poverty is run by Democrats.' PunditFact checked his numbers.

Lie of the Year: 'If you like your health care plan, you can keep it'

PolitiFact has chosen the most significant falsehood of the year: President Barack Obama's repeated statement, "If you like your health care plan, you can keep it."

Lie of the Year: Readers' Poll results

We summarize the results of our 2013 Lie of the Year Readers Poll.

Readers speak out on the Lie of the Year

We present a selection of reader comments on the 2013 Lie of the Year.

PunditFact fact-checks Bill O'Reilly on Nelson Mandela

On The O'Reilly Factor, Bill O'Reilly said that Nelson Mandela "was a great man. But he was a communist." Was O'Reilly right?

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Would repealing Obamacare be easier than repealing Prohibition?

Amending the Constitution is usually toughter than passing laws. But when it comes to Obamacare, things get a bit more complicated.

Fact-checking the Dec. 8 Sunday shows

Fox analyst Brit Hume said Sunday that President Barack Obama’s decision to start talking about raising the minimum wage and income inequality was a political calculation to shift the discussion away from the health care law. If so, it worked.

Fact-checking claims on the nuclear deal with Iran

A reader sent us a Facebook meme breaking down the Iran nuclear deal reached last month and asked us to take a look at it. We reviewed the complicated agreement and several of its implications for the United States and Iran.

Fact checking claims about low-income workers

With a presidential speech on income inequality and strikes by fast-food workers in the news, we fact-check two recent claims about the plight of low-income workers.

The 2013 Lie of the Year Finalists: Vote in the Readers' Poll

We announce the 10 finalists for PolitiFact's Lie of the Year and invite you to cast your ballot in our Readers' Poll.

Mailbag: The non-Obamacare edition

Much of our recent correspondence from readers has been about President Barack Obama's health care law. But not all of it. Here's a rundown of some of the comments from readers about our work on other subjects.