Articles from December, 2014

PolitiFact launches Kickstarter to live fact-check the 2015 State of the Union

We're hoping to raise $15,000 to live fact-check and annotate the 2015 State of the Union address and GOP response. See why, and what you can receive for donating.

Fact-checking claims about the economy in 2014

The past year produced claims about how good -- or bad -- the economy is these days. Some claims checked out, but others didn't.  

18 fact-checks of things that were wrong on the Internet

From wild claims about the Obamas to Fox News to Ferguson, we found lots to fact-check from the Internet in 2014. Here are 18 doozies.

Mailbag: 'That's a fail, PolitiFact'

In recent weeks, PolitiFact readers wrote us to take issue with our coverage of the Senate torture report and the intersection of race and crime. Here's a selection of their emails.

Some politicians spoke the truth in 2014

We published lots of Falses and Pants on Fires this year, but here's a hat-tip to a sampling of claims that earned a full True rating.

Fact-checking Ferguson and police issues in 2014

We look back at fact-checks from a year marked by protests and discussions of police shootings and use of force.   Fact-checking Barack Obama's CNN appearance Immigration: the year in fact-checking Mailbag: Lie of the Year edition 2014 Lie of the Year: Exaggerations about Ebola

Mailbag: Lie of the Year edition

Readers and others react to our choice for Lie of the Year for 2014: exaggerations about Ebola.    Fact-checking Barack Obama's CNN appearance Immigration: the year in fact-checking 2014 Lie of the Year: Exaggerations about Ebola

Fact-checking Barack Obama's CNN appearance

The president made claims about Iran and Cuba in an interview Sunday.

Immigration: the year in fact-checking

We begin a series of stories looking back at the most interesting fact-checks of 2014. Today's topic: immigration.    Fact-checking Dick Cheney on the torture report Fact-checking Jeb Bush, 2016 presidential contender 2014 Lie of the Year: Exaggerations about Ebola

The Readers' Choice poll: Comments from readers

We asked readers what they thought about the year in politics and our many fact-checks. Here's a deep dive into what they said.    Fact-checking Dick Cheney on the torture report Fact-checking Jeb Bush, 2016 presidential contender 2014 Lie of the Year: Exaggerations about Ebola

Climate change: the Readers' Choice winner

"Global warming is a hoax" was the falsehood that won our Readers' Choice poll for Lie of the Year. Here's a look back at that fact-check, as well as other 2014  fact-checks on  the Keystone XL pipeline, proposed carbon-cutting regulations on power plants, and the polar vortex.    Fact-checking Dick Cheney on the torture report 2014 Lie of the Year: Exaggerations about Ebola PunditFact editor Aaron Sharockman discusses the Lie of the Year Fact-checking Jeb Bush, 2016 presidential contender

2014 Lie of the Year: Exaggerations about Ebola

We heard claims that Ebola was easy to catch, that illegal immigrants may be carrying the virus across the southern border and that it was all part of a government or corporate conspiracy. Those claims, and others, collectively earn our Lie of the Year for 2014. View the results of the 2014 Readers' Poll Read all our fact-checks about Ebola PunditFact editor Aaron Sharockman discusses the Lie of the Year

2014 Readers' Poll results

At 4 p.m. ET today, we’ll be announcing PolitiFact’s 2014 Lie of the Year. In the meantime, we’re revealing the winner of our Readers’ Poll.

A look back at PolitiFact’s Lie of the Year

Today at 4 p.m. ET, we’ll announce our sixth annual Lie of the Year. Here’s a look back at the previous five years of awards.  

PunditFact fact-checks Dick Cheney on 'Meet the Press'

The former vice president criticized the Senate torture report.

5 questions about PolitiFact and PunditFact's Lie of the Year

We'll announce our Lie of the Year "winner" next week. Here, we answer five frequently asked questions.    A look back at previous years' winners

PunditFact: Dropping questions on marriage from the census

The Census Bureau is considering changes to one of its regular surveys that could impact what we know about the state of marriage in the United States.    

Pundits debate rape on campus in light of UVA story

A liberal and conservative pundit debated a study that found 1 in 5 college women are sexually assaulted.  

The 2014 Lie of the Year Finalists: Vote in the PolitiFact Readers' Poll

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

Does Obamacare give businesses a $3,000 incentive to hire illegal immigrants?

In all the criticism against President Barack Obama’s executive action on illegal immigration, there’s one policy unexpectedly caught in the fallout: Obamacare.    • Jeb Bush: ‘Only because I am going to be PolitiFacted’ • Our top 5 fact-checks and reports for November 2014  

Our top 5 fact-checks and reports for November 2014

Readers clicked on fact-checks about events in Ferguson, President Barack Obama’s actions on immigration, and "death panels."