Articles from June, 2014

PunditFact fact-checks the June 29 news shows

Bill Clinton still wanted to talk about his family's wealth, while Republicans accused President Barack Obama of executive branch overreach.

By Aaron Sharockman :: Published on Sunday, June 29th, 2014 at 8:14 p.m.

Back to the future: Fact-checking claims about Iraq

It feels a little like 2003 lately, with Iraq in crisis and former Vice President Dick Cheney arguing for a muscular intervention to thwart the rise of violent anti-American extremists.

By Katie Sanders :: Published on Friday, June 27th, 2014 at 7:00 a.m.

Debunking the Obama 'firsts' chain email

A chain email claims to run down all of President Barack Obama's "firsts" in office -- and they're all negative. We fact-checked four specific claims from the dozens on the list. The ones we checked are all wrong.

By Shannon Beckham, Louis Jacobson, Molly O'Connor :: Published on Wednesday, June 25th, 2014 at 10:10 a.m.

How many billionaires support the Democratic vs. Republican parties?

Harry Reid said Democrats don't have many billionaire supporters compared with Republicans. That got us combing through the available data -- which is far from complete. A lot of campaign spending still happens without public disclosure.

By Lauren Carroll :: Published on Monday, June 23rd, 2014 at 4:28 p.m.

PunditFact fact-checks the June 22 news shows

The Sunday shows discussed the situation in Iraq and the most recent developments in controversy at the IRS.

By Aaron Sharockman :: Published on Sunday, June 22nd, 2014 at 11:05 a.m.

3 takeaways from the 2014 Global Fact-checking Summit

Countries and politics differ, but the value of fact-checking crosses borders, says PolitiFact Editor Angie Drobnic Holan.

By Angie Drobnic Holan :: Published on Friday, June 20th, 2014 at 4:26 p.m.

Fact-checks about FIFA and the World Cup

PolitiFact and PunditFact have been seized with World Cup fever, so we've directed our enthusiasm into a few fact-checks.

By Katie Sanders :: Published on Friday, June 20th, 2014 at 6:00 a.m.

5 ‘essential understandings’ of the fact-checking movement

PolitiFact journalists recently attended the Global Fact-checking Summit, held June 9-10 in London. Neil Brown, editor of the Tampa Bay Times -- the Florida newspaper that owns PolitiFact -- delivered the keynote address.

By Neil Brown :: Published on Wednesday, June 18th, 2014 at 9:02 a.m.

Sorting out claims on gun statistics

We look at two different claims, one on gun homicide rates and another on school shootings.

By Angie Drobnic Holan :: Published on Monday, June 16th, 2014 at 6:41 p.m.

PunditFact fact-checks the June 15 news shows

We looked at comments about Eric Cantor's history on immigration and Hillary Clinton's poll numbers. 

By Angie Drobnic Holan :: Published on Sunday, June 15th, 2014 at 6:40 p.m.

A fact-checker's review of Hillary Clinton's book

This week, PolitiFact read Hillary Clinton’s new book, Hard Choices, cover-to-cover and put several passages to the Truth-O-Meter. Here’s our roundup of what the potential 2016 heavyweight had to say in her memoir and how accurate some of her claims were.

By Steve Contorno :: Published on Friday, June 13th, 2014 at 12:01 p.m.

Obama: 'You can fact-check that, PolitiFact'

President Barack Obama asked us to fact-check him at a White House appearance with the WNBA champion Minnesota Lynx today. So we did.

By Louis Jacobson :: Published on Thursday, June 12th, 2014 at 5:01 p.m.

A look back at fact-checks from Eric Cantor's primary loss

The Republican primary loss of House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, R-Va., on Tuesday stunned the political world. Here are a few of the fact checks our colleagues at PolitiFact Virginia did from his race.

By Nancy Madsen :: Published on Wednesday, June 11th, 2014 at 11:45 a.m.

Fact-checking Hillary Clinton's 'dead broke' comment and her book

So far, the rollout of Hillary Clinton's new book has proven more controversial than the book itself, as she's drawn criticism for saying her family left the White House in 2001 "dead broke." We fact-checked that claim.

By Louis Jacobson :: Published on Tuesday, June 10th, 2014 at 6:31 p.m.

Fact-checking Hillary Clinton's new book

As soon as Hard Choices comes out, we'll be combing through it to find facts to check. Readers, feel free to forward us ideas.

By Steve Contorno :: Published on Monday, June 9th, 2014 at 5:00 p.m.

PunditFact fact-checks the June 8 news shows

Politicians and pundits debate the decision to swap Bowe Bergdahl for five Taliban prisoners.

By Aaron Sharockman :: Published on Sunday, June 8th, 2014 at 6:39 p.m.

Will the U.S. have to close Guantanamo once the Afghanistan War is over?

There's good reason to believe that Guantanamo will remain open past the end of hostilities in Afghanistan. But beyond that, much about international law's impact on the prison camp is murky.

By Louis Jacobson :: Published on Friday, June 6th, 2014 at 4:03 p.m.

Fact-checking Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl’s release

The return of Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, held for about five years by the Taliban, has raised issues about constitutional powers, the war in Afghanistan, and Bergdahl’s own actions.

By Angie Drobnic Holan :: Published on Friday, June 6th, 2014 at 11:56 a.m.

Did Bergdahl serve the U.S. 'with honor and distinction'?

On ABC's This Week, National Security Adviser Susan Rice said that former Taliban captive Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl "served the United States with honor and distinction," a remark that drew criticism from fellow soldiers who faulted the circumstances of his disappearance. Is Rice's accolade valid?

By Louis Jacobson :: Published on Wednesday, June 4th, 2014 at 11:02 a.m.

3 fact-checks about the death penalty

The botched execution of an Oklahoma man and a May U.S. Supreme Court ruling have again put a focus on the death penalty in the United States. PolitiFact and PunditFact fact-checked three recent claims.

By Aaron Sharockman :: Published on Tuesday, June 3rd, 2014 at 5:13 p.m.

Our top 5 fact-check reports for May 2014

Fact-checks about Benghazi, taxes, Obamacare and the economy got the most eyeballs last month.

By Lauren Carroll, Louis Jacobson :: Published on Tuesday, June 3rd, 2014 at 10:00 a.m.

PunditFact fact-checks the June 1 news shows

Ted Cruz argued that the United States' policy of dealing with terrorists has changed. We decided to take a look.

By Aaron Sharockman :: Published on Sunday, June 1st, 2014 at 6:03 p.m.

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