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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Sorting out claims on gun statistics

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

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. 

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

PunditFact fact-checks the June 8 news shows

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

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.

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.

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?

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.

Our top 5 fact-check reports for May 2014

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

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.