Our top 10 of 2017

President Donald Trump, shown here visiting Kenosha, Wis., was prominent in our most-clicked items of 2017. (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)
President Donald Trump, shown here visiting Kenosha, Wis., was prominent in our most-clicked items of 2017. (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)
U.S. Rep. Mark Pocan of the Madison area was the Democrat who appeared most often in our most-clicked items. (Associated Press)
U.S. Rep. Mark Pocan of the Madison area was the Democrat who appeared most often in our most-clicked items. (Associated Press)

President Donald Trump, who earned PolitiFact National’s 2017 Lie of the Year, also played an outsized role in the PolitiFact Wisconsin items that received the most online page views during the year.

Statements made by or about Trump accounted for six of the 10 most-clicked items.

And some had staying power: Two Trump items that got the most clicks in 2017 had been published in 2016, but gained more attention when those topics got back in the news.

Aside from Trump, our most popular topic, based on clicks, was Obamacare. Three of the top 10 items centered on statements about the Affordable Care Act.  

Meanwhile, considering strictly fact checks among the top 10 items, two Wisconsin politicians tied for most items in the top 10, with two fact checks apiece: Democratic U.S. Rep. Mark Pocan and the House member who represents the district next to him, Republican Speaker Paul Ryan.

Here’s an easy-to-read look-back.

Topic

Claim

Speaker

Rating

Trump travel ban

1. The seven nations identified in Donald Trump's travel ban were "identified by the Obama administration as the seven most dangerous countries in the world in regard to harboring terrorists."

Reince Priebus

Half True

Uranium to Russia

2. Says Hillary Clinton "gave up 20 percent of America's uranium supply to Russia." (published September 2016)

Donald Trump

Mostly False

Trump ‘Muslim ban’

3. Is Donald Trump's executive order a 'Muslim ban'?

Article

 

Obamacare helping GOP

4. Republicans have "won a thousand seats since Obamacare."

Sean Duffy

Mostly True

Missile strike on Syria

5. "There is no legal basis" for Donald Trump's "missile strike against Syrian military assets."

Mark Pocan

False

Uranium to Russia

6. Donald Trump repeats his Mostly False claim about Hillary Clinton, Russia and uranium (published February 2016)

Article

 

Obamacare ‘death spiral’

7. Obamacare "is in what the actuaries call a death spiral."

Paul Ryan

False

GOP Obamacare replacement

8. The GOP’s Obamacare replacement would reduce subsidies that help lower-income people buy health insurance, but also "expand the entitlement" by giving subsidies to higher-income people "that Obamacare never helped."

Ron Johnson

True

Spare plane parts from museums

9. "We got to a point that our Air Force pilots were going to museums to find spare parts over the last eight years" under Barack Obama.

Ryan

Pants on Fire

Trump Cabinet’s net worth

10. Says Donald Trump's first 17 Cabinet appointments "have a net worth of more than a third of America." (Published December 2016)

Pocan

Mostly True