Articles from December, 2010

PolitiFact readers tell us what they think

Six months of truth-seeking by PolitiFact Georgia has left our mailbags bulging. We wanted to share some of those missives as we prepare to give the AJC Truth-O-Meter a rest until Jan. 3. Don't worry. The AJC truth squad returns just in time to get ready for the state Legislature and a new governor. We'll introduce a new feature in early January to keep track of Gov.-elect Nathan Deal's campaign promises. And we'll be paying close attention to what your lawmakers -- and other power brokers -- in the state House of Representatives and Senate are saying. In the meantime, here's what some of you had to say about our efforts since we first cranked up the Truth-O-Meter back in early June:

2010: The Year in Misrepresentations

The new year approaches, and your AJC PolitiFact Georgia team is growing misty-eyed.  Although we launched only six months ago, we already have cherished memories of pants we've burned, or slightly singed. As the AJC Truth-O-Meter winds down for the year, we thought we would share a few of those moments when we smelled flames. Here, in chronological order, are the summaries of some of our favorite untruths and misrepresentations of 2010:

Holidays prompt outbreak of truthiness

Folks must be feeling goodwill toward their fellow man this holiday season. Last week, AJC PolitiFact Georgia experienced an outbreak of truthiness. Washington lawmakers found some accurate things to say about federal programs on the homeless and President Barack Obama's proposed tax compromise that just worked its way through Congress. We also uncovered some truths about Georgia public higher education and our beloved Atlanta Braves. We're shocked. And relieved. Happy Holidays.  Join us on Twitter and Facebook to comment and read our latest updates.

PolitiFact Georgia roasts pants, brightens lives

Nothing beats a good, warm fire to brighten our lives during these frigid winter days. So last week, AJC PolitiFact Georgia set two pairs of pants ablaze. The first Pants On Fire ruling belonged to TV and radio host Glenn Beck, who compared a real Ohio town to fictional Bedford Falls of the classic holiday movie "It's a Wonderful Life." The second belonged to AMC hit show "The Walking Dead," which blew up Atlanta's Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as part of the Zombie Apocalypse. Some pairs survived intact. President Barack Obama did OK and a crime ranking earned a Half True, but the britches of the National Football League Players Association got singed. Join us on Twitter and Facebook to comment and read our latest updates.

No pants burned, but toilets did flush

No Pants caught On Fire last week, but AJC PolitiFact Georgia did flush a few claims down the toilet. One claim was literally about commodes. A DeKalb County pol said low-flow versions can cost up to $1,000. Sometimes yes, often no, we found. Half True. But after reading others on red-light cameras and unemployment benefits, we reached for the handle and flushed several times.  Want to comment on our rulings? Join us on Twitter and Facebook. You can also get our latest updates there.