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As the race for the 2016 presidential nominations heats up, PolitiFact Georgia is taking time to remind readers of our fact-checks from the candidates. Each week, we alternate between the large Republican field and the relatively small Democratic offering. Today, we look at our checks on claims made by U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders, an independent who is making waves in the Democratic race.
What better way to close out our celebration of PolitiFact Georgia’s five-year anniversary than to look at claims that we researched and found were true. Just as the claims we’ve rated False or Pants On Fire point out when politicians got it wrong or played it fast and loose with the facts, the True-rated fact checks highlight when they did their homework and were right. That was the aim five years and more than 1,000 fact checks ago when The Atlanta Journal-Constitution launched PolitiFact Georgia, a unique journalistic attempt to parse political truth from political fiction. Summaries of a few of our True fact checks through the years are below. To comment on our rulings or suggest one of your own, go to our Facebook page (www.facebook.com/politifact.georgia). You can also follow us on Twitter through our Twitter handle @politifactga.
PolitiFact Georgia continues celebrating its fifth anniversary today by showcasing some head-turning claims we’ve fact-checked over the years from politicians, newsmakers and social media. Some of the hard-to-believe claims proved to be true, and those easy to accept were sometimes shown to be rather outlandish. But all of them provided interesting fodder for our fact-checkers. Summaries of a few of our favorites are below. To comment on our rulings or suggest one of your own, go to our Facebook page (www.facebook.com/politifact.georgia). You can also follow us on Twitter through our Twitter handle @politifactga.
PolitiFact Georgia has taken the wheel before on claims about Mercedes-Benz USA's move to metro Atlanta. With the luxury automaker again in the headlines following the 2015 Legislative session, we revisit some of our fact checks on claims about the relocation and what it means for Georgia.
The hallways under the Gold Dome are quiet now. But the 2015 Legislature session kept reporters and fact checkers alike busy during a 40-day session filled with truths, falsehoods and some claims that fell in between.
It's not always a statement by a politician that spins the Truth-O-Meter into action. There are plenty of claims going viral via social media that drew the attention and scrutiny of PolitiFact Georgia in 2014. Below are some of our favorite memes of the year.
The scribes at PolitiFact Georgia are finishing up another year of fact checks. Here's a look at the year, by the numbers.
The fact-checking scribes at PolitiFact Georgia are often viewed as heartless Grinches, callously outing falsehoods by politicians and other powerbrokers. Truth be told -- and that’s our mission -- the folks we fact-check often turn out to be correct. So in the spirit of the season, as 2014 winds down, we look back at some of our favorite True ratings for the year. Want to to comment on our rulings or suggest one of your own? Just go to our Facebook page (www.facebook.com/politifact.georgia). You can also follow us on Twitter (http://twitter.com/politifactga). Abbreviated versions of our fact checks are below. Full versions can be found at www.politifact.com/georgia/.
There are times when a little additional context or clarification can add to the accuracy of a statement. PolitiFact calls those claims Mostly True. Below is a sampling of some of 2014's top Mostly True statements from Georgia politicians.
Tuesday's midterm elections will have repercussions for months and years to come. PolitiFact Georgia takes a moment to look back at key issues in the two big races, for governor and U.S. Senate.