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What Rod Rosenstein's role means to the Mueller probe

Reports that Rod Rosenstein would step down or be fired as deputy attorney general fueled several hours of intense speculation on cable TV about what his departure could mean for the special counsel investigation under his supervision.

Fact-checking Fox News analyst’s pro-Trump book ‘The Russia Hoax’

Fox News legal analyst Gregg Jarrett’s The Russia Hoax reads like a book-length friend-of-the-court brief, painting a sympathetic portrait of the Trump presidency and defending the Trump team’s election-era actions, which are now under a microscope.

Website claims child immigrants kept in dog kennels, concentration camps. Here are the facts

A headline labeled an immigrant facility as a concentration camp, but it’s not comparable to Nazi camps.

Cell phone showdown. MSNBC takes on Fox News' Sean Hannity over obstruction of justice talk

Critics of Fox News commentator Sean Hannity have seized on statements he made during his nationally broadcast show to claim Hannity is urging targets of the Russia special counsel investigation to destroy their phones and purge their emails to avoid prosecution.

Kid Rock not running for U.S. Senate, but FEC must decide about campaign swag

The musician's publicity stunt leads to a complaint about following election reporting and registration rules that he must still address.

The more outrageous, the better: How clickbait ads make money for fake news sites

Fake news purveyors have some options for turning clicks into cash.

Prolific fake news writer Paul Horner dead at 38

The author of scores of bogus stories, often accused of influencing the 2016 election, died at his mother's Arizona home.

How much do we know about climate change and hurricanes?

Bill Maher and conservative political commentator S.E. Cupp clashed over the certainty in the scientific community about the relationship between climate change and hurricanes as Irma wreaked havoc in the Caribbean and later in Florida.

In context: What Rush Limbaugh said about Hurricane Irma before evacuation

Florida-based radio talk show host Rush Limbaugh angered many as Hurricane Irma approached by suggesting the media was trying to scare people in order to hype a climate change agenda and to spur bottled water sales. Days later, Limbaugh himself evacuated.

Does the Bible give Trump moral authority to kill Kim Jong Un, as Trump's pastor says?

A Texas televangelist who acts as a spiritual adviser to President Donald Trump reasoned that the Bible grants the commander in chief the power to wage war against North Korea. Scholars say it's not that simple.

What costs more, soldiers' Viagra or transgender health care? What about Mar-a-Lago trips?

Trump's announcement barring transgender service members brought out the examples of things that cost more than military spending on those troops' coverage.

Fact-check: The epic pay battle between Wonder Woman and Superman

A magazine column that said Man of Steel star Henry Cavill made millions more than Wonder Woman actress Gal Gadot sparked an online fight, but the numbers are doubtful.

Real or fake? Take our fake news quiz to find out

We provide 10 questions that can help you identify whether a news story is trustworthy or not.

How pundits twisted James Comey’s testimony

It seems like everyone in Washington tuned in for ousted FBI Director James Comey’s June 8 Capitol Hill hearing. But watching pundits, reading hot-takes and browsing Twitter afterward can make you wonder: Did we all watch the same hearing?

If you're fooled by fake news, this man probably wrote it

Christopher Blair is a 45-year-old volunteer Little League umpire who lives in Maine, and he is behind one of the most prolific fake news websites on the Internet.

PolitiFact's guide to fake news websites and what they peddle

We've been fact-checking fake news stories for months, and we've noticed several categories and trends in an industry looking to make a fool out of you.

A fake in 140 characters: How not to get tripped up by hoax Twitter accounts

As if having to sidestep scads of fake news stories on the Internet isn’t stressful enough, it’s important to remember sometimes the fabrications can come in just 140 characters.

Fake news website starts as joke, gains 1 million views within 2 weeks

Clearwater, Fla., native James McDaniel said he wanted to see how gullible Internet readers could be, and learned more than he expected.

Fact-checking fake news reveals how hard it is to kill pervasive ‘nasty weed’ online

Here are some lessons we've learned after several weeks of working with Facebook to help boot fabrications from feeds.

Now it's easier to share the facts

We are working with the Duke Reporters' Lab on a new widget that provides readers a way to share fact-check articles and spread them virally across the Internet.

PolitiFact's fact-checks of the week

PolitiFact looks at claims made by Hillary Clinton and Texas Sen. Ted Cruz.

PolitiFact fact-checks the April 10 shows

Conservative commentator Glenn Beck says Donald Trump as the GOP presidential nominee equals a sure loss to Hillary Clinton according to "every" poll. Every?

Fact-checking Hillary Clinton's appearance on 'Meet the Press'

The Democratic candidate for preisdent and former secretary of state said she's "put out all my emails." That's not quite right.

Fact-checking the March 20 Sunday shows

We sort out the facts from Meet the Press about Donald Trump's free press and the Senate's Supreme Court stall.     Help PolitiFact fact-check the immigration debate in 2016     7 questions about Obama's Supreme Court nomination

The story behind Nancy Reagan's friendship with Mr. T

We had to know the backstory behind this viral picture shared after Nancy Reagan’s death. • Fact-checking the March 6 news shows • Help PolitiFact raise $15,000 to fact-check the 2016 election.

Fact-checking the March 6 news shows

We look at what David Brooks said about voter turnout in the Republican primary race, as well as Mitt Romney's criticism of Donald Trump.    Help PolitiFact raise $15,000 to hire an additional fact-checker for 2016.

John Oliver slams Trump, cites PolitiFact

In a scathing takedown of Republican frontrunenr Donald Trump, HBO host John references PolitiFact's 2015 Lie of the Year, which we awarded to Trump. 

Donald Trump was in New York, not Chicago, on 9/11, contrary to 2004 Time story

Some corners of the Internet have been bubbling with the discovery of a 2004 Time magazine article that placed Donald Trump in Chicago on 9/11, rather than New York City, as he's said on the campaign trail. Turns out Trump was right and Time was wrong.  

In Context: Donald Trump's turban talk

Trump's comments at a rally, in context, show he might not have been referring to a protester's turban despite media reports.   Fact-checking the Jan. 24 Sunday shows

PolitiFact fact-checks the Jan. 24 shows

Meet the Press host Chuck Todd grills Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton and Sen. Bernie Sanders about their chances in the Iowa caucuses on Feb. 1.

Fact-checking the Jan. 17 news shows

On the Sunday shows, presidential candidates reacted with vehemence to the weekend's news of Iran releasing American hostages as the two countries implemented a major nuclear agreement.

PolitiFact fact-checks the Jan. 10 Sunday shows

We look at two things Donald Trump said about foreign policy on Meet the Press.    • 3 things to know about 'the gun show loophole'   • Does Vladimir Putin kill journalists?  

Does Vladimir Putin kill journalists?

Republican frontrunner Donald Trump says "it has not been proven" that Russian President Vladimir Putin kills journalists who don't agree with him. Proof against Putin is lacking, but the political climate in Russia has enabled the murders of at least 34 reporters since 2000.

Fact-checking the Jan. 3 Sunday shows

The Sunday shows dissect President Obama's looming action on gun control and the missed votes of some senators in the presidential race.

Donald Trump responds to Lie of the Year, says he's ‘been proven right’

Hours after seeing his campaign statements named the 2015 Lie of the Year, Republican frontrunner Donald Trump took aim at PolitiFact, calling us a "totally left-wing group." Read the Lie of the Year

PolitiFact fact-checks the Dec. 20 Sunday shows

Meet the Press dissects the Democratic debate on ABC with Donald Trump and the upcoming year in Congress with House Speaker Paul Ryan.   FACT-CHECKING THE DEMOCRATIC DEBATE IN NEW HAMPSHIRE

Why Trump's Muslim ban isn't like Jimmy Carter's actions on Iranians

Contrary to some opinion-writers, Jimmy Carter's actions during the Iran hostage crisis have some significant differences with what Donald Trump is proposing.

PunditFact fact-checks the Dec. 13 shows

Republican presidential candidate Marco Rubio sat down with NBC Meet the Press host Chuck Todd in a wide-ranging interview about gay marriage, surveillance and the fight against ISIS.   PolitiFact partnering with NBC News for 2016 elections

PolitiFact fact-checks the Dec. 6 Sunday shows

As the president prepared a nationwide address, pundits and politicians batted around the pros and cons of gun control as a way of fighting terrorism within the United States.

PunditFact previews the Dec. 6 Sunday shows

An early look at who will be on the Sunday shows this week.

Fact-checking Bill Maher on cancer drug price hikes

Bill Maher says what Turing Pharmaceuticals CEO Martin Shkreli did to jack up the cost of a cancer drug isn't unique for that industry. 

Fact-checking the Nov. 22 Sunday shows

Donald Trump was asked about comments that he saw "thousands and thousands" of people in New Jersey cheering after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.

PunditFact previews the Nov. 22 Sunday shows

An early look at who will be on the Sunday shows this week.

Fact-checking the Nov. 15 Sunday shows

The deadly attack in Paris had many on Sunday questioning President Barack Obama's comments that ISIS had been contained. But there are more to Obama's words than many are presenting.

PunditFact previews the Nov. 15 Sunday shows

Every Friday, PunditFact gives you the first look at guests on the Sunday news shows. On Sunday, we see if what they said is true. You can read how they fared here or weekly in the Daily Beast.

Did Starbucks take 'Christmas' off its cup?

Evangelical activist focuses on lack of Christmas on new Starbucks cups.

Fact-checking the Nov. 8 news shows

Ben Carson’s position in the polls is drawing increased scrutiny into his personal history and past statements, including whether he was offered a scholarship to attend West Point.

PunditFact previews the Nov. 8 Sunday shows

Every Friday, PunditFact gives you the first look at guests on the Sunday news shows. On Sunday, we see if what they said is true. You can read how they fared here or weekly in the Daily Beast.

Daily Show's Trevor Noah says Iowa GOP caucus 'stopped mattering years ago'

Iowa Republicans might have had good reason to stiff The Daily Show, but the move drew a predictable reaction.

Fact-checking the Nov. 1 news shows

Jeb Bush attacked the records of some his Republican primary opponents while Carly Fiorina focused her attacks on President Barack Obama.

PunditFact previews the Nov. 1 Sunday shows

Every Friday, PunditFact gives you the first look at guests on the Sunday news shows. On Sunday, we see if what they said is true. You can read how they fared here or weekly in the Daily Beast.

Fact-checking the Sunday Oct. 25 news shows

New polls that show Ben Carson leading Donald Trump in Iowa have put Trump on the defensive in recent days, subtly questioning Carson’s Seventh-day Adventist religion and Carson’s energy to lead the country.

PunditFact previews the Oct. 25 Sunday shows

Every Friday, PunditFact gives you the first look at guests on the Sunday news shows. On Sunday, we see if what they said is true. You can read how they fared here or weekly in the Daily Beast.   TRUMP AND SNL: How does 'equal time' fit into his upcoming hosting gig?

PolitiFact sheet: Does Donald Trump’s ‘SNL’ appearance trigger equal time for the Republican field?

Donald Trump's return to Saturday Night Live as a presidential candidate got us wondering if we're in for a winter of episodes hosted by the rest of the GOP candidates. But the "equal time" rule doesn't exactly work that way.

PunditFact checks the Oct. 18 Sunday news shows

We looked at claims by Republican presidential candidates Donald Trump and Ted Cruz.

PunditFact previews the Oct. 18 Sunday shows

Every Friday, PunditFact gives you the first look at guests on the Sunday news shows. On Sunday, we see if what they said is true. You can read how they fared here or weekly in the Daily Beast.

Fact-checking the Sunday shows

The talk Sunday was about the race for speaker. We have you covered.

PunditFact previews the Oct. 11 news shows

Every Friday, PunditFact gives you the first look at guests on the Sunday news shows. On Sunday, we see if what they said is true. You can read how they fared here or weekly in the Daily Beast.

Were more preschoolers shot and killed in 2013 than police officers?

Checking out New York Times columnist Nick Kristof's stirring stat.

Fact-checking the Oct. 4 Sunday shows

An out-of-date statistic for guns sold without a background check is back in the conversation as pundits assess what could have been done to prevent the tragic community college shooting in Roseburg, Ore. Also, Donald Trump talks Syrian refugees.

PunditFact previews the Oct. 4 news shows

Every Friday, PunditFact gives you the first look at guests on the Sunday news shows. On Sunday, we see if what they said is true. You can read how they fared here or weekly in the Daily Beast.

Chuck Todd: Bernie Sanders was 'there' on same-sex marriage 20 years ago

Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders and his presidential campaign serve as an almost constant reminder that Hillary Clinton has not always taken the lead on issues near and dear to the more liberal members of the Democratic Party.

Fact-checking the Sept. 27 Sunday shows

PolitiFact fact-checks two presidential candidates, Ben Carson and Jeb Bush. 

PunditFact previews the Sept. 27 Sunday shows

Every Friday, PunditFact gives you the first look at guests on the Sunday news shows. On Sunday, we see if what they said is true. You can read how they fared here or weekly in the Daily Beast.

Fact-checking Stephen Colbert's interview with Ted Cruz about Reagan

The Gipper's legacy emerged as a source for claims made on Colbert's new show, The Late Show. 

Fact-checking the namesake of Pope Francis on his U.S. visit

A couple days before the pope's historic U.S. visit, an ABC pundit claims Pope Francis is named for a saint who "basically reached out to Muslims." Is it true?

Fact-checking the Sept. 20 Sunday shows

Pundits and politicians deliver post-game analysis of the second GOP debate on CNN. 

Fact-checking the Sept. 13 shows

Several GOP candidates appeared on the Sunday shows ahead of Wednesday's GOP debate. We fact-check claims from Scott Walker and Donald Trump.

PunditFact previews the Sept. 13 news shows

Every Friday, PunditFact gives you the first look at guests on the Sunday news shows. On Sunday, we see if what they said is true. You can read how they fared here or weekly in the Daily Beast.

Immigration: A few recent -- and unusual -- claims

We expect the immigration debate to bring in the law, but the Roman Empire and the airlines?

Fact-checking the Dick Cheney-John Kerry faceoff on 'Morning Joe'

On the same day the Iran nuclear deal received the backing from the make-or-break 34th senator, the former vice president and the current secretary of state discussed the agreement in back-to-back interviews. Here we check a claim by each of them.

The fact-checker's guide to viral graphics contrasting Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders

Pushing back against analysis of Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders' similar Senate records, viral charts are cropping up to show how Sanders is the more progressive candidate (even Clickhole got in the game).

Fact-checking the Aug. 30 news shows

Hillary Clinton's decision to so-far ignore the Sunday talk show circuit has given Bernie Sanders plenty of chances to sell his message.

PunditFact previews the Aug. 30 news shows

Every Friday, PunditFact gives you the first look at guests on the Sunday news shows. On Sunday, we see if what they said is true. You can read how they fared here or weekly in the Daily Beast.

Scoring the news, one year later

For more than a year, PunditFact’s network scorecards have tracked fact-checks of claims made on the major cable and news networks.

Fact-checking the Aug. 23 Sunday shows

Republican presidential candidates and their surrogates explain why they support an end to birthright citizenship and stepped-up border resources.

Why we fact-check political cartoons

Sometimes the funny pages can get serious.

Fact-checking Trump, Sanders and Carson on Aug. 16 shows

The candidates depart from the Iowa State Fair's fried food excess and explain their views on the Iran nuclear deal, health care spending and tax reform.

PunditFact previews the Aug. 16 news shows

Every Friday, PunditFact gives you the first look at guests on the Sunday news shows. On Sunday, we see if what they said is true. You can read how they fared here or weekly in the Daily Beast.

Fact-checking the pundits on the early race for the White House

Pundits are cranking up their commentary on the White House race, and it's not all Trump Trump Trump. (Well, some of it is, but we've fact-checked claims about other candidates, too.)

Fact-checking the Ferguson protests, one year from Michael Brown's death

As the anniversary of Michael Brown’s death in Ferguson, Mo., passes, we look back at our fact-checks about police issues and race.

Fact-checking the GOP's relationship with women

Donald Trump's comments on women and Megyn Kelly dominate the political discussion, though Ohio Gov. John Kasich tries to remind viewers about his own experience in government.

PunditFact previews the Aug. 9 news shows

Every Friday, PunditFact gives you the first look at guests on the Sunday news shows. On Sunday, we see if what they said is true. You can read how they fared here or weekly in the Daily Beast.

Why we fact-checked Jon Stewart and The Daily Show, and 11 reasons we’re sad to see him go

Stewart’s show was a catalyst for nearly 80 different fact-checks or stories of ours in the last six years — though sometimes we wondered whether we could seriously fact-check his "comedy show."

PolitiFact Sheet: 8 things to know about the Planned Parenthood controversy

Controversial videos released by an anti-abortion group have highlighted the murky guidelines for using fetal tissue for research purposes. Confused about what’s going on? We’re here to help.  

Fact-checking the Aug. 2 news shows

GOP presidential frontrunner Donald Trump phoned in four interviews as other Republicans in the presidential race turned up their attacks. 

PunditFact previews the Aug. 2 news shows

Every Friday, PunditFact gives you the first look at guests on the Sunday news shows. On Sunday, we see if what they said is true. You can read how they fared here or weekly in the Daily Beast.

Sorting out the facts in Jon Stewart's last interview with Barack Obama

President Barack Obama and Jon Stewart discussed the economy, veteran homelessness and complicated relations with Iran in the president's last interview on The Daily Show with Stewart as host. Both made claims that missed some of the facts.

Fact-checking the July 26 Sunday shows

Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., joins Donald Trump in attacking Hillary Clinton's personal email practices as secretary of state — while Rick Perry and Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., go after Trump.

PunditFact previews the July 26 Sunday shows

Every Friday, PunditFact gives you the first look at guests on the Sunday news shows. On Sunday, we see if what they said is true. You can read how they fared here or weekly in the Daily Beast.

Half-truths in the White House half-staff flag controversy

Outraged memes and headlines suggest President Barack Obama flew the White House flag at half-mast to mourn Whitney Houston but didn't do the same for the five servicemen murdered in Chattanooga, Tenn.    Was Donald Trump a 'draft dodger'?    

Was Trump a 'draft dodger'?

The Republican presidential candidate's disparaging remarks about Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., have renewed questions about Trump's Vietnam draft record.

Trump defends 'hero' comments Sunday on ABC

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump would not apologize Sunday for claiming Sen. John McCain wasn't a war hero.

PunditFact previews the July 19 Sunday shows

Every Friday, PunditFact gives you the first look at guests on the Sunday news shows. On Sunday, we see if what they said is true. You can read how they fared here or weekly in the Daily Beast.

When did Hillary Clinton wipe clean her private email server?

A CNN correspondent says the Clinton campaign hasn't provided a clear answer to a seemingly simple question.

PunditFact previews the July 12 Sunday shows

Every Friday, PunditFact gives you the first look at guests on the Sunday news shows. On Sunday, we see if what they said is true. You can read how they fared here or weekly in the Daily Beast.

No, undocumented immigrants are not tied to 50% of Texas murders

Also on PunditFact: 5 myths about immigration TV network scorecards

5 myths about immigration

PolitiFact and PunditFact have published more than 400 fact-checks dealing with immigration since 2007. Here are five myths about the hot-topic issue.

Fuzzy math: Fox News tweet says U.S. spends penny a day fighting ISIS

The tweet quoted Eric Bolling, but Bolling's own network butchered his point. Read how.

Fact-checking the June 28 news shows

Donald Trump made his debut as a presidential candidate on the Sunday shows. We checked a claim he made about abortion.

A stat about sex that might shock you

Comedian Aziz Ansari isn't joking when he drops this stat about sex in Japan.

Deflategate and the limits of science

When the New England Patriots were caught playing with underinflated footballs, everyone ran to the physicists for answers. Turns out, when we messy humans are involved, science only gets you so far. Tom Brady's appeal is scheduled for Tuesday.

Fact-checking claims about the South Carolina Confederate battle flag

The Confederate battle flag still flies on the grounds of the South Carolina statehouse. 

PunditFact previews the June 21 news shows

Presidential candidates Rick Santorum and Rick Perry discussed the situation in Charleston, S.C.

PolitiFact Sheet: King vs. Burwell

The Supreme Court could gut President Barack Obama’s signature health care law over four simple words, "established by the state." What does it mean? Our PolitiFact Sheet on King vs. Burwell explains. Fact-checking Donald Trump

Fact-checking the June 14 news shows

Hillary Clinton's position on trade has dogged her, but her campaign chairman says her position is clear. 

PunditFact previews the June 14 Sunday shows

Every Friday, PunditFact gives you the first look at guests on the Sunday news shows. On Sunday, we see if what they said is true. You can read how they fared here or weekly in the Daily Beast.

The backstory behind Diane Rehm's question to Bernie Sanders on dual Israeli citizenship

Listeners were surprised to hear public radio host Diane Rehm ask Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders whether he was a dual citizen of the United States and Israel.

Today's scary stat: 47% of Americans say they can't afford an unexpected $400 expense

The economic struggles of ordinary Americans are getting a good airing this presidential season and a statistical finding from the Federal Reserve provides ammunition for a candidate in either party who wants to make the case that too many people have been left behind.

Fact-checking the June 7 Sunday shows

Lincoln Chafee wants the metric system. Did Ronald Reagan?

PunditFact previews the June 7 Sunday shows

Every Friday, PunditFact gives you the first look at guests on the Sunday news shows. On Sunday, we see if what they said is true. You can read how they fared here or weekly in the Daily Beast.

Al Sharpton hypes 3-week-old (Mostly False) info on Texas' 'scarlet letter' bill

MSNBC host Al Sharpton accused Texas Republicans of trying to slap a "scarlet letter" on people who use private health insurance under Obamacare.

Fact-checking the May 31 news shows

In light of the indictment against former House Speaker Dennis Hastert, we look at a claim from pundit George Will on how much money is being spent on lobbyists.

The facts about FIFA

The U.S. Justice Department and FBI stunned the sports world Wednesday by arresting top officials at FIFA, world soccer’s powerful governing body, on charges of corruption and bribery connected to World Cup bids and marketing deals.

Fact-checking claims about pay gaps in Clinton's Senate office, Obama's White House

Hillary Clinton touts herself as a champion for women and equal pay, but Republican commentators are challenging that narrative by pointing to the payroll of her U.S. Senate staff.

Fact-checking claims about Amtrak funding

There's a lot of blame going around about why Amtrak isn't up-to-date on the latest safety features. We found a complicated situation that turns on several important factors.   Fact-checking the May 17 Sunday shows

Fact-checking the May 17 news shows

Microsoft co-founder and philanthropist Bill Gates discussed the state of the American economy Sunday, arguing that business leaders don’t need lower tax rates in the way Republicans have claimed.

PunditFact previews the May 17 Sunday shows

Every Friday, PunditFact gives you the first look at guests on the Sunday news shows. On Sunday, we see if what they said is true. You can read how they fared here or weekly in the Daily Beast.

Fox News, Barack Obama and their ‘lazy’ back-and-forth

Fox Business News Stuart Varney challenged President Barack Obama's claim that Fox has depicted people on food stamps as lazy.

Fact-checking the May 10 Sunday shows

A trio of Republican presidential hopefuls officially entered the 2016 race last week, which meant a requisite trip to the Sunday news shows.

PunditFact previews the May 10 news shows

Every Friday, PunditFact gives you the first look at guests on the Sunday news shows. On Sunday, we see if what they said is true. You can read how they fared here or weekly in the Daily Beast.

Did the Clinton Foundation keep its promises? A PunditFact scorecard

The Clinton Foundation signed an agreement in 2008 to avoid conflicts of interest while Hillary Clinton was secretary of state. Our scorecard tracks whether the foundation lived up to its end of the deal.

What Bill Clinton said in 2012 about not taking foreign donations

A 2012 Q&A session between Bill Clinton and Ashley Judd has surfaced as evidence in the case against the Clinton Foundation and its acceptance of foreign donations while Hillary Clinton served as secretary of state.

The truth about that Mayweather-Pacquiao GDP statistic

Announcers claimed the big fight between Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao generated more revenue than the yearly GDP of 29 countries. 

PunditFact previews the May 3 news show

Every Friday, PunditFact gives you the first look at guests on the Sunday news shows. On Sunday, we see if what they said is true. You can read how they fared here or weekly in the Daily Beast.

Why bloggers, Rush Limbaugh ran with the phony story about Harry Reid

A Nevada man tells a big lie about Harry Reid to see if partisan media will fall for it. It works. A few weeks later, he comes clean to a newspaper that he made it up to prove a point, earning him praise and criticism. What's on the Sunday shows

Fact-checking the April 26 shows, 'Clinton Cash'

A new book examining donations to the Clinton Foundation had the Sunday shows talking.

PunditFact previews the April 26 news show

Every Friday, PunditFact gives you the first look at guests on the Sunday news shows. On Sunday, we see if what they said is true. You can read how they fared here or weekly in the Daily Beast.

Checking in on our TV network scorecards

The rating for more accurate claims moves down slightly on CNN, while the percentage of inaccurate claims on Fox and MSNBC is unchanged.

Fact-checking the April 19 news shows

What's holding up the confirmation of attorney general nominee Loretta Lynch?

PunditFact previews the April 19 news shows

Every Friday, PunditFact gives you the first look at guests on the Sunday news shows. On Sunday, we see if what they said is true. You can read how they fared here or weekly in the Daily Beast.

The Truth-O-Meter goes off the grid with Gov. Jesse Ventura

PunditFact editor Aaron Sharockman discussed a claim about Jeb Bush's private email account with the former Minnesota governor.

Fact-checking the April 12 news shows

Everyone Sunday was waiting for Hillary. We fact-checked two claims about the Democratic 2016 frontrunner.

PunditFact previews the April 12 news shows

Every Friday, PunditFact gives you the first look at guests on the Sunday news shows. On Sunday, we see if what they said is true. You can read how they fared here or weekly in the Daily Beast.

Bob Schieffer retiring: See his Truth-O-Meter scorecard

CBS newsman Bob Schieffer announced Wednesday that he is retiring this summer. The long-time host of CBS’s Face the Nation announced his plans during his "Schieffer Symposium" at Texas Christian University, his alma mater.

New York state of mind

We fact-checked two claims recently that focused on crime and New York.

Indiana's Religious Freedom Restoration Act, annotated

We're annotating Indiana's Religious Freedom Restoration Act.

Fact-checking the March 29 news shows

At least five times Sunday , ABC This Week host George Stephanopoulos asked Indiana Gov. Mike Pence a variant on a simple question about Indiana’s Religious Freedom Restoration Act: "If a florist in Indiana refuses to serve a gay couple at their wedding, is that legal now in Indiana?" And at least five times, Pence would not answer.

PunditFact previews the March 29 news shows

Every Friday, PunditFact gives you the first look at guests on the Sunday news shows. On Sunday, we see if what they said is true. You can read how they fared here or weekly in the Daily Beast.

Sen. Ted Cruz at Liberty U.: Students fill in the details

Liberty University's rulebook says students would be fined $10 if they didn't come to Cruz's speech. Students and alumni filled us in on the process.  

Liberty students faced choice: See Ted Cruz or face $10 fine

Every politician likes a packed house, and when Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, announced that he was officially running for president this week, he got one. But the crowd wasn't there necessarily by choice.

Fact-checking the March 22 news shows

Israel's ambassador to the Unites States told NBC's Chuck Todd that Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu did not flip-flop on a two-state solution.

PunditFact previews the March 22 news shows

Every Friday, PunditFact gives you the first look at guests on the Sunday news shows. On Sunday, we see if what they said is true. You can read how they fared here or weekly in the Daily Beast.

Private emails, lawmakers going around the president: Is it 2007 again?

Questions about Hillary Clinton’s use of private email and a letter from 47 Republican senators to Iran have pundits talking about 2007 again.

Fact-checking the March 15 news shows

Talk of Hillary Clinton's emails dominated the Sunday news shows.

PunditFact previews the March 15 news shows

Every Friday, PunditFact gives you the first look at guests on the Sunday news shows. On Sunday, we see if what they said is true. You can read how they fared here or weekly in the Daily Beast.

Fact-checking the March 8 news shows

We looked at part of the defense offered on behalf of Hillary Clinton.

PunditFact previews the March 8 news shows

Every Friday, PunditFact gives you the first look at guests on the Sunday news shows. On Sunday, we see if what they said is true. You can read how they fared here or weekly in the Daily Beast.

Fact-checking Bill O'Reilly and David Corn

The media war between Bill O’Reilly, Mother Jones and others continues. We fact-checked two claims from the back-and-forth.

Fact-checking John Boehner on 'Face the Nation'

The Republican House speaker made a rare Sunday show appearance.

PunditFact previews the March 1 news shows

Every Friday, PunditFact gives you the first look at guests on the Sunday news shows. On Sunday, we see if what they said is true. You can read how they fared here or weekly in the Daily Beast.

50 Fox News 'lies' in 6 seconds, from 'The Daily Show'

"The Daily Show" presented 50 Fox falsehoods in a six-second Vine. We've fact-checked almost every claim. See them all.

Does new research say Ebola is airborne?

Critics put a months-old fact-check about Ebola back under the microscope last week after they said an article in a scholarly medical journal supported a claim made by George Will that Ebola had gone airborne. The lead author of the article tells us that's not true.

Fact-checking John Legend's 2015 Oscar speech

Musicians John Legend and Common left the audience at the 2015 Academy Awards with a powerful message about setbacks for black Americans in voting rights, police relations and imprisonment. We look into Legend's claims. Why Obama won't label ISIS 'Islamic' extremists

Why Obama won't label ISIS 'Islamic' extremists

President Barack Obama describes ISIS, or the Islamic State, as violent extremists and not Islamic. What's the difference, and why are so many people arguing about the terror group's label?

PunditFact previews the Feb. 22 news shows

Every Friday, PunditFact gives you the first look at guests on the Sunday news shows. On Sunday, we see if what they said is true. You can read how they fared here or weekly in the Daily Beast.

Winter chill? Gather around our most recent Pants on Fire claims

We know an arctic blast has been hitting the country from North Dakota to New Jersey, but we’ve been keeping the heat on at PunditFact. The pundits have been busy recently, and we thought their forays into Pants on Fire territory might take your mind off the weather.

Without PunditFact, pundits stand uncorrected

"You get one little minutiae wrong, in a long drawn-out sentence," said ABC and CNN political commentator Donna Brazile, "and all of the sudden you become a verb, you get PunditFacted."

PunditFact previews the Feb. 15 news shows

Every Friday, PunditFact gives you the first look at guests on the Sunday news shows. On Sunday, we see if what they said is true. You can read how they fared here or weekly in the Daily Beast.

Pundits react to Brian Williams news

At a PunditFact event Tuesday at the National Press Club, pundits Kathleen Parker, Donna Brazile and Jackie Kucinich weighed in on Brian Williams' troubles.

Fact-checking the Feb. 8 news shows

A pundit claimed that countries in Africa "have higher vaccination rates than here in the United States." Is that right? Timeline of Brian Williams' statements on Iraqi helicopter attack

PunditFact previews the Feb. 8 news shows

Every Friday, PunditFact gives you the first look at guests on the Sunday news shows. On Sunday, we see if what they said is true. You can read how they fared here or weekly in the Daily Beast.

Timeline of Brian Williams' statements on Iraqi helicopter attack

NBC's top news anchor now says he was not in a Chinook helicopter that took RPG fire in the first days of the Iraq war. We compiled Williams' varying comments on the incident. Come meet us at the National Press Club Feb. 10

Inside the Truth-O-Meter, understanding the difference between True and Mostly True

Members of the conservative media took to Twitter last night criticizing our Mostly True rating of the claim that the Senate has already voted on more amendments in 2015 than it did in all of 2014. We explain our process. Come meet us at the National Press Club Feb. 10

Fact-checking the Feb. 1 news shows

Super Sunday brought talk about the spread of terrorists abroad and the spread of the measles back home.

PunditFact previews the Feb. 1 news shows

Every Friday, PunditFact gives you the first look at guests on the Sunday news shows. On Sunday, we see if what they said is true. You can read how they fared here or weekly in the Daily Beast.

MSNBC, Fox, CNN move the needle on our Truth-O-Meter scorecards

MSNBC and CNN have improved ever so slightly on our TV network scorecards, while Fox News has moved a touch in the opposite direction.

Fact-checking the Jan. 25 Sunday shows

Republicans thinking of running for president in 2016 began their tour of the news shows Sunday. Obama's State of the Union veto threats: most ever?

Obama's State of the Union veto threats: most ever?

President Barack Obama issued several not-so-thinly veiled veto threats to the new Republican-led Congress in his 2015 State of the Union. To CNN anchor Wolf Blitzer, it sounded like the most ever.

Fact-checking the Jan. 18 Sunday shows

The Sunday shows previewed President Barack Obama's proposals in Tuesday's State of the Union address with an eye for a possible third presidential run by Mitt Romney.

PunditFact previews the Jan. 18 news shows

Every Friday, PunditFact gives you the first look at guests on the Sunday news shows. On Sunday, we see if what they said is true. You can read how they fared here or weekly in the Daily Beast. Help PolitiFact fund its fact-checking of the 2016 presidential campaign.

Wow, thank you! Keep supporting us and here's what we'll do next

Now that we've met our initial $15,000 Kickstarter goal with a few days of fundraising left, we're looking past the State of the Union and into the 2016 primaries. 

Fact-checking the Jan. 11 Sunday shows

As Paris rallied for peace, American leaders answered questions about the United States' risk of a similar terrorist attack. Plus, we sort out more misinformation on the Keystone XL pipeline. Help PolitiFact fund live fact-checking of the 2015 State of the Union and GOP response.

Charlie Hebdo, Keystone XL on tap for Jan. 11 Sunday shows

Every Friday, PunditFact gives you the first look at guests on the Sunday news shows. On Sunday, we see if what they said is true. You can read how they fared here or weekly in the Daily Beast. Help PolitiFact fund live fact-checking of the 2015 State of the Union and GOP response.

No, Fox News didn't include the wrong picture in its Stuart Scott tribute

Plenty of people thought so, but the original claim was a hoax. Help PolitiFact fund live fact-checking of the 2015 State of the Union and GOP response.

Fact-checking the Jan. 4 news shows

The new year brought a lot of talk about the priorities of the new GOP Congress. Help PolitiFact fund live fact-checking of the 2015 State of the Union and GOP response.

PunditFact previews the Sunday Jan. 4 shows

Every Friday, PunditFact gives you the first look at guests on the Sunday news shows. On Sunday, we see if what they said is true. You can read how they fared here or weekly in the Daily Beast. Help PolitiFact fund live fact-checking of the 2015 State of the Union and GOP response.

Setting the record straight: When did the U.S. free Islamic State leader?

There's been confusion over whether American forces had the leader of the Islamic State group in a detention camp and released him in 2004, or as late as 2009. New interviews from an ISIS commander offer a clearer picture. Help PolitiFact fund a Kickstarter to live fact-check the 2015 State of the Union and GOP response.

PunditFact's top 6 fact-checks of 2014

Police shootings stats, immigration and a couple of real wild cards ranked high on your hit parade. We revisit the checks that had the most buzz.

Does the U.S. already have the biggest diplomatic presence in Cuba?

That's what a former Obama Cuba adviser claims.   Fact-checking President Barack Obama's CNN appearance

Fact-checking President Barack Obama's CNN appearance

We fact-checked two claims from President Barack Obama's interview on CNN Sunday.

PunditFact previews the Dec. 21 Sunday shows

PunditFact gives you the first look at the guests on the Sunday news shows. On Sunday, we see if what they said is true. You can read how they fared here or weekly in the Daily Beast.

Lots of fiction, few facts in discussion of torture report

PunditFact and our partners fact-check rhetoric from talking heads and politicians about a Senate committee's report on brutal CIA interrogation methods.

The Lie of the Year: Exaggerations about Ebola

The emergence of Ebola in the United States sparked a political and media frenzy, but many of the claims made were far from accurate. Collectively, they are PolitiFact's 2014 Lie of the Year.   Fact-checking Dick Cheney on the torture report

Fact-checking Dick Cheney on the torture report

Dick Cheney appeared on NBC's "Meet the Press" Sunday. See how he fared on the Truth-O-Meter.

PunditFact previews the Dec. 14 Sunday shows

PunditFact gives you the first look at the guests on the Sunday news shows. On Sunday, we see if what they said is true. You can read how they fared here or weekly in the Daily Beast.  

Vote now for the 2014 Lie of the Year

Have you voted yet for the 2014 Lie of the Year?

In light of UVA story, pundits ask: Are 1 in 5 college women sexually assaulted?

A liberal and conservative pundit debated a study that found 1 in 5 college women are sexually assaulted.   More from PunditFact Census, demographers on the rocks over proposal to end marriage questions

PunditFact previews the Dec. 7 Sunday shows

PunditFact gives you the first look at the guests on the Sunday news shows. On Sunday, we see if what they said is true. You can read how they fared here or weekly in the Daily Beast.   • Census, demographers on the rocks over proposal to end marriage questions

Census, demographers on the rocks over proposal to end marriage questions

Asked to discuss marriage on a swing through London in 2003, then-New York Sen. Hillary Clinton offered the following appraisal: "Every marriage is a mystery to me, even the one I'm in. So I'm no expert on it." Soon, all of us might know even a little less. Fox down, MSNBC up on our network Truth-O-Meter scorecards

Fox down, MSNBC up on our network Truth-O-Meter scorecards

Accuracy of claims we fact-checked on Fox News has dipped recently, while the opposite is true for MSNBC.

PunditFact's top six claims about women

All year, we’ve tackled claims about women and domestic violence, equal pay, the cost of health care, how many go to medical school, and whether pregnancy drives them into poverty. Here are our top six fact-checks tied to gender.

Can't keep politics off the Thanksgiving table? PolitiFact helps keep it accurate

Thanksgiving is a time for good food, good football ... and cranky relatives who spend too much time reading political conspiracies on the Internet. Here's PolitiFact's guide to spotting inaccurate political statements at the dinner table -- and how to rebut them.

Fact-checking claims about race and Ferguson

The grand jury's decision not to seek charges against officer Darren Wilson for the shooting death of Michael Brown set off a new wave of violent protests in Ferguson, Mo., as well as more punditry. Here's our roundup of fact-checks, old and new. 

Fact-checking the Nov. 23 shows

President Barack Obama returned to the Sunday shows two weeks after his last appearance to defend his recent executive action on immigration. GOP pundits decried his decision as opening "Pandora's box."

PunditFact previews the Nov. 23 Sunday news shows

PunditFact gives you the first look at the guests on the Sunday news shows. On Sunday, we see if what they said is true. You can read how they fared here or weekly in the Daily Beast.  

Jonathan Gruber mentions on TV: Fox News 779, MSNBC 79

Coverage of a 2013 video showing MIT professor and Obamacare adviser Jonathan Gruber talking about the "stupidity" of American voters has varied greatly by cable network, a review of closed captioning information shows.

PunditFact fact-checks the Nov. 16 news shows

Pundits debated the merits and the politics of the Keystone XL pipeline. Also: Fact-checking the TV networks.

PunditFact previews the Nov. 16 Sunday shows

PunditFact gives you the first look at the guests on the Sunday news shows. On Sunday, we see if what they said is true. You can read how they fared here or weekly in the Daily Beast.

Fact-checking claims about the GOP agenda

With the 2014 midterms in the rearview mirror, pundits are looking ahead to what a GOP-controlled Congress might do. We fact-checked two recent claims.  

Fact-checking Barack Obama on the Nov. 9 Sunday shows

President Barack Obama gave a rare Sunday morning interview to CBS' "Face the Nation." 

PunditFact previews the Nov. 9 Sunday shows

PunditFact gives you the first look at the guests on the Sunday news shows. On Sunday, we see if what they said is true. You can read how they fared here or weekly in the Daily Beast.

Herman Cain wrong on Obamacare claim

Herman Cain’s longshot 2012 Republican presidential bid may be long over, but he’s continued to opine on national affairs. Take, for example, his recent blog post titled, "Nine facts Democrats don't want you to hear before you vote tomorrow."  

Fact-checking the Nov. 2 news shows

The talk Sunday was all about Tuesday's midterm elections and the fate of the U.S. Senate.

PunditFact previews the Nov. 2 Sunday shows

PunditFact gives you the first look at the guests on the Sunday news shows. On Sunday, we see if what they said is true. You can read how they fared here or weekly in the Daily Beast.

Fact-checks about Ebola funding, Army Ebola training

Claims about the Ebola outbreak keep coming, and so do our fact-checks.

Fact-checking the Oct. 26 news shows

The Sunday shows continued to discuss Ebola, but they also looked ahead to 2016. • A few words to those who think George Will was right about Ebola going airborne through a sneeze • Top 5 falsehoods about Ebola

PunditFact previews the Oct. 26 Sunday shows

PunditFact gives you the first look at the guests on the Sunday news shows. On Sunday, we see if what they said is true. You can read how they fared here or weekly in the Daily Beast.

Pew study finds Rush Limbaugh least trustworthy news source

Pew surveyed people's views about 36 news outlets. Rush Limbaugh ranked as the least trustworthy. • Revisiting Reza Aslan's response to Bill Maher about female genital mutilation • A few words to those who think George Will was right about Ebola going airborne through a sneeze • Top 5 falsehoods about Ebola

Revisiting Reza Aslan's response to Bill Maher about female genital mutilation

Readers had questions about a recent item, so we followed up on Reza Aslan's claim that female genital mutilation is a "central African problem." Here's where it also occurs, though to what extent is not clear.

A few words to those who think George Will was right about Ebola going airborne through a sneeze

Some folks say we got it wrong on our recent fact-check of George Will. See our response. Also on PunditFact: • Revisiting Reza Aslan's response to Bill Maher about female gender mutilation • Top 5 falsehoods about Ebola • Fact-checking Fox, MSNBC and CNN: PunditFact's network scorecards  

Fact-checking the Oct. 19 news shows

One pundit criticized the media for Ebola fear-mongering, another claimed the virus could spread through the air.   • A few words to those who think George Will was right about Ebola going airborne through a sneeze • Top 5 falsehoods about Ebola • Fact-checking Fox, MSNBC and CNN: PunditFact's network scorecards

Top 5 falsehoods about Ebola

Rhetoric is heating up over Ebola. See our top 5 falsehoods. • Fact-checking Fox, MSNBC and CNN: PunditFact's network scorecards • Fact-checking the Oct. 12 news shows

Fact-checking the Oct. 12 news shows

The Sunday shows stoked fears that Ebola could spread further in the United States. • Fact-checking the fallout from Bill Maher's Muslim monologue • Fact-checking Fox, MSNBC and CNN: PunditFact's network scorecards  

PunditFact previews the Oct. 12 Sunday shows

PunditFact gives you the first look at the guests on the Sunday news shows. On Sunday, we see if what they said is true. You can read how they fared here or weekly in the Daily Beast.

Fact-checking the fallout from Bill Maher's Muslim monologue

The comments about Islam from comedian, social critic, atheist and cable talk show host Bill Maher continue to stir reactions across the TV dial and across the political spectrum.   • Fact-checking Fox, MSNBC and CNN: PunditFact's network scorecards • A fact-checker’s toast to ‘Crossfire’  

A fact-checker’s toast to ‘Crossfire’

The CNN political talk show returned to great fanfare in 2013 but now sits on indefinite hiatus, according to published reports. We review some of the show’s memorable moments. • Fact-checking the Oct. 5 news shows • Fact-checking Fox, MSNBC and CNN: PunditFact's network scorecards

Fact-checking the Oct. 5 news shows

See our latest fact-checks from the Sundays news shows.

PunditFact's guide to the Sunday, Oct. 5 shows

PunditFact gives you the first look at the guests on the Sunday news shows. On Sunday, we see if what they said is true. You can read how they fared here or weekly in the Daily Beast.

Fact-checking claims about social justice, children

Pundits put the spotlight on hunger, child marriage and female genital mutilation. 

Fact-checking the war comparisons between Obama and Bush

The irony of President Barack Obama, Nobel Prize winner and putative anti-war candidate, launching extensive airstrikes in Syria, has led to comparisons with President George W. Bush. Also on PunditFact • See PunditFact's TV network scorecards. • A history of the presidential salute.

Emma Watson severely undercounts number of child marriages in UN speech

The correct figure would have only amplified her point.   Also on PunditFact • See PunditFact's TV network scorecards. • See our most-recent Pants on Fire claims. • A history of the presidential salute.  

Fact-checking the Sept. 28 news shows, talk about Syria

Debate about the air strikes in Syria continued.

Sunday news show preview for Sept. 28

Every Friday PunditFact gives you the first look at the guests on the Sunday news shows. On Sunday, we see if what they said is true. You can read how they fared here or weekly in the Daily Beast. The list is updated as shows announce their guests.

When the U.S. goes to war, TV networks call on the warheads

A group of military analysts decipher U.S. military analysts for TV viewers, but who exactly are they? PunditFact wanted to find out. Read more fact-checks about terrorism, Iraq, and the military.

Fact-checking pundits on climate change

Climate change is in the news with President Barack Obama's Tuesday address at the United Nations Climate Summit in New York. 

Fact-checking the Sept. 21 news shows

The discussion turns to President Barack Obama's plan to combat the Islamic State and Americans' addiction to the NFL.

'The Donald' is right about spanking statistic

Donald Trump doesn't have a particularly good track record on PunditFact's Truth-O-Meter, but he got a claim about spanking statistics largely correct this week. Also on PunditFact: Network scorecards Q&A, See the Fox News scorecard, See the MSNBC scorecard.

Fact-checking claims about domestic violence, Ray Rice

The release of a video showing NFL running back Ray Rice striking his now-wife in an Atlantic City, N.J., casino elevator revived conversations about domestic violence on politics and sports shows alike. Also on PunditFact: View our TV network scorecards; See our most-recent Pants on Fire claims; Learn about our new website. 

Fact-checking Fox, MSNBC and CNN: PunditFact's network scorecards

Want to see how a particular cable channel or network is performing on PunditFact’s Truth-O-Meter? Now you can from a computer or on your tablet or phone. Read more.  Also on PunditFact: Network scorecards Q&A, See the Fox News scorecard, See the MSNBC scorecard.

Fact-checking the Sept. 14 news shows

Pundits discussed the NFL's handling of the Ray Rice investigation and the options to defeat the Islamic State in Syria and Iraq.

Sunday news show preview for Sept. 14

Every Friday PunditFact gives you the first look at the guests on the Sunday news shows. On Sunday, we see if what they said is true. You can read how they fared here or weekly in the Daily Beast. The list is updated as shows announce their guests.

'The Five' co-hosts duel over the corporate tax rate

On a recent edition of The Five on Fox News, co-hosts Eric Bolling and Bob Beckel clashed on the state of the United States’ corporate taxes. We took a look at both sides of their argument.    

Fact-checking the Sept. 7 news shows

Chuck Todd debuted as the new host of Meet the Press, with an interview with President Barack Obama. 

Sunday news show preview for Sept. 7

Every Friday PunditFact gives you the first look at the guests on the Sunday news shows. On Sunday, we see if what they said is true. You can read how they fared here or weekly in the Daily Beast. The list is updated as shows announce their guests.

Claims about McDonald's hit the Truth-O-Meter

Internet claims about the Golden Arches soared around social media ahead of a planned Sept. 4 strike by fast food workers in support of a $15 hourly wage and union rights. Is it really more profitable to work at a McDonald's in Copenhagen over Cleveland?

Fact-checking claims about the Islamic State

The violent terrorist group that calls itself the Islamic State is eliciting fear from all corners of the world after its brutal advances through Iraq this summer, including the slaughter of religious minorities and soldiers and the video-recorded beheadings of two American journalists.

Fact-checking the Aug. 31 news shows

President Barack Obama said last week the United States doesn't yet have a military strategy to deal with the Islamic State. So pundits made some suggestions.

Sunday news show preview for Aug. 31

Every Friday PunditFact gives you the first look at the guests on the Sunday news shows. On Sunday, we see if what they said is true. You can read how they fared here or weekly in the Daily Beast. The list is updated as shows announce their guests.

The VA story the networks didn't cover this week

Back in May, anyone who tuned in to almost any news show was guaranteed to hear about administrative delays that caused the deaths of 40 veterans at a VA hospital in Phoenix. A significant development in that story happened this week, but you likely missed it.

Fact-checking claims about race after Ferguson shooting

The shooting of 18-year-old African-American Michael Brown by a Ferguson, Mo., police officer has led to a broader discussion of race in America. PunditFact has recently fact-checked several claims centering on race.  

Fact-checking the Aug. 24 news shows

A pundit claimed Sunday that President Barack Obama wanted to keep 10,000 troops in Iraq. We decided to see if that was true.

Sunday news show preview

Every Friday PunditFact gives you the first look at the guests on the Sunday news shows. On Sunday, we see if what they said is true. You can read how they fared here or weekly in the Daily Beast. The list is updated as shows announce their guests.  

Fact-checking Ferguson

The killing of an unarmed black 18-year-old by a white police officer in a St. Louis suburb is raising questions about the makeup of the police department and its response to the Aug. 9 shooting.  

Did Ferguson police officer fail to call in shooting?

That's the claim by actor Jesse Williams. We reviewed the evidence and found a murky picture.

Your guide to the Sunday, Aug. 17 news shows

Every Friday PunditFact gives you the first look at the guests on the Sunday news shows. On Sunday, we see if what they said is true. You can read how they fared here or weekly in the Daily Beast.

The Internet's overreach on the Ebola outbreak

As the Ebola outbreak grows in Africa, misinformation about the epidemic is spreading about the crisis here in America.  

Fact-checking the Aug. 10 news shows

The Sunday shows debated President Barack Obama's decision to conduct airstrikes in Iraq.

Your guide to the Sunday, Aug. 10 news shows

Every Friday PunditFact gives you the first look at the guests on the Sunday news shows. On Sunday, we see if what they said is true. You can read how they fared here or weekly in the Daily Beast.

Fact-checking claims about Africa

Amid ongoing concerns over the Ebola crisis in West Africa and Boko Haram’s latest attacks in Nigeria, the inaugural business summit between the leaders of the U.S. and dozens of African nations wrapped up this week. We fact-checked two claims about Africa.

Fact-checking claims about Israel and Gaza

The minute-by-minute changes in the developments in Israel and Gaza make it difficult for fact-checkers to keep things straight. ​But since the escalation in violence began last month, PunditFact has been able to examine a few of the claims central to the conflict.  

Fact-checking the Aug. 3 news shows

After fretting about the spread of the Ebola virus, the Sunday shows returned to their normal script: Refereeing  arguments between President Barack Obama and the Republican-controlled House.

Your guide to the Sunday, Aug. 3 news shows

Every Friday PunditFact gives you the first look at the guests on the Sunday news shows. On Sunday, we see if what they said is true. You can read how they fared here or weekly in the Daily Beast.

Dissecting the impeachment talk on MSNBC, Fox News

Nate Silver posted an interesting look at how the cable networks are handling the impeachment talk in Washington. We decided to dig into the numbers ourselves.

What we know about the alleged transcript of Obama and Netanyahu call

The world is buzzing with the leak of an alleged transcript between U.S. President Barack Obama and Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. But we warn you: Proceed with caution.

Fact-checking the July 27 news shows

Talk centered on the crises abroad, including in Gaza and Ukraine.

Your guide to the Sunday, July 27 news shows

Every Friday PunditFact gives you the first look at the guests on the Sunday news shows. On Sunday, we see if what they said is true. You can read how they fared here or weekly in the Daily Beast.

Fact-checking claims about MH 17, Russia and Ukraine

The downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 in eastern Ukraine has brought the world’s attention back to events there, months after Ukraine formed a new government over concerns about the country's increasing ties to Russia.  

Fact-checking the July 20 news shows

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry appeared on all five major Sunday news shows, making the case that Russian-backed Ukrainian separatists were responsible for the shoot down of Malaysia Airlines flight 17. We fact-checked two of Kerry’s claims.  

Your guide to the Sunday July 20 news shows

Every Friday PunditFact gives you the first look at the guests on the Sunday news shows. On Sunday, we see if what they said is true. You can read how they fared here or weekly in the Daily Beast.

Fact-checking claims about the current immigration crisis

The influx of unaccompanied children at the U.S.-Mexico border is pushing border security officials to their limits and putting pressure on President Barack Obama and Congress to take some sort of action. PunditFact has been fact-checking the claims of pundits who have been scrambling both to provide context for this surge of children and to assign blame.

Q&A about our new network scorecards

Since we launched our network scorecards, you’ve asked plenty of questions. We thought we’d share some of the most common -- along with our answers.  

Fact-checking the July 13 news shows

Pundits and politicians debated the situation on the southern U.S. border, what needs to be done and who is to blame.

Your guide to the Sunday, July 13 news shows

Every Friday PunditFact gives you the first look at the guests on the Sunday news shows. On Sunday, we see if what they said is true. You can read how they fared here or weekly in the Daily Beast.

Learn how PunditFact tracks the networks

PolitiFact's next Google+ Hangout On Air is set for noon ET on Thursday with PunditFact editor Aaron Sharockman.

Meet the 'zombie stat' that just won't die

70 percent of the world's poor are not women. But the claim has lived on for almost 20 years, cited by everyone from Hillary Clinton to Carly Fiorina to a UN campaign featuring Nicole Kidman. Find out where the statistic came from and why it can't be killed in our special report.

Introducing: Scorecards for the TV networks

We’re making it easier to see how a particular cable channel or network is performing on PunditFact’s Truth-O-Meter.

Fact-checking 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.

Your guide to the Sunday June 29 news shows

Every Friday PunditFact gives you the first look at the guests on the Sunday news shows. On Sunday, we see if what they said is true. You can read how they fared here or weekly in the Daily Beast.

What's old is new again: 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.

Fact-checking the June 22 news shows

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

Your guide to the Sunday June 22 news shows

Every Friday PunditFact gives you the first look at the guests on the Sunday news shows. On Sunday, we see if what they said is true. You can read how they fared here or weekly in the Daily Beast.

Fact-checking claims about the defeat of House No. 2 Eric Cantor

The defeat of Eric Cantor, the No. 2 House Republican seen as a future Speaker of the House, stunned the political establishment. Pundits took to national TV to sort out how a better-funded, party-backed candidate could lose to little-known college professor Dave Brat.

Fact-checking the June 15 news shows

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

Your guide to the Sunday June 15 news shows

Every Friday PunditFact gives you the first look at the guests on the Sunday news shows. On Sunday, we see if what they said is true. You can read how they fared here or weekly in the Daily Beast.

Fact-checking claims about Brazil's World Cup

As excited as he is for the FIFA World Cup in Brazil, comedian John Oliver called out soccer's governing body during his weekly HBO show Last Week Tonight. We looked into two interesting claims -- one about an expensive "bird toilet," the other about beer.

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

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." PolitiFact looked into that claim.

Fact-checking the June 8 news shows

Pundits and politicians debate the decision to swap Bowe Bergdahl for five Taliban prisoners.

Your guide to Sunday, June 8 news shows

Every Friday PunditFact gives you the first look at the guests on the Sunday news shows. On Sunday, we see if what they said is true. You can read how they fared here or weekly in the Daily Beast.

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. We fact-checked three recent claims.

Fact-checking the June 1 news shows

What are Hillary Clinton's accomplishments as secretary of state? Fox News took up the issue Sunday.

Who's on the June 1 shows? Your Sunday lookahead

Your first look at the Sunday shows.

No, there isn't a federal Zombie Apocalypse Plan

Sarah Palin told her 4.2 million Facebook fans that the federal government is paying for a Zombie Apocalypse Plan. But it's not what you might think.

Ed Schultz on the Truth-O-Meter

PunditFact has fact-checked MSNBC host Ed Schultz nine times. The liberal talking head has yet to receive a rating above Half True. 

Fact-checking claims about Hillary Clinton

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s new memoir about her time heading the State Department arrives in a couple weeks, further fueling the "will-she-won’t-she?" chatter surrounding her potential 2016 presidential bid.

Fact-checking claims about the VA wait lists

Allegations about secret wait lists and delays for veterans seeking care at VA facilities around the country have begun to reverberate in Washington.

Fact-checking the May 18 news shows

Fox panelists wanted to talk about Hillary Clinton's brain, while California Gov. Jerry Brown took on climate change on ABC.

Sept. 11 memorial in Sunday spotlight

The May 18 shows will feature former New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg, the Cheneys and more.

HBO's Oliver is right: Mitch McConnell isn't a 'homegrown Kentucky girl'

HBO's John Oliver used the Truth-O-Meter during a bit about the Kentucky Senate race.

Fact-checking the May 11 news shows

George Will wanted to talk about light bulbs on "Fox News Sunday."

Chuck Hagel, Robert Gates, Marco Rubio coming to May 11 Sunday shows

The spotlight is on Nigeria, Benghazi and Ukraine this Sunday, though the Department of Veterans Affairs is also in the news.

ID bracelets for gun owners? Sarah Palin gets it wrong

In her speech to the NRA, 2008 Republican vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin said the White House wants to force gun owners to wear "special bracelets that would identify you as a gun owner." We review the evidence.

Fact-checking the May 4 news shows

You can't accuse the traditional media of ignoring the investigation into the response to the U.S. consulate attack in Beghazi, Libya, on Sunday.

Talk of Donald Sterling, Benghazi on tap for May 4 Sunday shows

The pundits will have plenty to chew on in the widely rebuked remarks on a leaked voicemail by Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling, new Benghazi emails and mixed April jobs numbers. Plus, Texas Gov. Rick Perry appears on Meet the Press.

What we know about the NSA surveillance program

Former NSA boss Keith Alexander said this week that, "We’re not just out there gathering U.S. communications, listening to their phone calls, or collecting their emails." PunditFact reviews the evidence.

Political pundits err in talk about Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling

Political pundits turned from health care to basketball last week to discuss news surrounding racist comments made by Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling. But they didn’t always have their facts straight.

Fact-checking the April 27 news shows

Pundits spun a Supreme Court decision about affirmative action and talk about Elizabeth Warren into claims about income inequality. 

Elizabeth Warren tops Sunday guest list, will she run in 2016?

Elizabeth Warren insists she isn't running for president in 2016, but we've heard that talk plenty before. How will she answer the question Sunday on ABC's This Week?

7 things pundits got wrong about health care

We've checked seven statements from pundits about the health care law in the past 30 days. No one said anything close to true.

Is IRS Obama's Watergate?

Fox's George Will says the IRS' practice of scrutinizing tea party groups applying for nonprofit status rises to the level of Watergate. We review the evidence.

What's old is new again: Fact-checking claims about the Civil War and slavery

Pundits have gone back into history to make several claims recently about slavery and the Civil War.

Fact-checking the April 13 news shows

Laura Ingraham and James Carville debated the Affordable Care Act on ABC's "This Week."

The RAND health insurance report: A guide

A RAND survey on the insurance market has been quoted selectively. Our guide shows what it really said.

PunditFact partners with The Daily Beast

Starting Sunday April 13, The Daily Beast will begin publishing PunditFact’s analysis of the weekly Sunday news shows. The analysis, which also will be available on PunditFact.com, has become a staple of PunditFact’s weekly work.

And the PunditFact Madness winner is ...

After more than 3,500 votes, we have the winner in our first-ever PunditFact Madness bracket challenge. Donna Brazile takes home the top prize.

Fact-checking the April 6 news shows

A pair of politicians debated gun policies on military bases in the wake of the second Fort Hood shooting, while a conservative pundit wanted to talk Obamacare poll numbers.

Sunday preview: Fort Hood, CIA interrogation report and campaign money

Once again, Fort Hood was the scene of a deadly rampage. It raises troubling questions for the military and psychological toll of war.

PunditFact Madness Final: Brazile vs. Roberts

You narrowed the field down from 16 to the final 2 -- Donna Brazile and Cokie Roberts. Now pick your favorite.

PunditFact Madness Final 4

Just four pundits remain in our first-ever bracket challenge. Vote for your favorites now.

Fact-checking the March 30 Sunday shows

Rudy Giuliani appeared on NBC's "Meet the Press" to defend New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie. 

March 30 shows take on NSA reforms, Obamacare and Ukraine

Will Congress pick up on Obama's plan to put the brakes on NSA metadata warehousing? Sunday talkers chew on that, along with Obamacare and next steps in the tug-of-war with Russia over Ukraine.

PunditFact Madness Elite 8

George Will and Peggy Noonan were bounced in the first round of voting. Now we're down to the Final 8. Find out who made the cut and how to vote.

Fact-checking the March 23 Sunday shows

Mitt Romney returned to CBS' "Face the Nation" to talk about Russia, while actor Matt Damon told an ABC audience about the need for clean water in the developing world.

Mitt Romney returns (again) to the Sunday show lineup

The 2012 GOP nominee for president will be on "Face the Nation" Sunday, where he's likely to criticize President Barack Obama over foreign policy.

Road to the pundit Final Four

There's a bracket for everything, right? So here's a bracket we created featuring 16 pundits.

Napolitano, Stewart debate the Civil War

In proof that the past is never settled business, Daily Show host Jon Stewart and Judge Andrew Napolitano of Fox News threw down last week over whether the Civil War needed to happen.We fact-checked several of their claims.

Fact-checking the March 16 Sunday shows

Guests on the Sunday shows used polling information to back up their points. We decided to dive into the crosstabs.

March 16 shows to talk latest news on Ukraine, missing Malaysian plane

The Sunday shows bring in top-ranking members of Congress and experts in national security and transportation to dissect the week's biggest news stories abroad. PunditFact will be watching and listening for facts to check. Follow our coverage on Twitter.

What is a pundit?

A question we've been hearing a lot is who exactly is a pundit, and who isn't. See our definition.

Fact-checking the March 9 Sunday shows

Discussions covered a missing Malaysian airliner, the Conservative Political Action Conference and continuing turmoil in Ukraine.

Ukraine, CPAC focus of March 9 Sunday shows

U.S. Sens. Rand Paul and Ted Cruz are some of the GOP headliners we expect to hear from on the heels of the Conservative Political Action Conference.

A fact-checker’s guide to the crisis in Ukraine

The events happening in Ukraine are unfolding quickly and so is the political rhetoric. We summarize six recent fact-checks from PolitiFact and PunditFact.

Fact-checking the March 2 news shows

Russia's military intervention in Ukraine had pundits and politicians talking. They had their facts straight, we found.

Sunday shows will feature military cuts, Oscars

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel comes to Face the Nation, and actor and director Ben Affleck joins This Week.

We're joining reddit, and we need your help

PunditFact is reaching out to redditors to help find facts to check.

Fact-checking the Feb. 23 news shows

Much of the talk Sunday focused on the events in Ukraine.

Feb. 23 Sunday shows to feature Kiev, George W. Bush

The Washington talk shows look outward this weekend with the focus on protests in Ukraine. Plus, interviews with former President George W. Bush, a Scandal star, and the cutest DCist around, Bao Bao the giant panda. 

Where the words 'subhuman mongrel' came from

Ted Nugent recently called President Barack Obama a "subhuman mongrel." CNN's Wolf Blitzer took to the airwaves to reveal the troubling roots of those words.

Fact-checking the Feb. 16 news shows

Pundits talked about climate change and the minimum wage on the Sunday shows.

Sunday shows to dish on Michael Sam, extreme weather, 'House of Cards'

Without much news to analyze from the Capitol, the news shows plan to broaden their focus to sports, entertainment and the weather on Sunday. Don't worry, wonks: There will be foreign policy and economic talk, too. And PunditFact will be watching for fact-checks.

Just how many jobs will the Keystone pipeline bring?

CNN's Van Jones offered a number, based on a report, and it's low. How low?

Fact-checking the Feb. 9 news shows

Pundits talked about the Sochi Olympics and a report from the Congressional Budget Office about the health care law.

Sunday shows turn to Sochi, CBO report on Obamacare

Pundits and politicians appearing on the Feb. 9 Sunday shows will talk about security concerns with the Olympic games in Russia and what a new nonpartisan report says about the health care law's impact on job creation. 

Who the sports pundits picked to win the Super Bowl

Seahawks or Broncos? The sports pundits offered their prediction Sunday ... and we're keeping score.

Super Bowl facts, falsehoods

We decided to check in on the sports pundits ahead of the big game between Seattle Seahawks and Denver Broncos.

Fact-checking 7 claims about marijuana

Discussions about legalizing marijuana have kept PolitiFact and PunditFact busy. Since the start of 2013, we’ve tackled claims related to pot 15 times, with 10 coming in the past six months. Here are seven claims that capture the ongoing debate.

Revisiting George W. Bush's DUI arrest

Conservative pundit Ann Coulter recently brought up the story of George W. Bush's DUI arrest to draw a distinction between Fox News and MSNBC.

Fact-checking the Jan. 26 Sunday shows

The most interesting claims Sunday came from a pair of Republican senators.

State of the Union address takes center stage on Sunday shows

The politicians and pundits assess President Barack Obama's opportunity to shape the 2014 agenda - the issues he'll raise and how much he's likely to be able to get done. Plus, concern over potential terrorist attacks at the Winer Olympics in Sochi.

Watch out ESPN: PunditFact fact-checking sports talk

To mark the big game between the Seattle Seahawks and Denver Broncos, PunditFact has some special Super Bowl fact-checking plans.

Fact-checking the Sunday Jan. 19 news shows

Vladimir Putin gave a rare interview to ABC's "This Week." We fact-checked two of Putin's claims.

National security to top Sunday shows

President Barack Obama's plans to rein in the National Security Agency get lots of attention. ABC sits down with Russian President Vladimir Putin, plus there will be more discussion of the troubles of New Jersey governor Chris Christie and "Bridgegate."

Fact-checking claims about income inequality

People have been talking about things other than New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie. We analyzed two recent claims about income inequality.

PunditFact bringing fact-checking to Tampa Bay television

An exciting new partnership will bring our fact-checks to a new audience.

How MSNBC and Fox News covered Chris Christie's 'Bridgegate'

PunditFact reviewed minute-by-minute breakdowns of Monday's programming to see how MSNBC, Fox News and CNN played coverage of New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie.

Fact-checking the Jan. 12 news shows

The Sunday shows continued the coverage of New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and "bridgegate."

What's coming up on the Sunday talk shows

Look for much discussion about New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, poverty in America and foreign policy setbacks for President Obama.

Fact-checking claims about the 'polar vortex'

The cold isn't stopping people from making some eye-popping claims about world weather patterns.

Who is the No. 2 owner of Fox News, and what did he say

A Facebook meme says the No. 2 owner of Fox News is a man named Prince Alwaleed bin Talal, who says a "strong American government is not good for us." We wanted to dig deeper.

Fact-checking the Sunday Jan. 5 news shows

Mitt Romney talked about the Sochi games, an MSNBC controversy and Obamacare during an interview on Fox News Sunday.

Previewing the Sunday Jan. 5 news shows

The political conversation turns to Sochi this Sunday.

Mail call: PunditFact hears from our readers

Readers stuffed our stockings with feedback on our recent work.

Fact-checking the Sunday Dec. 22 news shows

Renewed talk about the NSA’s spying programs gave pundits and politicians the opportunity to revisit history on the Sunday talk shows.  

What's coming up on the Sunday talk shows

The Sunday shows look at the the National Security Agency and recommendations from a presidential panel. Plus, it's never too early to talk about the next presidential election. 

Introducing "After the Fact"

Today we launch a new segment that allows pundits to respond to our work.

Bill O'Reilly vs. PunditFact

On Tuesday's The O'Reilly Factor, host Bill O'Reilly mixed praise and criticism over two of our recent fact-checks.

A sign of hope in Iran talks?

We recently looked into a claim that Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has more cabinet members with Ph.D.s from American universities than President Barack Obama.

Fact-checking the Sunday Dec. 15 news shows

Newt Gingrich tried to tie Democrats to the problem of poverty in the United States on ABC's "This Week."

Previewing the Dec. 15 Sunday shows

A bipartisan budget compromise and sanctions against North Korea are on the agenda.

Spin in the no-spin zone? PunditFact fact-checks O'Reilly

Fox News' Bill O'Reilly caught the attention of fact-checkers recently with claims about marijuana and communism.

What do baby names say about a shift in American politics?

Univision anchor Jorge Ramos said that Jose, Camilo and Maria are now more popular names in the United States than John or Steven. PunditFact decided to investigate further.

Fact-checking the Dec. 8 news shows

Fox analyst Brit Hume said Sunday that President Barack Obama’s decision to start talking about raising the minimum wage and income inequality was a political calculation to shift the discussion away from the health care law. If so, it worked.

Obamacare half-truths in the Sunday talk shows

We sorted out the spin on Obamacare from pundits on the left and right in the Dec. 1, 2013, Sunday shows.

Do Republicans have ideas on health care?

Democratic pundit Donna Brazile on CNN said that Republican plans don't give people "an option to even enroll in something that they can afford."

Fact-checking the Sunday Nov. 24 shows

The news of the day was Iran, but that didn't stop former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin from talking about the health care law.

Confused about the health care law? We can see why

The talking heads are making it awfully difficult to understand what's happening with the health care law. A big problem is that hard data is still hard to come by, so we're left with best-guess estimates, anecdotes and lots of spin.

Is Census worker smoking gun in alleged jobs report rigging?

Fox and Friends host Elisabeth Hasselbeck suggested Census Bureau worker Julius Buckmon admitted to helping fake the nationwide jobs report before the 2012 presidential election. We take a look at the evidence.

Fact-checking Nancy Pelosi on 'Meet the Press'

On Sunday's Meet the Press, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi defended the health care law and President Barack Obama's promise that people could keep their health insurance.

Differences between the debt and the deficit

On Tuesday's PoliticsNation, host Al Sharpton and guest Goldie Taylor confused debt with deficit.

Scott Brown gets his swearing-in timeline wrong

Former Massachusetts Republican U.S. Sen. Scott Brown took a stroll down memory lane Monday while talking about the health care law with Fox News’ Gretchen Carlson. But he got his history wrong.

James Carville says Barack Obama 'saved the auto industry'

Democratic strategist and professional pundit James Carville defended President Barack Obama on Monday's Morning Joe, claiming Obama saved the auto industry. We take a look under the hood.

Fact-checking the Sunday Nov. 10 shows

It was all Chris Christie, all the time Sunday. The newly re-elected New Jersey governor wouldn't say whether he plans on running for president in 2016, but that didn't stop the pundits from talking about it.

Fact-checking the TV cable networks

PunditFact allows you to sort fact-checks by cable news network, to see how claims on TV meaure up.

Limbaugh, Beck attack health care law

Rush Limbaugh and Glenn Beck, two of the biggest names in conservative talk radio, have had plenty to say about the health care law recently. We fact-check two of their claims.

Fact-checking the Sunday news shows

We're launching the website with a full-court press on Sunday's political news shows. See how the pundits rated on the Truth-O-Meter.

Welcome to PunditFact: A new home for fact-checking

Even in the entertaining and boisterous world of punditry, words matter and people should be held accountable for what they assert.