After the Fact

Paul Ryan

Ryan's office responds to "flip-flop" charge

After our story was published, Ryan’s office responded to our inquiry. His office noted that the bill -- minus three pages worth of amendment text -- was scored by CBO not once but twice, on March 13 and 23. And with a third CBO score coming before a Senate vote, the office argued, lawmakers who voted for it will "own" ...

Hugh Hewitt

Hewitt responds

After this fact-check posted, Hewitt responded to our report in a series of tweets. Hewitt claimed that we did not attempt to contact him. (We did.)

"You just tweeted out a lie that you contacted my booker. To whom and how did you ‘reach out.’  Just a lie. I was on @Twitter all afternoon," Hewitt wrote.

Here’s a copy of ...

Donald Trump

White House releases list of terrorist attacks it considers under-covered

Later that day, on Air Force One, White House spokesman Sean Spicer said Trump had meant to say that terrorist attacks didn't get enough attention. "He felt that members of media don't always cover some of those events to the extent that other events might get covered," Spicer said. The White House released a timeline of terrorist attacks that occurred ...

Sean Spicer

Spicer adds TV, online viewership to bolster claim, is still wrong

Two days after our fact-check and many others like it, White House press secretary Sean Spicer held a press briefing doubling down on his claim of President Trump’s inauguration drawing the "largest audience" ever.

Spicer acknowledged the numbers he gave for metro ridership were inaccurate, but he said he was given the figures from an outside agency.

Nonetheless, he stuck ...

 Bipartisan Report

Bipartisan Report responds to fact-check

After this fact-check published, we received an email from Bipartisan Report responding to our original request for comment.
"Thanks for bringing that to our attention and it was removed it from our page as we try to make every story as accurate as possible. Thanks."
The story was taken down from the website, but so far the 
Donald Trump

Trump says in tweet that he was using 'sarcasm'

The day after we published our fact-check, Trump walked back his comment about Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton being "founder" and "cofounder" of ISIS. He tweeted, "Ratings challenged @CNN reports so seriously that I call President Obama (and Clinton) "the founder" of ISIS, & MVP. THEY DON'T GET SARCASM?" However, as we noted in our original fact-check, Trump ...

Donald Trump

Breitbart responds to fact-check

After we published this fact-check, we heard from a representative of Clinton Cash author Peter Schweizer, who did not respond to our questions prior to publication. He disputed our findings, and his comments were later included in a report on Breitbart, a pro-Trump website. The Breitbart report was titled, "Epic Humiliation: Politifact (sic) Makes 13 Errors in a Single ...