Articles from February, 2011

PolitiFact fields fire after rating False a Rachel Maddow statement

The editor of PolitiFact National appeared on CNN’s "Reliable Source" this weekend, defending a recent False rating bestowed on a statement by MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow.

Perry-O-Meter moves on federal education money

With a trip to Washington, Gov. Rick Perry works on his promise to bring home $830 million in federal education aid that’s on hold.  

Mailbag: “You should have a Socialist-O-Meter”

Readers tell us how they would have rated statements (and one suggests a leftish replacement for the Truth-O-Meter).

Truth getting milked in Wisconsin showdown

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, we read, says no one should be shocked he’s seeking to whittle collective-bargaining rights for government-employee unions in the Badger State. PolitiFact Wisconsin put the kibosh on that claim; it’s also fact-checked more than a dozen others, finding few statements to be True.

PolitiFact National posts principles of PolitiFact

For the first time, Washington-based PolitiFact National has posted the principles we live by in choosing statements to check and then, after research, reaching our ratings.

Pants on Fire!

The Truth-O-Meter seems more flammable lately.

Texas abortion counts vary by, oh, a gazillion percent

As Texas senators discussed a proposal to require women seeking abortions to get a sonogram first, two made wildly different claims about the annual number of abortions in the state. One was right, and the other, well, he gave a belated shout-out to PolitiFact Texas. Thank you. Thank you very much.

The Truth-O-Meter report card on John Cornyn

With Texas’ junior senator running for Republican whip, we review how his claims have fared on the Truth-O-Meter.

The Perry-O-Meter moves on eminent domain

When the Texas Senate advanced legislation designed to better protect property owners, Gov. Rick Perry edged closer to keeping a campaign promise.

Democrats paint different picture of Perry's state

After Gov. Rick Perry’s optimistic State of the State address, Democratic state Sen. Wendy Davis ripped ruling Republicans while also launching statements that sounded very familiar — as in already fact-checked.

Perry's familiar lines plus "shout-out" to Doggett

Gov. Rick Perry fired off an un-Truth-O-Metered charge this week — that a "certain Texas congressman" is holding education dollars hostage. But other State-of-the-State statements had a familiar ring.

Your moment of Zen: The Daily Show lampoons the Texas House

Comedy Central took on Republicans who called for a Christian conservative to lead the House, prompting us to revisit statements about the speaker’s race.

Keeping health plan that you like--or not

In 2009, President Barack Obama memorably said that under the Democatic-steered health care overhaul, "if you like your health care plan, you can keep your health care plan." It’s the catchphrase that’s launched a raft of Republican rejoinders -- even now, a year after the legislation was passed. U.S. Rep. Blake Farenthold, R-Corpus Christi, recently wrote that the administration predicts that up to 7 of 10 Americans with employer-provided health coverage could lose that coverage. PolitiFact National looked into that.

Pro-life, pro-choice, pro-truth

In American politics, few issues bring blood to a boil as consistently as abortion. Over the past 13 months, we’ve checked numerous related statements including, most recently, Gov. Rick Perry’s Jan. 22 declaration that there have been 50 million U.S. abortions since the Supreme Court’s Roe v. Wade decision in 1973.