Articles from December, 2010

PolitiFact's wildest and wackiest claims of 2010

We checked lots of strange claims in 2010. We're not sure why so many of them involved animals.

Mailbag: The best of our 2010 reader comments

We review our favorite reader comments. One says "Glenn Beck rules, PolitiFact drools." Another says, "If I could marry a website, I would be Mrs."

Our favorite pundit fact-checks of 2010

Throughout the year, we put pundits such as Glenn Beck, Rachel Maddow and Rush Limbaugh to the Truth-O-Meter. Here are our favorite items, which cover the spectrum from True to Pants on Fire.

Where the clicks were: our most-read 2010 fact-checks

Our list includes timely topics, chain e-mails and Michele Bachmann.

Not every claim was questionable this year

Rhetoric during the 2010 campaign season was so filled with falsehoods and exaggerations that we rated the entire election Barely True. But the year also had its share of true statements. Here are five that surprised us for being correct.

The best of 2010 from PolitiFact state sites

We launched partner sites in eight states in 2010 and found the Truth-O-Meter worked as well on governors and mayors as it does on the president.  To end the year, we review some of our favorite state Truth-O-Meter items.

Mailbag: Lie of the Year

Many readers didn't agree with our choice. One complains about our "alleged fact-checking swill."

Obama gets START treaty through the Senate

The Senate approved a nuclear treaty between the United States and Russia, sending the Obameter to Promise Kept.

Tracking President Obama's tax promises

We continue our work reconciling the bipartisan tax law with Obama's campaign promises.

Fact-checking a bumper sticker from a Volkswagen

We spotted the bumper sticker in Northwest Washington, D.C.  So we put it to the Truth-O-Meter.

Busy lame duck gets Obameter moving

We look at President Obama's campaign promises in light of recent action from Congress.

PolitiFact's Lie of the Year: 'A government takeover of health care'

The Republican talking point was the most pervasive falsehood of the year, used hundreds of times by GOP leaders and candidates. And it worked: a majority of Americans believe the law is a government takeover.

Lie of the Year: Readers' poll results

Readers' poll winner

Lie of the Year: Interview with Howard Dean

Extended excerpts from an interview with Howard Dean

Lie of the Year: Reader comments

Readers comment on PolitiFact's 'Lie of the Year'

PolitiFact's Lie of the Year to be announced tonight

We'll be announcing the year's most significant falsehood here at 11:30 p.m., and we'll be discussing it on Nightline and tomorrow on NPR's Morning Edition.

Has government added jobs, or lost them?

In a Wall Street Journal op-ed, outgoing Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty, a potential 2012 Republican presidential candidate, said government has added 590,000 jobs since January 2008. We found he was way off.

Fact-checking the estate tax

Critics on both sides of the political aisle criticize the estate tax estate tax portion of the compromise plan on taxes. We check one from each side.

How's he doing? On the economy, a mixed bag

Former GOP strategist Matthew Dowd said on ABC's This Week that the economy has "only worsened" since Barack Obama became president. We look at a range of economic statistics to gauge whether he's right.

Bernie Sanders talks and talks. Are his facts right?

The Vermont senator's filibuster includes facts we happened to be checking from his Nov. 30 speech. He earns a True and a False.

A history lesson for Obama on Social Security, Medicare

The president wrongly describes the history of the two programs. The Truth-O-Meter turns red.

Fact-checking attacks on the DREAM Act

With the DREAM Act heating up in Congress, so too is the rhetoric about it. We take a look at several claims from opponents of the bill, which would provide a path to citizenship for children brought to the United States illegally if they complete two years of college or in the military.

Compromise moves the Obameter

A pending tax deal between President Obama and the Republicans prompts us to review his campaign promises.

Finalists for PolitiFact's 2010 Lie of the Year

We'll announce the winner soon. And make sure you vote for the Readers' Choice award.

Beck's tale of the 'real' Bedford Falls not so real

The talk show host likens an Ohio town to Bedford Falls from It's a Wonderful Life. PolitiFact Ohio checked to see if he was right that the town didn't want federal help.

Checking Palin and Boehner on the Bush tax cuts

With Congress debating whether to extend the Bush tax cuts, there have been lots of claims about public opinion and who is responsible for the cuts expiring. We check claims from Sarah Palin and John Boehner.

Backyard gardens under threat of inspection?

We debunk Internet rumors that a proposed food safety law means U.S. government inspections for home gardeners.