Articles from February, 2011

Fact-checking the federal budget fight

A deadline looms for the federal budget on Friday, with even more deadlines to come.

Responding to Rachel Maddow

The MSNBC host criticized PolitiFact for a False rating we gave her and our decision not to issue a correction. We explain our reasoning and post our e-mails to Maddow's producer.

Fact-checking the prank call and other Wisconsin claims

During a prank call from a blogger, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker said most of the protesters in Madison were from out of state. We put that and other new claims to the Truth-O-Meter.

Fact-checking the pundits on Wisconsin's budget

We look at what's being said about the budget controversy in Wisconsin.

Principles of PolitiFact and the Truth-O-Meter

We explain our process for selecting claims to check and how we make our Truth-O-Meter rulings.

A firestorm in Wisconsin

The budget proposal from Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker has prompted protests, intense debate and lots of factual claims. PolitiFact Wisconsin has put many of them to the Truth-O-Meter.

Fact-checking the NRA on 'Right to Carry'

We dig into the numbers on crime and gun laws.

Let the budget battling begin

The release of President Barack Obama's proposed budget this week has kicked off a back-and-forth over fiscal policy. We start by looking at a claim by the president that  within a couple years, the U.S. will "not be adding more to the national debt."

Fact-checking Doonesbury

In Sunday's strip, Mark Slackmeyer made a claim about gun deaths. We put it to the Truth-O-Meter.

Fact-checking CPAC

We fact-check speeches from the annual Conservative Political Action Conference in Washington.

Are U.S. companies sitting on piles of excess money?

President Barack Obama says they are -- nearly $2 trillion worth, in fact. And he tells the Chamber of Commerce it's time for wary businesses to get in the game and start investing that money in business expansion and new employees.

Maddow takes on Fox News over New Black Panther Party

In an interview with David Letterman, MSNBC host Rachel Maddow said that Fox News had said that "the New Black Panther Party decided the election for Barack Obama." We checked her claim.

Judging Reagan's legacy: The Gipper meets the Truth-O-Meter

Ronald Reagan -- who would have turned 100 this month -- remains a figure of fascination throughout the ideological spectrum. One sign is that claims about his presidency regularly reach the Truth-O-Meter. Here are a dozen of our rulings on the Reagan legacy.

Fact-checking Bill O'Reilly's interview with President Barack Obama

We fact-check the Fox News host's sit-down with the president.

Fact-checking claims on Egypt and Israel

We look at three statements about the Middle East.

For Reid, it's always sunny in Nevada

In a televised interview, Sen. Harry Reid of Nevada said that his home state could be "energy independent within the immediate future." But we found that the math doesn't work out.

Keeping health plans you like -- or not

When President Barack Obama said, "If you like your health care plan, you can keep your health care plan," it was catchy -- but it offered an opening for Republican critiques. Today, almost a year after the bill passed, it's still inspiring GOP attacks.

A 3.8 percent 'sales tax' on real estate transactions for health care?

A clause in the law sparked a Pants on Fire chain e-mail that's still going strong.