Articles from October, 2011

Halloween special report: our scariest fact-checks!

We review some of our scariest fact-checks and find the Truth-O-Meter is burning brighter than a jack-o-lantern.

PolitiFact Lab at Poynter will explore new ventures

We are partnering with the Poynter Institute for joint projects and educational programs.

Fact-checking the "Supercommittee" hearing

We take our first look at the bipartisan congressional panel charged with finding $1.5 trillion in deficit reduction by Thanksgiving.

Readers speak out about our ruling on Biden, Flint crime stats

We asked for reader comments on our rating of a claim by Vice President Joe Biden about crime statistics in Flint, Mich. Here's a sampling of what we received.

A Facebook post with data too good to check

An Internet post claims that Republicans in Congress have offered "zero" bills on "job creation." But as it turns out, that's because the non-partisan congressional office that labels bills isn't using a category called "job creation."

Marco Rubio's Cuba history gets tested

Did Rubio's parents come to America following Fidel Castro's takeover?

When fact-checkers disagree

We gave Biden a Mostly True for his claim about crime in Flint, Mich. FactCheck called it a Whopper and the FactChecker gave him four Pinocchios. What's up with that?

Mailbag: Immigrant gardener edition

Many readers disagreed with our rating on Mitt Romney's claim that he had not hired illegal immigrants. "You made a mistake on this call," said one reader.

Fact-checking the Republican debate in Nevada

Herman Cain's 9-9-9 tax plan was under attack early from the GOP field. Later Mitt Romney and Rick Perry collided over immigration.

How creative editing distorts the truth in Perry video

A snip here, a snip there: A look at how some selective editing in Perry's new video twists the truth.

Checking Herman Cain's math on 9-9-9

Herman Cain told us that a person making $50,000 a year would be better off under his 9-9-9. We crunch the numbers with a trio of accountants.

Trade agreements don't have all protections promised

Obama earned a Compromise for his campaign promise to include environmental and labor protections in trade agreements.

Fact-checking the Dartmouth GOP debate

The Republican presidential candidates debated Tuesday night at Dartmouth College. 

Some new broken promises on the Obameter

We've been posting updates to the Obameter, our feature that tracks President Obama's campaign promises.

Checking claims from Occupy Wall Street

We've begun fact-checking claims from the protesters in New York's financial district. Let us know if you see one you'd like us to check.

President Palin? Not this time

As former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin takes herself out of the running for the Republican nomination, we look back at her record on the Truth-O-Meter.

$16 muffins -- or incomplete invoices?

We examine the federal government's alleged purchase of $16 muffins. It's Mostly False.

PolitiFact News Service puts the Truth-O-Meter in print

We're launching a print syndication service that offers our fact-checking work to newspapers for their print editions.

Putting Chris Christie to the test on job creation

As Chris Christie ponders entering the Republican presidential race, his critics have already begun attacking his record in office. Here we take up two claims about job creation on his watch in New Jersey.