Articles from September, 2011

Pundits fare poorly on the Truth-O-Meter

Our new PolitiFact app for iPhone, iPad and other devices allows you to compare subjects and groups with our overall tally. It reveals pundits are more likely to earn False and Pants on Fire ratings.

Are the Texas wildfires linked to climate change?

In a political speech in California, President Barack Obama took some jabs at Texas Governor Rick Perry and his comments on global warming. "You’ve got a governor whose state is on fire denying climate change," Obama said. But are the Texas wildfires linked to climate change? We put that to the Truth-O-Meter.

The facts about Herman Cain's 9-9-9 tax plan

Herman Cain stunned the Republican political establishment  on Sept. 24, 2011, easily winning Florida's Presidency 5 straw poll by trumpeting a platform of tax reforms that he calls the "9-9-9 Plan." But what is the "9-9-9" plan? We explain.

The PolitiFact report card on Herman Cain

The Georgia businessman won a surprising victory in the Florida straw poll. We review his record on the Truth-O-Meter.

Did Romney alter his book's comments on health care?

Perry claims Romney made some strategic edits in the paperback edition of No Apologies to downplay his comments on health care. We examine both editions to see if Perry is right.

Fact-checking the Fox News-Google GOP debate

The GOP candidates face off in Orlando, with questions from Fox News and YouTube. We put their claims to the Truth-O-Meter.

Does a secretary pay higher taxes than a millionaire?

Not usually, but it can happen. We review the president's recent comments on tax policy.

Has Social Security stabilized poverty among the elderly?

Rachel Maddow touts Social Security's track record in keeping senior citizens out of poverty. We found her applause is mostly deserved.

Truth serum needed for incorrect vaccine claim

Michele Bachmann said an HPV vaccine could cause mental retardation. Doctors say that's false.

Fact-checking claims about Obama's jobs bill

Congress hasn't yet taken up President Barack Obama's jobs bill, but that hasn't stopped supporters and critics from making claims about what the bill would do. We check three of the claims. 

Did Rick Perry double spending in 10 years?

A pro-Bachmann group says government spending in Texas has doubled under Rick Perry. PolitiFact Texas checks the numbers and puts the claim to the Truth-O-Meter.

What's the deal with Gail Collins and Romney's dog?

The New York Times columnist has mentioned Seamus' trips on the roof of the Romney station wagon an amazing 19 times. We check the dog's tale to see if it's true.

Fact-checking the CNN/Tea Party Express GOP debate

At the CNN-Tea Party Express debate in Tampa, the Republican candidates discussed Social Security, Medicare and immigration. We put their claims to the Truth-O-Meter.

How large is the rebirth in Lower Manhattan?

New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg says the number of people living in Lower Manhattan has doubled in 10 years and now exceeds the growth of Atlanta, Dallas and Philadelphia combined. PolitiFact New Jerseys puts his claim to the Truth-O-Meter.

Stanford, Notre Dame and ... the University of Miami?

Donna Shalala says the academic achievements of the University of Miami's student-athletes are "mentioned in the same breath and spirit as Notre Dame and Stanford." We put that to the Truth-O-Meter.

Fact-checking the Reagan Library debate

The GOP candidates talked about jobs, immigration and more jobs during the debate at the Reagan Library.

The legend of Al Gore and Rick Perry

It's been repeated so often it's now legend: Rick Perry chaired Al Gore's 1988 campaign in Texas. It began as an unfounded claim by a Democrat and went unchallenged by Perry. We dig into the claim, find he was a supporter but not chairman, and correct our mistakes.

Did the U.S. win major battles in losing Vietnam?

During a speech before the 93rd annual conference of the American Legion on Aug. 30, 2011, President Barack Obama praised the Vietnam War veterans, saying "let it be remembered that you won every major battle of that war. Every single one."

Readers chew over ruling on Clinton's vegan diet

A number of readers stood up for crustaceans and other creatures, saying our ruling on a claim by People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals didn't pay them enough heed.

For Labor Day, we check claims about jobs and wages

For Labor Day weekend, we review recent claims about jobs, labor and wages.

Rick Perry said Obama aided drilling in Brazil

We drill into the Texas governor's claims that President Barack Obama "goes to Brazil and delivers $2 billion to that country to help them with their offshore drilling projects.