Articles from February, 2012

Hey, Super Tuesday states! Send us your suggestions!

If you live in a Super Tuesday state, send us examples of campaign ads, mailings or robocalls that you think we should fact-check.

Did Obama say everyone should go to college?

Rick Santorum called Barack Obama a "snob" because he "once said he wants everybody in America to go to college." We check 18 Obama speeches and find that's not what he said.

In Context: Santorum on church and state

In an interview on ABC's This Week, the former senator explained his disagreement with John F. Kennedy's 1960 speech about religion.

A contest for our 5,000th: Predict our 10,000th

We've hit a milestone -- our 5,000th Truth-O-Meter fact-check. We're having a contest for the most creative predictions of our 10,000th. Winners get PolitiFact merchandise!


We've reached a milestone: our 5,000th Truth-O-Meter article! To celebrate, we're reviewing our most popular fact-checks of the past five years and the share of True, False and Pants on Fires.

Fact-checking the Arizona presidential debate

The 20th episode of our favorite show had some familiar claims and some new ones. We put them to the Truth-O-Meter.

In Context: Santorum on Satan

In the latest installment in our occasional series, we provide the full context for Rick Santorum's 2008 comments about Satan.

For birthday of president No. 1, a look No. 44

In honor of Washington’s Birthday, we’re throwing the spotlight on our current leader’s record for truth-telling. President Barack Obama, PolitiFact's most fact-checked politician, has faced the Truth-O-Meter more than 340 times.

Keeping facts straight on 98% of Catholic women

We delve into criticism that we missed the facts with our Mostly True rating on the claim that 98 percent of Catholic women have used contraception.

Fact-checking the U.S. Chamber of Commerce

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce jumped into congressional races with a barrage of ads this month, focusing on the economy, jobs and taxes. But they all had issues with the truth.

Is 'Glee' right about the growth of Spanish?

We throw a cold Slushie on a factual claim by a character on the show who says the Census Bureau believes a majority of Americans will speak Spanish as their first language by 2030.

The perfect last-minute Valentine’s Day gift

What’s more heart-melting than your very own Pants on Fire button? Give your loved one the PolitiFact Mobile App. Nothing says true love like the Truth-O-Meter!

In Context: Santorum on women in combat

Here's the full context for the controversial remark by the Pennsylvania Republican on women in combat.

The health care law, Catholics and birth control

The White House announced a compromise today on who pays for free contraception. Here's our guide to the policy that prompted president's new plan.

On the Stump: Checking Romney's Nevada speech

In the first in a series examining the speeches of the presidential candidates, we examined claims that Mitt Romney made in Nevada.

Checking Obama's promises on flexible-fuel cars

During the 2008 campaign, Barack Obama promised to boost the market for flex-fuel cars, which run on an ethanol-gasoline blend. We check how he's doing.

Did Newt Gingrich pay a $300,000 'fine'?

We're revising our ruling to Mostly True.

Does Obama 'demonize,' 'denigrate' almost every sector of our economy?

Mitt Romney has adopted a new attack against President Barack Obama -- that the president "demonizes and denigrates almost every sector of our economy." We took a closer look by reviewing dozens of Obama's speeches and public remarks.

Men, monkeys and the origin of AIDS

PolitiFact Tennessee explores the controversial claim of a state senator that AIDS was transmitted to humans because "one guy" had sex with "a monkey" and then started "having sex with men."

In Context: Romney's comments on whether he cares for the very poor

Mitt Romney's comments about the poor have stirred up a fuss. Here's the full exchange, part of our new "In Context" series to show you controversial remarks without editing.

No, Martin Luther King was not a Republican

Republicans around the country are repeating a claim that MLK was a member of the GOP. We check with King's biographer and some history books and find it's not true.