Articles from May, 2013

Principles of PolitiFact

A couple of times a year, we publish this overview of our procedures and the principles for Truth-O-Meter rulings.

Michele Bachmann and the Truth-O-Meter

The Minnesota Republican kept the Truth-O-Meter busy. Accuracy was an issue, but her statements were always interesting!

PolitiFact Australia brings fact-checking to TV

Our fact-checking partner in Australia teams up with the network Channel 7 to bring fact-checking reports to TV.


Claims about the IRS and the controversy over Benghazi have kept the Truth-O-Meter busy.

As the IRS sits in the hot seat, we check tax facts

We looked at two claims -- one by a Republican lawmaker, one by a Democratic lawmaker -- that go to the heart of whether the IRS is too fearsome, or not doing enough.

Fact-checking Michele Bachmann on the IRS and the health care law

Bachmann's statements get a Mostly False, a False and a Pants on Fire!

Mailbag, Facebook edition: 'Stick to the definition of investigation'

Readers sound off on our latest checks about discrimination protection for gay people, the attacks in Benghazi, court-martialing Christian soldiers, and categorizing injury by turkey.

TV ad uses gun votes as ammunition

Marco Rubio's political action committee launches a TV ad defending Kelly Ayotte's votes on gun background checks. We check the accuracy.

Fact-checking claims about the attacks in Benghazi

The deaths of four Americans at a diplomatic outpost in Libya have fueled a war of words between Republicans in Congress and President Barack Obama. We compare the rhetoric with the facts.

Fact-checking more claims about the sequester

Broad-based cuts to the federal budget are starting to have an impact on states and cities. We look at our latest round of fact-checks on the cuts known as sequestration.

PolitiFact expands to Australia

The Truth-O-Meter is now down under. The launch of PolitiFact Australia marks our first international venture and a big step for the global fact-checking movement.

Looking for the truth on attacks in Benghazi

With some information still classified, we look at some basic facts of Sept. 11, 2012, and this week’s congressional testimony.

Did crime plummet after U.S. let guns into national parks?

We debunk the claim that rapes, murders, robberies and assaults dropped 85 percent after guns were allowed in the national parks.

The Senate takes up immigration

Senators begin marking up proposed immigration legislation. We cut through what's true and what's not in the debate.

In Context: Hillary Clinton's 'What difference does it make' comment

With the attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya, back in the news, we take an In Context look at what Hillary Clinton said about the attack back in January. Benghazi is the subject of another congressional hearing today.

Is the Pentagon court-martialing Christian soliders?

Some blogs are pushing a story that the military will court-martial soldiers who hold the Christian faith. We sort out the facts.

Is a new study of Medicaid a game changer?

A few weeks ago, we rated a claim by Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, that "expanding Medicaid will worsen health care options for the most vulnerable among us in Texas." Then, this week, a landmark study was published that addresses some of the same questions. Would it have changed our False rating for Cruz? We take a fresh look.

Fact-checking President Obama's press conference

President Obama spoke with reporters on the 100-day mark for his second term. We checked the facts.