Bill McCarthy is a staff writer for PunditFact and PolitiFact. Previously, he worked as a reporter for PolitiFact North Carolina at the News & Observer in Raleigh, North Carolina, and before that as an intern. He is a graduate of Duke University's Sanford School of Public Policy. 

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Recent stories from Bill McCarthy

How pundits defended Trump's ABC interview, and why it's misleading

President Donald Trump told ABC's George Stephanopoulos he would accept dirt on his 2020 opponent from a foreign power and might not tell the FBI that he’s done so. Conservative pundits said Hillary Clinton did the same thing with the Steele dossier. We check it out.

In context: Sean Hannity’s conflicting remarks on jailing political opponents

After Fox News host Sean Hannity criticized House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's comments on putting President Donald Trump in jail, some people said he was guilty of a double standard. PolitiFact looked back at Hannity's past suggestions that Hillary Clinton be put behind bars.

Fact-checking Roy Cooper’s State of the State speech

Gov. Roy Cooper made multiple claims about Medicaid expansion, education and more during his State of the State address Monday night. PolitiFact North Carolina checked them.

Fact-checking the congressional race between Dan McCready and Mark Harris

Our guide to the facts in North Carolina's 9th Congressional District race between Republican Mark Harris and Democrat Dan McCready

Fact-checking the congressional race between Kathy Manning and Rep. Ted Budd

Our guide to the facts in North Carolina's 13th Congressional District between incumbent Republican Ted Budd and Democrat Kathy Manning.

Fact-checking the congressional race between Linda Coleman and Rep. George Holding

Our guide to the facts in North Carolina's 2nd Congressional District between incumbent Republican George Holding and Democrat Linda Coleman.  

What North Carolina politicians are saying about Hurricane Florence

In both the aftermath and leading up to the storm, North Carolina politicans were quick to comment on Hurricane Florence on social media. A few attacked their opponents for not preparing the state, and others highlighted how prepared the state actually was. 

Fact-checking Donald Trump, Vladimir Putin in Helsinki

President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin met one-on-one in Helsinki just days after the special counsel indicted 12 Russian intelligence officials for meddling in the 2016 election. In a joint press conference, each leader made puzzling, inaccurate claims.

Fact-checking President Trump’s NATO summit news conference in Brussels

President Donald Trump fielded questions about the United States’ strained relationship with NATO and other topics at the conclusion of the NATO summit in Brussels.

Fact-checking Donald Trump's rally in North Dakota

President Donald Trump headed back to the campaign trail on June 27, to promote the candidacy of Rep. Kevin Cramer, the Republican challenger to North Dakota Democratic Sen. Heidi Heitkamp. In his rally in Fargo, N.D., Trump made a number of statements that were inaccurate or misleading.