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NRA's Ominous But Misleading Appeal

FactCheck.Org | Robert Farley | Posted 10.04.2014 | Politics

The following post first appeared on The National Rifle Association employs images in a series of TV ads of an intruder breaking...

Fact-Checking Immigration Reform In 2013

Politifact | Posted 01.23.2014 | Latino Voices

Supporters of an immigration overhaul had high hopes that 2013 would be their year. Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, a GOP presidential contender and son of ...

That's What He Said: Quoting Mark Twain

Cindy Lovell | Posted 01.25.2014 | Books
Cindy Lovell

Mark Twain remains the most frequently quoted American author, which means he is also the most frequently misquoted author. When a good Mark Twain quote is needed to punch up a paper or spice up a speech, it is possible to verify it with a credible source.


Frank A. Weil | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Frank A. Weil

Have you ever read something in a newspaper or magazine about something which you happened to have firsthand knowledge of and realized that what was r...

Obamacare Myths Explored

Posted 09.16.2013 | Politics

The Following post first appeared on Summary We’ve been batting down bogus claims about the Affordable Care Act for years, ...

OOPS: Pelosi Gives Flawed History Lesson | Eugene Kiely | Posted 09.04.2013 | Politics

The Following post first appeared on Rep. Nancy Pelosi mistakenly claimed that President Clinton launched an airstrike in 1999 a...

Nonfactual Cruz Figures Explored

Posted 07.26.2013 | Politics

The Following post first appeared on Sen. Ted Cruz says there will be “20 or 30 million” people living in the U.S. illegally...

Trustworthy Journalism in a Fact-checking-free World

Craig Newmark | Posted 09.24.2013 | Media
Craig Newmark

Our social contract with the news business is that they hold the powerful to account. In return, we buy the products of news outlets, and give news professionals certain protections, like the U.S. First Amendment and shield laws.

Four Pinocchios For Bachmann

Washington Post | Posted 06.30.2013 | Politics

During the House of Representative debate over the bill that ended the furloughs of air traffic controllers, Rep. Michele Bachmann responded to commen...

Which Republican Party Are We Dealing With?

Scott Lilly | Posted 04.16.2013 | Politics
Scott Lilly

Until mainstream Republicans stand up to that radical view, there is little likelihood that the president can craft a bipartisan deal to avert sequestration--or, for that matter, reach any compromise on any of the pressing issues facing the country going forward.

Social Security Is Not the Problem

Rep. Hank Johnson | Posted 03.25.2013 | Politics
Rep. Hank Johnson

Now is the right time for a discussion about the deficit and debt, but Social Security does not contribute to either, and so cuts to the program should be off the table. Any discussion of Social Security's finances should take place separately from discussions of the federal debt.

Why the Truth Doesn't Matter (to the Candidates)

Todd Phillips | Posted 12.29.2012 | Politics
Todd Phillips

What we have is a gigantic gap between what citizens are expected to know about politics and what is possible. It is by expecting the impossible that we have gotten into this morass of misinformation. Does this mean democracy is an impossible ideal?


Jamie Lee Curtis | Posted 12.23.2012 | Celebrity
Jamie Lee Curtis

Haven't seen one of those yellow bracelets yet. I'm sure they're coming. We should all wear both of them as we are all both of them, for to LIVE is to LIE.

The Debate Trilogy, Part III: Still Waiting for the Return of the Jedi

Mickey Costa | Posted 12.23.2012 | Politics
Mickey Costa

This year's debates were just like they always were, but for some reason I expected something different. Debates offer the candidates a rare opportunity, one outside of the arena of platitudes and skewed facts in advertising, to directly make their case to undecided voters.

Mr. President, It's Time to Come Out Swinging

Etan Thomas | Posted 12.15.2012 | Politics
Etan Thomas

Obama can't wait for the fact-checkers. The people need to hear directly from his mouth. As soon as the moderator says, "Mr. President, you have five minutes," they need to hear, "Everything he said is a lie, and here is the truth."

Postmodern Stress Disorder

Landon Ross | Posted 12.15.2012 | Politics
Landon Ross

It's a strategy that has for the most part gone unpenalized by a media which seems resigned to playing sportscaster when its real duty is referee, having manacled itself with the irrelevance that comes in the service of "balance."

Fact Check: Debate Claims By Joe Biden, Paul Ryan Scrutinized

AP | CALVIN WOODWARD | Posted 12.11.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON — Vice President Joe Biden has mangled a heaping helping of facts over the years. Despite being newer to presidential-campaign politi...

Beware the Confidence Man

Christopher Holshek | Posted 12.11.2012 | Media
Christopher Holshek

In a fun way, we can teach ourselves and our kids to become better political consumers than we have been, because our world now demands it and we can no longer afford our ignorance.

Another Dubious Romney Debate Statement

The Huffington Post | Dave Jamieson | Posted 10.09.2012 | Politics

In a testy exchange during last week's presidential debate, Mitt Romney suggested that a certain tax break criticized by President Barack Obama didn't...

Mitt Attack On Obama Features Misleading Clinton Jab

Posted 09.11.2012 | Politics

The Following post first appeared on A new Romney ad would have viewers believe that former President Bill Clinton was commentin...

When Facts Deceive

David Westin | Posted 11.06.2012 | Media
David Westin

Considering that facts are always true, it's surprising how often they can deceive us. That's why all the fighting between the presidential campaigns over the facts and whether they're being manipulated to mislead is much, much more than just petty politics. Thankfully, at least for the moment, we've come light-years from being trapped in a fiction that "fair and balanced" is the best way to cover all the serious issues of the day. Sometimes there is a right answer, and we need people in the media to have the courage to call some balls and strikes as our leaders and those around them are throwing fastballs and curves at us.

Fact Checkers Need Not Apply

Alex Palombo | Posted 11.05.2012 | Politics
Alex Palombo

Of course you can get pregnant from rape. People know that. What people generally do not know -- or don't care to learn about -- is economics, and that's why Romney's welfare lie is more dangerous.

America, We Have a Problem

Jared Bernstein | Posted 10.30.2012 | Politics
Jared Bernstein

Following Paul Ryan's acceptance speech last night, the fact checkers and many in the media have been working hard to correct the many falsehoods. It show's we're deep into the post-truth era.

Paul Ryan Takes Factual Shortcuts In Speech

Posted 08.30.2012 | Politics

By RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR AND JACK GILLUM, ASSOCIATED PRESS WASHINGTON — Laying out the first plans for his party's presidential ticket, GOP vic...

Obama Hits Back At Romney Pollster

The Huffington Post | Melissa Jeltsen | Posted 08.29.2012 | Politics

At a campaign event on Wednesday, President Barack Obama latched onto remarks made by Neil Newhouse, a pollster for Mitt Romney, who said this week th...