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Colorado Lawmaker Sets Example For Trump, Deletes Fake News

Jason Salzman | Posted 01.30.2017 | Denver
Jason Salzman

Colorado State Rep. Polly Lawrence (R-Roxborough Park) has set an example for lawmakers everywhere, from Trump on down, by removing a fake-news item f...

State Senator Declines to Sign Fake News Pledge, Saying Term Fake News "Smacks of a New Censorship"

Jason Salzman | Posted 01.05.2017 | Denver
Jason Salzman

You'd think twice about signing some pledges, if you're a politician. But a pledge not to spread fake news, if it's found to be false by "Snopes, Pol...

The Fake News Pledge and Colorado Politicians Who Need to Sign It

Jason Salzman | Posted 01.03.2017 | Denver
Jason Salzman

Facebook and Google are taking a lot of heat for allowing falsehoods, packaged as news, to viralize across the internet, but lawmakers, who legitimiz...

Did Facebook Really Elect Trump President?

Mark Weinstein | Posted 11.25.2016 | Politics
Mark Weinstein

By now we've all heard about it. Facebook has a fake news problem, a rampant epidemic of phony and outrageous headlines in which a fraction-of-a-penny-per-click gets traded for lies.

Follow Politifact's Live Fact-Check of Vice-Presidential Debate

Reboot Illinois | Posted 10.04.2016 | Chicago
Reboot Illinois

The Pulitzer Prize-winning fact-checking website PolitiFact will provide live fact checks throughout the vice-presidential  debate on Tuesday. The 9...

Truth Or Dare Contest: The Presidential Race Showdown

Carol Ruth Weber | Posted 09.21.2016 | Politics
Carol Ruth Weber

Two hopefuls have taken their place in the center of the ring. Donald Trump is playing his reality game against viable contender Hillary Clinton who is said to be playing her woman's card. So who do we believe to be telling the truth and do we dare call them on their lies?

Fox Network to Air Quiz Show, "Are You Dumber Than a Trump Supporter?"

Christopher Lamb | Posted 09.09.2016 | Comedy
Christopher Lamb

The Fox Broadcasting Network announced Monday that it will begin airing the quiz show Are You Dumber Than a Trump Supporter? beginning September 21. T...

Fact-Check Friday: Rauner Resurrects 2014 Campaign Theme vs. Democrats

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 09.02.2016 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

This article was created for PolitiFact Illinois, a collaboration between Reboot Illinois and Pulitzer Prize-winning national website PolitiFact. For ...

Reboot Illinois Joins the Pulitzer Prize-Winning PolitiFact Team

Reboot Illinois | Posted 07.13.2016 | Chicago
Reboot Illinois

Illinois never has been more polarized. Our nation never more divided. This campaign season is unlike any other before it. Against this backdrop, in t...

Reboot Illinois Joins the Pulitzer Prize-Winning PolitiFact Team

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 07.13.2016 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

Illinois never has been more polarized. Our nation never more divided. This campaign season is unlike any other before it. Against this backdrop, in t...

Reject Immoral Equivalence

Robert S. McElvaine | Posted 07.07.2016 | Politics
Robert S. McElvaine

American voters must not, however, fall into the trap of thinking that Hillary's occasional lies are even remotely on the level of Trump's, which are constant, day after day, hour after hour, on virtually everything.

Trump vs. Clinton, True, False or "Pants on Fire"

Mark Silva | Posted 06.23.2016 | Politics
Mark Silva

Just because someone says it's so, doesn't make it so. And the combative presidential election contest of 2016 has inspired the mass media equivalent of a Gold Rush of fact-checking.

Is She a Crook?

Dr. Ruth Nemzoff | Posted 06.15.2016 | Politics
Dr. Ruth Nemzoff

For the first time in our history a woman is the nominee of one of the two major political parties. This is a big deal. We should celebrate. Hillary isn't perfect, but neither were any of the 44 presidents who preceded her.

Trump's Problem Isn't the Press, It's the Truth

Mark Silva | Posted 06.01.2016 | Politics
Mark Silva

This is a candidate for the nation's highest office who plays fast and loose with historical facts -- telling of the "thousands'' of terrorist sympathizers in Jersey City on Sept. 11, 2001, seen "cheering as that building was coming down.''

Politifact Is All Wrong About Clooney-Clinton Fundraiser

Liam Miller | Posted 05.06.2016 | Politics
Liam Miller

Recently, Politifact's fledgeling Punditfact re-rated George Clooney's claim that "The overwhelming amount of money that we're raising is not going to Hillary (Clinton) to run for president... It's going to the congressmen and senators to try to take back congress."

What's Up with a Tea Party Activist Being a Newspaper Editor?

Jason Salzman | Posted 04.29.2016 | Denver
Jason Salzman

If all you knew about Jennifer Kerns was her job title of executive editor of the Colorado Statesman, a newspaper covering Colorado politics, you may have been surprised if you attended last Thursday's meeting of the North Jeffco Tea Party.

Former U.N. Secretary General Kofi Annan Says the War on Drugs has Failed

Jon Greenberg | Posted 04.23.2016 | Politics
Jon Greenberg

In the United States, while there are shifting patterns of drug use, there is no simple relationship to the severity of the nation's drug laws. The caveat is that from the European study, relaxing penalties had equally unpredictable results. Annan's statement needs that bit of context. We rate this claim Mostly True.

The Rules of the Politics Game -- Are There Any?

Stuart Muszynski | Posted 04.13.2016 | Politics
Stuart Muszynski

Lying and lack of integrity have been equal opportunity labels with both parties in the game of politics, and the repercussions to individuals at fault have been few.

Republicans Say Lyin' Ted Cruz And The Liar Donald Trump Are Equally Dishonest

The Huffington Post | Bob Tognetti | Posted 03.25.2016 | Politics

Republican front-runner Donald Trump has been calling his rival, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, "lyin' Ted Cruz" during this week's feuding over their wives. Bu...

Trump and Cruz: Will Somebody Sue Already?

Sue Wilson | Posted 03.03.2016 | Media
Sue Wilson

Republican Presidential contenders Donald Trump and Ted Cruz are at war over what they charge to be false political ads against each other. It's one battle in this bizarre and contentious campaign year which could actually benefit us all.

U.S. Shootings Since 1963 Have Killed More Americans Than All Wars Ever

The Huffington Post | Sebastian Murdock | Posted 02.29.2016 | Politics

Here's the shocking claim: Since President John F. Kennedy was shot down in late 1963, more Americans have been killed by gunfire in this country than...

Politifact's Fuzzy Case Against Bernie Sanders on Pentagon Spending

Robert Naiman | Posted 01.20.2017 | Politics
Robert Naiman

The share of the Pentagon budget which goes into fighting ISIS and international terrorism is a fundamentally unknowable fact, like how God passed the time before creating the world. The question is intrinsically outside the scope of human knowledge.

The Reason Why Trump Draws Huge Crowds

Andy Ostroy | Posted 01.05.2017 | Politics
Andy Ostroy

Trump's rallies are as hot a commodity as Jerry Springer tickets. His "fans" are there for the spectacle not the substance. They want the hockey fight, not the game itself. The game bores them. They just come for the brawls and bloodshed. And Trump gives 'em plenty of both. "Don-ald, Don-ald, Don-ald!"

Trump's 9/11 Lies Will Bring Him Down

Andy Ostroy | Posted 11.25.2016 | Entertainment
Andy Ostroy

To be sure, there are lots of reasons to utterly despise Trump. The litany of unconscionable racist, sexist, homophobic and xenophobic comments, as well as his buffoonish behavior, is more than enough. But now he's trampled on sacred ground.

Carly Fiorina Confronts New Post-Debate Factcheck

The Huffington Post | Jason Cherkis | Posted 10.29.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Republican presidential candidate Carly Fiorina woke up Thursday morning to arguments that her performance the night before, during CNBC...