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PolitiFact Rated Half Of GOP's Claims This Year As False

The Huffington Post | Ariel Edwards-Levy | Posted 08.15.2014 | Politics

Republicans' claims are far more likely than Democrats' to be rated false by the fact-checking site PolitiFact, according to a study released Tuesday....

Another Dubious Fact Check

Jared Bernstein | Posted 08.07.2012 | Media
Jared Bernstein

It's unsettling when the fact checkers get something wrong, as occurred in a recent PolitiFact review of the claim that median incomes rose $5,500 while Mitt Romney was governor of Massachusetts. PolitiFact grades this claim as mostly true, when it is mostly false.

When Fact Checkers Go Bad... Very Bad

Jared Bernstein | Posted 03.26.2012 | Media
Jared Bernstein

Politifact -- the self-anointed fact checkers -- graded a statement from the president's speech as "half-true." But the statement is not half true or even two-thirds true. It is just true.

When Medicare Isn't Medicare

Wendell Potter | Posted 02.25.2012 | Politics
Wendell Potter

If backers of Ryan's plan would drop the word "Medicare" and name it something with a bunch of numbers and a letter or two in parenthesis, that would be far more honest than calling it Medicare or anything similar.

Should PolitiFact's Truth-O-Meter Be Changed?

PolitiFact | Posted 09.09.2011 | Politics

Many PolitiFact readers have criticized Barely True because they say it puts too much emphasis on "true" when the rating actually describes something ...

Understanding the Economic Impact of an NFL Lockout

Brian Frederick | Posted 05.25.2011 | Sports
Brian Frederick

As if the politics of the NFL labor dispute aren't difficult enough for fans to follow, the economics of the matter are even more daunting.

Is a Government Takeover of Health Care a Lie?

Linda Bergthold | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Linda Bergthold

Was PolitiFact right to call the "government takeover of health care" the "lie of the year" or has the role of government been so enlarged that we can now assume DC is in charge of what our physicians prescribe?

The Way Things Ought to Be

Jim Lichtman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jim Lichtman

While floods of money in our politics is the reality we live in, I don't think we should settle for this.

Liberals Are Liars: More on ABC's Factchecking Failure

Peter Hart | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Peter Hart

PolitiFact recently handed out seven "False" statements -- six to Democrats/liberals, one to a Republican -- and seven "True" labels -- four for Republicans/conservatives, just two for Democrats

Checking ABC's Factcheck: Scrutiny of This Week Better in Theory Than Practice

Peter Hart | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Peter Hart

An evaluation of the record thus far suggests that even this limited attempt to test the accuracy of claims made on This Week has focused largely on trivial points and ignored more substantive and controversial arguments.

Mission Impossible? Educating the American Public about Health Reform

Linda Bergthold | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Linda Bergthold

Your mission, should you decide to accept it, is to help educate the American public about health reform, person by person, from the ground up.

Those "Death Panels" Really Do Exist

Karl Frisch | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Karl Frisch

Death panels are real. They do exist. Your own insurance provider could be in on it. And it's time the media said so.

Et Tu Obama? Letter from a Former Admirer

Harut Sassounian | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Harut Sassounian

Mr. President, we are now terribly disappointed because you acted not much differently than your predecessors on the Armenian Genocide issue.

Obama Undermines His Credibility by Not Saying "Genocide" in Ankara

Harut Sassounian | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Harut Sassounian

It is not clear if Pres. Obama was deceived by the Turks' warnings to third parties not to interfere in the Armenian-Turkish negotiations.

"Obameter" Keeps Track of President's Campaign Promises

Harut Sassounian | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Harut Sassounian

Visitors to can find out the status of Obama's campaign promises by checking the "Obameter" which is divided into three categories: No Action, In the Works, or Stalled.