iOS app Android app

Factcheckorg

Gardner Needs to Explain His Support for Personhood

Jason Salzman | Posted 08.20.2014 | Denver
Jason Salzman

It's not just senatorial Colorado candidate Cory Gardner who's taken the endlessly puzzling position of being opposed to personhood at the state level but supportive of the federal version.

Michigan Senate Candidate Twists Democrat's Record In New Ad

Posted 05.31.2014 | Politics

The Following post first appeared on FactCheck.org. A Web ad from Republican Senate candidate Terri Lynn Land claims her opponent, Rep. Gary Pe...

GOP Rep's Health Care Claims Fail Fact Check

FactCheck.org | Eugene Kiely | Posted 08.14.2013 | Politics

The following post first appeared on FactCheck.org. Rep. Louie Gohmert is wrong when he says a “poor guy out there making $14,000″ is “go...

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?

The Internet as Political Lie Detector

Timothy Karr | Posted 12.12.2012 | Technology
Timothy Karr

In a year of misleading political attack ads and distracted television newscasters, the Internet may offer salvation for voters seeking the truth. A new Google poll found that 64 percent of battleground-state voters have used the Internet to fact-check the candidates in 2012.

CNN, FactCheck.org On Romney's $5 Trillion Tax Plan: Trust Him

The Huffington Post | Matt Sledge | Posted 10.04.2012 | Politics

Despite an otherwise lackluster performance, one area where President Barack Obama went on the offensive in Wednesday night's debate was over Mitt Rom...

WATCH: Why the Debates Are "All We've Got Left"

Bill Moyers | Posted 12.02.2012 | Politics
Bill Moyers

Last week, I spoke with Kathleen Hall Jamieson, founder of FactCheck.org, about what Americans deserve to hear from Obama and Romney during the debates, as well as why she considers the debates "all that we've got left" to spread truth and knowledge.

The Man in the Chair Who Wasn't There

Jason Stanford | Posted 10.31.2012 | Politics
Jason Stanford

Pound for pound, Mitt Romney doesn't match up well with Obama, so they've unconsciously created an alternate presidency they abhor. Clint Eastwood manifested this dysfunction when he debated that empty chair on the stage in Tampa. But the man in that chair isn't really there.

Soledad O'Brien's Amazing John Sununu Interview Should Be Taught in Journalism School

Andy Ostroy | Posted 08.15.2012 | Politics
Andy Ostroy

Perhaps, given the unprecedented polarization and partisan vitriol in politics today, coupled with the right-wing's propaganda campaign of lies and distortion, we just might see a return of the mainstream media as a potent force in this heated election.

Romney Campaign Releases New Ad Accusing Obama Of Spreading Lies

The Huffington Post | Sabrina Siddiqui | Posted 07.12.2012 | Politics

Mitt Romney's campaign released a new ad on Thursday accusing President Barack Obama of running a dishonest campaign and spreading lies about Romney a...

Seniors Are Asking... What's Next for Medicare?

Linda Bergthold | Posted 09.10.2012 | Politics
Linda Bergthold

Now that the Supreme Court has declared the Affordable Care Act to be constitutional, what is the impact going to be on Medicare? The short answer? Not much.

Think Again: As a Matter of Fact

Eric Alterman | Posted 07.17.2012 | Media
Eric Alterman

When fact-checking organizations tend to find many more conservative lies than liberal ones, rather than respond that conservatives tell far more lies, the fact-checkers go looking for liberal fabrications and find them whether they exist or not.

Sam Stein

Romney Forced To Distance Himself From Family's Gay Rights Views In 2002

HuffingtonPost.com | Sam Stein | Posted 05.16.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- As complicated as the politics of gay marriage have been for President Barack Obama to navigate, they have proven problematic for Mitt R...

Do ‘Most Americans' Agree With Romney On Gay Marriage?

Posted 05.14.2012 | Politics

The following post first appeared on FactCheck.org. The Republican party chairman claims “most Americans” agree with Mitt Romney “that ma...

Group Backing GOP Senator Makes Gross Exaggeration

Posted 04.12.2012 | Politics

The Following post first appeared on FactCheck.org. A group supporting Utah Sen. Orrin Hatch claims in a TV ad that a Republican challenger “...

Is This a Real Big Step Toward Holding Politicians Accountable?

Craig Newmark | Posted 04.22.2012 | Media
Craig Newmark

(Folks, I rarely quote press releases like this, but the folks at FlackCheck.org, sister site of FactCheck.org, might have something brilliant here....

Romney Touts Misleading Claims

FactCheck.org | Lori Robertson and Robert Farle | Posted 01.05.2012 | Politics

The Following post first appeared on FactCheck.org. Mitt Romney has taken to saying that he created more than 100,000 net jobs through his work...

GOP Hopeful's 'Pelosi-Driven' Charge Incorrect

FactCheck.org | By Michael Morse and Eugene Kiely | Posted 12.08.2011 | Politics

Newt Gingrich falsely claimed the House ethics panel that voted to reprimand him in 1997 was "a very partisan political committee." He was also off ba...

GOP Hopeful's Climate Change Claims Investigated

FactCheck.org | By Brooks Jackson | Posted 12.05.2011 | Politics

Newt Gingrich went too far when he claimed that “I’ve never favored cap-and-trade.” It’s true he’s never favored the approach taken by De...

Restoring Fact-checking

Craig Newmark | Posted 01.28.2012 | Media
Craig Newmark

Recently, Jeff Jarvis held an event on restoring fact-checking to the news business. Here's my very brief attempt at getting my head around what happened and what's happening with big deal fact-checking.

What Health Care Reform Has and Has Not Accomplished One Year Later

Linda Bergthold | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Linda Bergthold

Just a month ago, a new poll revealed that 22% of the public thought health reform had been repealed, and another 26% were unsure or unwilling to say. Apparently there are some misunderstandings in need of being cleared up.

Source Cited In Maynard Attack Ad Retracts Story But Spot Still Running

Heath Harrison | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Heath Harrison

A source cited by Republican Elliott "Spike" Maynard in an attack ad against Democratic Congressman Nick Rahall of West Virginia has retracted a story used as the basis of the racially-tinged spot, but the spot is still running.

Fact Check vs. FACT CHECK

Joe The Nerd Ferraro | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Joe The Nerd Ferraro

In the common lexicon of today's world, FactCheck, as in FactCheck.org, has become somewhat of a Kleenex Brand in political circles.

When the Republicans Lie About Health Care, We Have to Fight Back

Ethan Rome | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Ethan Rome

When the Republicans say they want to repeal the health care law, they're talking about giving health care back to the insurance companies so they can deny our care, drop us when we get sick and jack up our rates whenever they please.

Anger and Outrage -- America's Fastest Growing Religion

Larry Gellman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Larry Gellman

As long as a growing group of people continues to believe that our national sickness is all about dark-skinned people and evil politicians, our problems will only get worse.