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The Challange and Dilemma: Fact Checking in Journalism and Research

Majid Rafizadeh | Posted 04.21.2014 | Media
Majid Rafizadeh

A well-written and thought-provoking article can be totally discredited by neglectful fact checking. When a reader comes across an article on a subjec...

Jason Linkins

PolitiFact 'Lie of The Year': 'If You Like Your Plan, You Can Keep It'

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 02.12.2014 | Politics

It's end of the year honors time, here in the media, and with it comes another round of remembering the most dubious political achievements of 2013. Over at PolitiFact, that means it's time for the "Lie Of The Year" -- a dishonor they've been bestowing since 2009, without managing to particularly discourage people from lying. There are years where PolitiFact whiffs rather badly, but this year, they get a lay-up.

'LIE OF THE YEAR'

The Huffington Post | Jack Mirkinson | Posted 12.13.2013 | Media

Fact-checking website PolitiFact is out with the latest edition of its "Lie of the Year." In 2013, the dubious prize went to President Obama for his w...

What Can You Believe About 'Obamacare'?

Linda Bergthold | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Linda Bergthold

A small part of the American public still believes some astonishing lies about this law, and new lies are surfacing every day. Let me evaluate some of these myths.

TRUE: Rachel Maddow Will Hate This

Posted 10.11.2013 | Media

TRUE: Rachel Maddow will hate this. We're talking about PunditFact, a new website being launched by PolitiFact that will fact-check hosts, contrib...

Florida Insurers Are Now Free to Screw Consumers and Must, By Law, Blame Obamacare

Wendell Potter | Posted 10.20.2013 | Politics
Wendell Potter

Folks in Florida are facing having to pay far more for health insurance over the next two years than necessary. And health insurance executives will be laughing all the way to the bank.

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....

Rep. David Cicilline Is Right About Social Security, PolitiFact Was Wrong (Again)

Ben Veghte | Posted 07.24.2013 | Politics
Ben Veghte

PolitiFact's judgment of Rep. Cicilline's statement as "Mostly False" demonstrates a lack of understanding of Social Security that would preclude most journalists from presuming to judge the truth of others' statements on the issue.

Jason Linkins

Politifact Awards 'Lie Of The Year' To Romney Jeep Ad

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 12.13.2012 | Politics

We have come to the end of another year, and so it is once again time for PolitiFact to tell us what the 2012 "Lie Of The Year" is. For me, it's prett...

'LIE OF THE YEAR'?

Posted 12.13.2012 | Media

PolitiFact has named Mitt Romney's claim that Jeep is moving its U.S. production to China as its "Lie Of The Year." Romney made the false claim in...

What Do Obama and Romney Have in Common?

Summer Wu | Posted 01.05.2013 | Teen
Summer Wu

Isn't it a problem that regardless of who becomes president, less than a quarter of what he says is true? Dishonesty and politics are so commonly associated that most Americans expect politicians to lie.

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?

John Celock

Tea Party Favorite Booed At Debate

HuffingtonPost.com | John Celock | Posted 10.19.2012 | Politics

The Republican nominee for an Ohio U.S. Senate seat, state Treasurer Josh Mandel, was booed at the second debate Thursday evening after telling his De...

Worse Than Losing: How Obama Changed the Media Narrative

Dan Kennedy | Posted 12.04.2012 | Media
Dan Kennedy

You're going to hear a lot of talk from President Obama's supporters today about why Romney's vastly superior performance didn't matter. Don't believe it. In fact, the first debate is going to matter a great deal in the days ahead.

How Much Would the Obama Budget Reduce the Deficit?

Paul N. Van de Water | Posted 11.14.2012 | Politics
Paul N. Van de Water

Ignoring the enacted savings would understate the total amount of deficit reduction that current budget proposals would achieve. It also would understate the overall share of deficit reduction achieved through program cuts rather than tax increases.

The FactCheck Election

Dave Helfert | Posted 11.04.2012 | Media
Dave Helfert

How did politicians completely lose their fear of getting caught? When did they lose their shame? When did it become acceptable political behavior to twist reality or just make things up?

52 Reasons to Vote for Obama: #28, Kept His Campaign Promises

Bernard Whitman | Posted 11.04.2012 | Politics
Bernard Whitman

As president, Barack Obama has kept, compromised, or is currently working on an astounding 74 percent of his campaign promises, the equivalent of a Presidential batting title.

Are We Better Off Now Than Four Years Ago?

Daniel Simon | Posted 11.01.2012 | Politics
Daniel Simon

Romney asked a question at the RNC that addresses a number of issues in one. He asked his listeners if we were better off four years ago. In the word...

PolitiFact Weighs In On Harry Reid's Claim About Romney's Tax Returns

The Huffington Post | Sam Stein | Posted 08.06.2012 | Politics

PolitiFact, the independent fact checking entity, has concluded that Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid's accusation that Mitt Romney didn't pay taxes ...

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.

Arthur Delaney

Surprise! 'Job Killer' Claims Usually Unsubstantiated

HuffingtonPost.com | Arthur Delaney | Posted 06.14.2012 | Media

The phrase "job killer" is rarely substantiated when it appears in news stories, according to a study published Thursday morning. The analysis, con...

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.

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.

WATCH: Rachel Maddow Blows Up At Her Arch-Nemesis

Posted 05.11.2012 | Media

Rachel Maddow took on her arch-nemesis Politifact again on Thursday, begging the fact-checking organization to "go away" after what she saw as another...

Walker Is the "False Statement" Champion

Jon Richards | Posted 06.25.2012 | Politics
Jon Richards

Earlier this year during a televised visit to a conservative think tank in Washington, Walker said he was a "great believer in the truth" as he tried to defend his terrible record as governor. Politifact hasn't rated this Walker statement yet, but this one's easy. It gets a Pants-on-Fire False.