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  • Meet McCain 'birthers': ABC, CBS, NBC, FactCheck, N.Y. Times, more

    03/08/2010 7:02:51 PM PST · by Man50D · 135 replies · 1,096+ views ^ | March 08, 2010 | Jerome R. Corsi
    Many of the same news organizations and research groups today dismissing concerns about Barack Obama's constitutional eligibility were far more eager to cover the issue when Republican presidential candidate John McCain was the subject. An archive search shows the question of McCain's birth certificate and his eligibility to be president was actively pursued by Democratic Party activists and the mainstream media in the run-up to the 2008 presidential election, despite the ridicule now heaped upon those questioning Obama's qualifications under Article II, Section 1 of the Constitution. In an article published Feb. 28, 2008, months before McCain was nominated for...
  • FACT CHECK: Dueling polls and dubious stats

    02/25/2010 2:14:40 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 4 replies · 436+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 2/25/10 | Calvin Woodward and Jim Drinkard - ap
    WASHINGTON – Beware of politicians quoting poll numbers. That was one lesson from the White House health policy conference Thursday as lawmakers in both parties cherry-picked survey results, ignored contrary findings and presented public opinion, which is highly nuanced on these questions, as a slam-dunk. Claims, counterclaims and statistics flew through the room in the daylong talkfest by President Barack Obama and lawmakers from both parties. Some didn't hold up to the facts. Senate Democratic leader Harry Reid of Nevada suggested his party hasn't been preparing to do an end-run around the normal legislative process to pass a health care...
  • Reid says Republicans have used reconciliation more than Democrats

    02/25/2010 12:03:40 PM PST · by Dementio · 18 replies · 1,057+ views
    Politifact ^ | 2-25-2010 |
    Whether or not a reconciliation bill on health care meets the intent of the legislative procedure is certainly a matter for legitimate debate. But Reid said reconciliation has been used 21 times since 1981, and that most of the time, it's been Republicans who have initiated it. We find that there have been 22 reconciliation votes, 14 of them by a Republican-controlled Congress, and that it makes more sense -- in light of the debate over making an end-run around the 60-vote threshold -- to focus on the reconciliation bills that passed without a supermajority. But even then, Republicans have...
  • DOH indirectly confirms: Factcheck COLB date filed and certificate number impossible

    02/23/2010 8:02:16 AM PST · by butterdezillion · 3,699 replies · 35,803+ views
    Butterdezillion | Feb 23, 2010 | Butterdezillion
    I've updated my blog to include the e-mail from Janice Okubo confirming that they assign birth certificate numbers in the state registrar's office and the day they do that is the "Date filed by state registrar". The pertinent portion from Okubo's e-mail: In regards to the terms “date accepted” and “date filed” on a Hawaii birth certificate, the department has no records that define these terms. Historically, the terms “Date accepted by the State Registrar” and “Date filed by the State Registrar” referred to the date a record was received in a Department of Health office (on the island of...
  • Fact-checking Obama's State of the Union

    01/28/2010 2:25:34 PM PST · by Josh Painter · 8 replies · 596+ views
    Political Lore Blog ^ | January 28, 2010 at 3:36 pm | Josh Painter
    The Associated Press found ten whoppers in President Obama's State of the Union address. they are detailed here. Ed Morrissey was surprised, not that AP found errors, but rather that it found "only ten" in the speech: Maybe the Associated Press got as tired as everyone else listening to Barack Obama’s lengthy State of the Union speech last night and stopped paying attention after an hour. Or perhaps AP only found ten because it assigned less than half the number of fact-checkers to the task than it detailed to delve into Sarah Palin's book with a fine-toothed comb. Indeed, Morrissey...
  • Obama State of Union Fact Check

    01/28/2010 4:06:18 AM PST · by Peter Andrew Conservative · 6 replies · 774+ views ^ | 1/27/2010 | Peter Andrew
    This article has 23 Fact Checks on Obama's talk...Here is one of them Obama State of the Union Fact Check # 6 – Pretending to be a Budget Cutter – The Budget Freeze That Wasn’t! 1/27/2010 - The president formally announced his plan to supposedly freeze some spending for 3 years. He may call it a spending freeze but his plan does not freeze spending. He’s counting on you to think that when he says spending freeze it means spending will remain at the same level over the next few years. That’s not true. His idea of a spending freeze...
  • FACT CHECK: Obama and the "hatchet" job

    01/27/2010 7:23:31 PM PST · by Emile · 11 replies · 1,248+ views
    AP via Yahoo ^ | 1/27/10 | Calvin Woodward
    President Barack Obama, who once considered government spending freezes a hatchet job, told Americans on Wednesday it's now part of his solution to the exploding deficit. He didn't explain what had changed. His State of the Union speech skipped over a variety of complex realities in laying out a "common-sense" call to action. A look at some of his claims and how they compare with the facts:
  • Obama at Brookings - FACT Check

    12/08/2009 12:08:07 PM PST · by Peter Andrew Conservative · 12 replies · 874+ views ^ | 12/8/9 | Peter Andrew
    "We got our 11-member investigative team together to look into the Obama speech on the economy given today at the liberal think-tank, the Brookings Institution. They found 10 pieces of solid Brookings Bull very quickly…and they’re still coming up with more (there are plenty). Here’s the first glance... ...Obama’s Brookings Bull # 3 - Republicans Caused this Mess 12/8/9 OBAMA: We were forced to take those steps largely without the help of an opposition party which, unfortunately, after having presided over the decision-making that led to the crisis, decided to hand it over to others to solve. FACTS: While republican...
  • FACT CHECK: Yes, Obama was born in the United States (BS propaganda needs freeping)

    12/07/2009 10:47:09 PM PST · by Frantzie · 211 replies · 4,960+ views
    The Florida Times Union ^ | 11-29-2009 | Carole Fader
    More than a few Times-Union readers want to know: Is Barack Obama eligible to be president of the United States? All the independent fact-checking sources, some of which did extensive original research on the issue, conclude that Obama is a natural born citizen, having been born on American soil in Honolulu, and is thus eligible to be president.
  • The AP's Palin panic

    11/20/2009 2:06:53 AM PST · by Scanian · 53 replies · 2,788+ views
    NY Post ^ | November 20, 2009 | Editorial
    Sarah Palin -- the Associated Press wants folks to believe -- is so pat ently unqualified as a political leader that no one, absolutely no one, could possibly take her seriously. Except, it seems, the Associated Press. Indeed, the latest example -- in which the AP sent 11 (count 'em: 11) reporters to "fact-check" Palin's new book, "Going Rogue" -- suggests that the agency is pathologically obsessed with the former Alaska governor and '08 GOP veep candidate. Gee, what on earth are they afraid of? AP didn't send 11 reporters to fact-check President Obama's two books (it didn't bother to...
  • Fact-Check This, Associated Press! (media continues to ignore glaring contradictions in O's bio)

    11/18/2009 4:56:06 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 19 replies · 1,159+ views
    American Thinker ^ | 11/18/2009 | Jack Cashill
    "I think Obama's in a league with TR," observes historian and presidential biographer Douglas Brinkley. "He created his political reputation through the written word." To be sure, no one has ever accused Sarah Palin, a defeated vice presidential candidate, of creating her reputation thusly. One has to wonder, then, why her book, Going Rogue, would merit a fact-check by no fewer than eleven Associated Press reporters when neither the AP nor any other mainstream outlet has spent a moment vetting the books of the "author in chief," as President Barack Obama was anointed in a November GQ article, "Barack Obama's...
  • Fact-Checking the "Fact-Checkers" (AP lies on Palin debunked)

    11/15/2009 2:21:48 AM PST · by SolidWood · 18 replies · 1,442+ views
    C4P ^ | November 15, 2009 | The Editors
    [...] Hey, don't be too hard on the AP. CNN is also into fact-checking... SNL skit's that are "mean" to Obama. Here's some real fact-checking. Fasten your seat belts... On Governor Palin’s 2006 Campaign Financing AP “FACTS”: “Of the roughly $1.3 million she raised for her primary and general election campaigns for governor, more than half came from people and political action committees giving at least $500, according to an AP analysis of her campaign finance reports. The maximum that individual donors could give was $1,000; $2,000 for a PAC. Of the rest, about $76,000 came from Republican Party committees.”...
  • FACT CHECK: Health insurers' profits 35th of 53 ("obscene" profits? Lies Lies Lies... WH on a roll.)

    10/26/2009 9:23:52 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 9 replies · 734+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 10/26/09 | Calvin Woodward - ap
    WASHINGTON – In the health care debate, Democrats and their allies have gone after insurance companies as rapacious profiteers making "immoral" and "obscene" returns while "the bodies pile up." But in pillorying insurers over profits, the critics are on shaky ground. Ledgers tell a different reality. Health insurance profit margins typically run about 6 percent, give or take a point or two. That's anemic compared with other forms of insurance and a broad array of industries, even some beleaguered ones. Profits barely exceeded 2 percent of revenues in the latest annual measure. This partly explains why the credit ratings of...
  • CNN's SNL 'Fact Check' Generates Backlash

    10/07/2009 3:04:17 PM PDT · by rightwingintelligentsia · 53 replies · 3,154+ views
    TVNewser ^ | October 7, 2009 | Kevin Allocca
    CNN is receiving criticism, of many different kinds from many different places, for a segment Monday on "The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer." The segment "fact-checked" a Saturday Night Live sketch. The sketch, which has been deemed the show's first viral hit of the season, cataloged Pres. Obama's supposed lack of accomplishments. The Wall Street Journal's James Taranto called the idea "a bizarre exercise." The Baltimore Sun's David Zurawik wrote, "Fact checking a comedy sketch -- I will say no more." FNC's Greg Gutfeld showed the clip on Red Eye and joked, "Seriously, reviewing an 'SNL' skit for accuracy is...
  • FACT CHECK: In health debate, Obama's stories of hardship don't always hold up to scrutiny

    09/29/2009 4:04:36 PM PDT · by ButThreeLeftsDo · 18 replies · 757+ views
    StarTribune ^ | 9/29/09 | CALVIN WOODWARD , Associated Press
    One of President Barack Obama's health care "horror stories" is about a woman who, he says, lost her health insurance on the verge of breast cancer surgery because she didn't disclose a case of acne to the insurer. That's not what happened. Robin Lynn Beaton, 59, of Waxahachie, Texas, indeed had her insurance suspended and then terminated when she needed it the most. Hers is a cautionary tale about how an insurance company can act in a seemingly arbitrary manner to revoke coverage for lifesaving treatment. But not for the reasons Obama cites.
  • Fact Check

    09/12/2009 10:14:27 AM PDT · by FrdmLvr · 15 replies · 1,321+ views
    Please excuse the vanity. Could anyone verify if Fact Check is legitimate? It was recently discovered that some internet fact checking website was nothing but two liberally biased individuals putting their spin on the information they were checking on and posting it to their site. I thought it was Fact Check. If this is not correct, I apologize for giving the wrong impression, but it would also be an opportunity to set that straight in the responses. If anyone could help me out and provide a link I'd greatly appreciate it. Thanks.
  • AP fact-checks the speech: Obama was pretty much lying through his teeth

    09/10/2009 6:21:08 AM PDT · by Bill Dupray · 13 replies · 1,485+ views
    Patriot Room ^ | September 10, 2009 | Bill Dupray
    By my count, they fact-check 7 of his statements last night and find that he was lying or obfuscating on 5 of them, which means he was telling the truth 28% of the time.
  • FACTCHECK.ORG CAPITULATES – Admits Error In Obama Kenyan Citizenship Analysis. (Donofrio(

    09/04/2009 2:30:26 PM PDT · by STARWISE · 15 replies · 1,784+ views
    Natural Born Citizen ^ | 9-4-09 | Leo Donofrio
    ED - UPDATED 4:20 PM - endorsed analyst caught scrubbing false data after original publication of this report. See update below with screenshots and Google cache. We have retained a copy of the original cached web page. Screenshots are below.] Yesterday, admitted they reported a false fact concerning the alleged expiration of President Obama’s Kenyan citizenship. They gave credit to this blog for correcting them: Our Aug. 29, 2008, Ask FactCheck item asking whether Obama has Kenyan citizenship… stated that Obama did have dual citizenship as a child but that it expired as an adult. But Leo Donofrio,...
  • Obama and Kenya. Again. (FactCheck- sweet: Donofrio's info makes them admit their error)

    09/03/2009 9:58:18 PM PDT · by STARWISE · 52 replies · 2,674+ views
    FactCheck ^ | 9-3-09 | Joe Miller
    We’ve burned through rather a lot of pixels combating the claims of those who deny that Barack Obama is eligible to be president of the United States. He is, by virtue of having been born in Hawaii, as attested to repeatedly by state officials and even by the flagship of conservative publications, the National Review. And, for the 10 percent of you out there who aren’t entirely sure, yes, Hawaii is part of the United States. We’ve given the denialists a lot of grief for the times they’ve been wrong. But we’d be remiss not to note when they get...
  • Fact-checking TheBirthers and Donofrio on Kenyan Citizenship

    09/03/2009 7:58:18 PM PDT · by conservativegramma · 9 replies · 1,166+ views
    The Right Side of Life ^ | September 3, 2009 | Phil
    Back on November 20, 2008, I had reported on a posting from attorney Leo Donofrio in which he brought up the concept that an individuals’ at-birth citizenship is what counts when it comes to determining an ambitious individual’s eligibility regarding Article 2, Section 1, Clause 5. It has recently been shown — first via and then by Mr. Donofrio — and even reported in the Sonoran News that there appears to be a few problems in’s reporting over whether or not Mr. Obama did, in fact, lose his Kenyan and/or British citizenship. From TheBirthers’ main page: Something FactCheck...