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  • Did 3 million undocumented immigrants vote in presidential election?

    11/28/2016 11:28:37 AM PST · by EveningStar · 45 replies
    PolitiFact Florida via the Miami Herald ^ | November 23, 2016 | Allison Graves and Amy Sherman
    Were there 3 million illegal votes from undocumented immigrants in this yearís presidential election? Thatís what some websites are saying... The information comes from tweets made by [Gregg] Phillips on Nov. 11 and Nov. 13... But Phillips will not provide any evidence to support his claim, which is undermined by publicly available information...
  • Snopes, Politifact, & Other Fact Checkers are Liberal Mouthpieces

    11/06/2016 3:20:24 PM PST · by Sean_Anthony · 10 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 11/06/16 | Ron. A. Y. Rich
    Irony: Hillary Is too Dishonest; Trump is too Honest The ďfact checkersĒ claim that Trump lied and continues to lie significantly more than Hillary did and does. The flaws in their bogus ďstatisticsĒ are that more of Hillaryís lies are intentional and significant, whereas more of Trumpís ďliesĒ are actually exaggerations or witticisms taken out of context, and misrepresentations by the media and other Hillary supporters (not by Trump) when intentionally misquoting or distorting what Trump has actually said.
  • Who are the ten most honest and lying American politicians?

    07/30/2016 8:31:05 AM PDT · by gunsequalfreedom · 50 replies
    American News X ^ | July 24, 2016 | Charlie Barrel
    PolitiFact.com has been rating the truth of political statements since 2007. We grabbed the 2000 or so pages of people who had listed affiliations of Democrat, Independent, or Republican, kept only those who had at least 20 statements rated, ran a few python scripts, and produced this list of the ten most honest and most lying politicians. The ďHonesty IndexĒ is our invention (itís the weighted average of how many truths and lies each person told) where 1.0 means they always told the total truth, and 0.0 means they only told pants-on-fire lies. ďPercent LiesĒ is just that: what percentage...
  • The Liberal Tilt at PolitiFact

    06/29/2016 5:02:51 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 10 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | June 29, 2016 | Brent Bozell
    CNN's "Reliable Sources" offered a panel discussion on June 26 asking if Americans are so apathetic to the truth that our politics have entered a "post-fact check phase." This is a reference to Donald Trump, of course. The media believe he's a liar and gets away with it because of public apathy. What these journalists will never concede, however, is that Democrats get away with dishonesty because of their own apathy. Hillary Clinton's obscene lie about landing in sniper fire in Bosnia is a distant memory. Washington Post humorist/columnist Gene Weingarten was less than amused. Referencing the segment, he tweeted,...
  • Trump Spokeswoman: ĎWeíre Not Going to Base National Security Off PolitiFact, or Even the UNí

    06/28/2016 7:08:40 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 31 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | June 28, 2016 | 4:28 AM EDT | Patrick Goodenough
    A Donald Trump campaign spokeswoman sparred with a CNN anchor Monday over the process for vetting Syrian refugees, and when the journalist cited a fact-checking websiteís assessment of the process the spokeswoman retorted, ďWeíre not going to base national security off PolitiFact, or even the United Nations.Ē CNNís Brianna Keilar questioned Trump spokeswoman Katrina Pierson about how the presumptive Republican candidate would like to change the existing process used to vet refugees ahead of resettlement in the U.S. In doing so, Keilar paraphrased an excerpt from a recent PolitiFact article, which examined Trumpís claim that there was ďno system to...
  • Donald Trump wrong that 'there's no real assimilation' by U.S. Muslims

    06/18/2016 12:25:03 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 85 replies
    PolitiFact ^ | June 18, 2016 | Louis Jacobson
    After the mass shooting in Orlando by a man who pledged allegiance to the Islamic terrorist group ISIS, Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump reiterated his call for a temporary ban on Muslims coming to the United States ... Trump [to Sean Hannity], "Assimilation has been very hard. It's almost -- I won't say nonexistent, but it gets to be pretty close. And I'm talking about second and third generation. They come -- they don't -- for some reason, there's no real assimilation." ... We concluded that the implication of what Trump said -- that Muslims want to isolate themselves from...
  • Fact-checking Hillary Clinton's claim that her email practices were 'allowed' (Politifact)

    05/31/2016 7:30:39 PM PDT · by Faith Presses On · 31 replies
    Politifact ^ | 5/31/16 | Lauren Carroll
    Hillary Clinton is sticking to her defense that her use of a private email server while secretary of state was "allowed," despite a critical independent audit that found it really wasnít. (snip) But for anyone unaware of that nuance ó say, the average voter ó it sounds like Clinton is defending her email practices as a whole, as something that was fully permitted by the State Department, which is the argument she has been making all along. And thatís just not right. The gist of the problem is that Clinton never asked anyone if she could use her personal email...
  • Everyone lies, but politicians do it more often

    04/18/2016 8:20:03 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 6 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Apr 18, 2016 4:12 AM EDT | Seth Borenstein
    This is the season of lies. We watch with fascination as candidates for the worldís most powerful job trade falsehoods and allegations of dishonesty. [Ö] News organizations such as The Associated Press and PolitiFact dedicate enormous resources to separating candidatesí truthful wheat from their dishonest chaff. But if weíve come to expect and even joke about office-seekers who seem truth averse (ďHow do you know a politician is lying? His lips are movingĒ), many of us have given little thought to our own fibs and to how they compare with politiciansí deceits. What if PolitiFact looked at what we say...
  • The Clinton Shell Game

    04/05/2016 2:06:46 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 3 replies
    Judicial Watch ^ | April 5, 2016
    ďFor the duration of my appointment as Secretary if I am confirmed, I will not participate personally and substantially in any particular matter involving specific parties in which The William J. Clinton Foundation (or the Clinton Global Initiative) is a party or represents a partyÖ.Ē ó Secretary of State-designate Hillary Clinton in a letter to State Department Designated Agency Ethics Official James H. Thessin, January 5, 2009. Here at Judicial Watch, we were reminded of this pledge last week when Mrs. Clinton melted down in an exchange with a Sanders supporter who confronted her about Big Oil donations to...
  • Donald Trump's campaign contributions to Democrats and Republicans

    03/03/2016 4:27:23 PM PST · by true believer forever · 44 replies
    Politifact ^ | July 9, 2015 | Will Cabannis
    We went to two authoritative databases of campaign finance data to examine Fergusonís numbers: OpenSecrets.org, to find federal donations, and FollowtheMoney.org, for state-level donations. Trump has actually been relatively evenhanded in doling out cash to the two parties, but since 1989, heís contributed over $350,000 more to Republicans running for federal and state offices, campaign finance records show. Data from the Federal Election Commission and state elections offices provided by the two websites show that Trump has given $584,850 to Democrats and $961,140 to the GOP over the last 26 years. The difference in donations is almost entirely captured in...
  • Trump ad shows footage of migrants in Morocco, not at 'southern border'

    01/04/2016 12:39:39 PM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 202 replies
    The Hill ^ | January 4, 2015 | Caitlin Yilek
    Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump's new television ad shows footage of dozens of people crossing a fence as the narrator mentions the U.S.'s "southern border" with Mexico. The footage, however, is actually of Moroccans crossing the border into Melilla, one of two enclaves on the Moroccan coast held by Spain, according to Politifact The narrator says the billionaire will "stop illegal immigration by building a wall on our southern border that Mexico will pay for," as the footage plays. Politifact traced the images to an Italian television network, Repubblica TV, which posted the video on May 3, 2014. About 800...
  • Pot Meet Kettle: Fiorina Accuses Ted Cruz Of Saying 'Whatever' Just To Get Elected

    01/03/2016 11:35:44 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 25 replies
    Crooks and Liars ^ | January 3, 2016 | David
    Republican presidential candidate Carly Fiorina argued on Sunday that GOP voters should select her over Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) because he would say "whatever" to get elected. Speaking to CNN's Dana Bash, Fiorina defended her criticism of Cruz for shutting down the government in 2013 over President Barack Obama's health care reform law. "Ted Cruz is just like any other politician," Fiorina told Bash. "He says one thing in Manhattan, he says another thing in Iowa." "He says whatever he needs to say to get elected, and then he's going to do as he pleases," she insisted. "I think the...
  • Fact Checking for Partisan Fun and Profit

    12/27/2015 6:02:45 AM PST · by Kaslin · 13 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 27, 2015 | Paul Jacob
    Who will fact check the fact checkers?How about you and me?Take a PolitiFact story last week out of Iowa, where Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) is the current Republican front-runner as the state's Feb. 1 presidential caucus approaches. Earlier this month, Sen. Cruz told a Cedar Rapids crowd, "The Democrats in the Senate last year introduced a constitutional amendment to repeal the free speech protections of the First Amendment."Is this statement true or false?It's true.The constitutional amendment proposed by Sen. Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and voted for by every Democratic Party U. S. Senator states, "Congress and the States may regulate and...
  • Donald Trump unloads on PolitiFact after it awards him 'Lie of the Year'

    12/22/2015 7:39:54 AM PST · by detective · 58 replies
    Yahoo Finance ^ | December 22, 2015 | Pamela Engel
    Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump slammed the fact-checking organization PolitiFact on Tuesday, calling the site "bad news." PolitiFact, which has won a Pulitzer Prize for its 2008 election coverage, delved into Trump's various misstatements on Monday, when they awarded him "Lie of the Year." "It's the trope on Trump: He's authentic, a straight-talker, less scripted than traditional politicians," PolitiFact wrote. "That's because Donald Trump doesn't let facts slow him down. Bending the truth or being unhampered by accuracy is a strategy he has followed for years."
  • Trump Wins ‚ÄėLie of the Year‚Äô For Exposing DC Media‚Äôs Muslim, Immigrant Crime Cover-Up

    12/21/2015 2:10:55 PM PST · by Hojczyk · 28 replies
    Breitbart ^ | DECEMBER 21, 2015 | by JOHN NOLTE
    The DC Media is furious at Republican frontrunner Donald Trump for pushing two vitally important national issues that this very same media has been covering up for years ‚ÄĒ American Muslims celebrating 9/11 and the horrific crimes committed by illegal immigrants. In fact, although Trump has been vindicated on both accounts, the DC Media is so desperate to distract from this exposure, the serial-liars at PolitiFact have laughably awarded Trump ‚ÄúLie of the Year.‚ÄĚ To validate the ‚ÄúLie of the Year‚ÄĚ award, PolitiFact cites Trump‚Äôs claim that, ‚ÄúI watched in Jersey City, N.J., where thousands and thousands of people were...
  • Who Is the Biggest Liar in the 2016 Election?

    12/16/2015 7:09:07 PM PST · by smokingfrog · 45 replies
    Rolling Stoned | 12-15-15 | Tessa Stewart
    Carson and Trump are the least truthful, and Clinton and Sanders the most truthful, according to PolitiFact's analysis The website doesn't check every politician's or candidate's statements, just the ones likely to provoke the most debate. But even by that scattershot standard, the website has had its work cut out for it this election cycle, as PolitiFact editor Angie Drobnic Holan discussed in a recent piece for the New York Times. PolitiFact has found that the biggest liar of this election cycle so far is Ben Carson. Not a single one of Carson's 25 statements fact-checked by the site was...
  • Sen. Ted Cruz says the Democratic Party is shrinking

    11/15/2015 9:40:43 AM PST · by Isara · 33 replies
    Politifact ^ | Sunday, November 15th, 2015 | Emma Hinchliffe
    After the first Democratic presidential debate Oct. 13, 2015, Texas Republican Ted Cruz interpreted the crowd’s cheers for proposals to raise taxes as a reason for the decline of the Democratic Party. The day after the debate, Fox News’ Megyn Kelly asked Cruz how he could appeal for votes from Americans cheering on Bernie Sanders, the Vermont senator seeking the Democratic nomination, who has stressed how much more the very wealthiest Americans have than the rest of us. "Well," Cruz replied, "it's why the modern Democratic Party is getting smaller and smaller and smaller. What does it say that they're...
  • Sean Hannity Blasts Politifactís ĎStupidityí After Fact-Checking Site Says He Fell for Hoax

    10/28/2015 8:55:58 AM PDT · by EveningStar · 16 replies
    The Wrap ^ | October 28, 2015 | Jordan Chariton
    ... Sean Hannity thinks he can add and subtract better than Politifact, so he blasted the fact-checking website on Tuesday for giving him a ďPants on FireĒ rating for his claim that the U.S. was accepting 250,000 Syrian refugees ...
  • All statements involving Occupy Democrats (Politifact Truth-O-Meter, some surprises)

    10/23/2015 8:31:55 PM PDT · by Impala64ssa · 2 replies
    Politifact.com ^ | 10/20/15
    OCCUPY DEMOCRATS Says "Bush Jr. handed Obama a $1.4 trillion deficit" and Obama "reduced Bush Jr.ís deficit to just $492 billion." ó PunditFact Budget snapshots miss a lot of the picture OCCUPY DEMOCRATS Says Bobby Jindalís parents "used his birthright citizenship to become Americans, making him an anchor baby." ó PunditFact Dates show Jindal didn't matter OCCUPY DEMOCRATS "House Republicans just passed a bill that makes it legal for single mothers to be fired by their employers." ó PunditFact Meme has outrageous grip on facts
  • Politifact just broke logic with its latest Ďfact checkí on Planned Parenthood and mammograms

    10/05/2015 11:53:29 AM PDT · by wagglebee · 15 replies
    LifeSiteNews ^ | 10/5/15 | Ben Johnson
    Trigger warning: People upset by accounts of extreme stupidity and politically craven spin may want to skip this column. Even people with a really even temperament may want to apply a layer of duct tape to their foreheads at once. That Planned Parenthood does not perform mammograms is indisputable. Its officials admit it; its president has even confessed as much before Congress under oath. But when a pro-life advocate says the same thing, PolitiFact, the self-appointed arbiter of truth and falsehood on the political scene, officially rated his comments "half-true." The controversy began when Casey Mattox, senior counsel with the...
  • Walker rejected bill to make student loan payments tax deductible, Hillary says [rated:FALSE]

    09/09/2015 11:03:14 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 8 replies
    Politifact ^ | September 9, 2015 | Tom Kertscher
    Hillary Clintonís 2016 presidential campaign will make its first stop in the Badger State on Sept. 10, 2015. The visit, with a private fundraiser and a public event at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, comes one month to the day after Clinton proposed a 10-year, $350 billion college affordability plan. That plan aims to reduce the cost of four-year public schools, make two-year community colleges tuition-free and cut student loan interest rates. Speaking about the plan the next day, Aug. 11, 2015, the Democratic frontrunner took a swipe at the Republican White House contenders and singled out Gov. Scott Walker. "I...
  • Fox News defends Donald Trump's 'war hero' comments, turns on Sen. John McCain

    07/20/2015 9:42:28 AM PDT · by RoosterRedux · 76 replies
    "If you listen the comments in total, he's not critical of John McCain the war hero, he's critical of his Senate record," co-host Steve Doocy said. Responding and agreeing was co-host Geraldo Rivera, who was not as enthusiastic as Doocy, but did say that Trump would need to at least clarify his remarks. Later in the show, co-host Brian Kilmeade interviewed former Ronald Reagan advisor, agreeing that the situation was "blown out of proportion." Kilmeade continued to defend Trump, saying that "he went on to say 4 more times that he was a war hero." This statement was looked into...
  • Donald Trump's campaign contributions to Democrats and Republicans

    07/16/2015 3:38:22 AM PDT · by RC one · 68 replies
    Politifact ^ | July 9th, 2015 at 6:29 p.m | Will Cabaniss
    The eccentricities and controversies of Donald Trumpís presidential campaign have polarized the Republican Party faithful, just a few weeks after Trump announced his bid. In a July 2, 2015, appearance on CNN, radio host and author Ben Ferguson joined conservatives critical of Trump, alleging a lack of seriousness and loyalty to the GOP. "Donald Trump is not some big GOP Republican," he said, "and some people are trying to act like he is." But Ferguson took his admonishment a step further, questioning Trumpís financial commitment to the party and claiming that Trump has "given more money to Democratic candidates than...
  • Moron so-called Ďfact checkersí at Politifact humiliate themselves with Fiorina item

    05/12/2015 2:53:50 PM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 9 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | Dan Calabrese
    This entire phony genre of journalism is now well beyond embarrassing. Do you know what a fact is? Thatís easy. Of course you do. Fact is an objective truth not subject to interpretation or dispute. Water is liquid if itís above 32 degrees Fahrenheit. Thatís a fact. Thursday comes after Wednesday. Thatís a fact. The address of the White House is 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. People who deal in actual facts can recognize that an assertion is either fact-based or its not. Itís really not that complicated. Thatís for normal people who understand what a fact is. But there are other...
  • A Review of PolitiFactís ďObameter:Ē Outdated Garbage that ďConfirmsĒ Patently False Lies

    03/30/2015 9:56:57 AM PDT · by rightistight · 5 replies
    Pundit Press ^ | 3/30/15 | Aurelius
    ...Today, looking at the chart, there are many more ďpromises keptĒ than there are ďpromises broken.Ē Yet anyone who has been paying attention over the last few years would surely see that Mr. Obama had broken a tremendous amount of promises. So why does PolitiFact still have Mr. Obamaís promises kept at nearly twice those broken? I decided to take a look. The first thing I did was see what promises were considered broken. Itís a fairly hefty list, but some of the very largest are completely missing. The biggest, and most famous, broken promise is that ďif you like...
  • Fact Check: Ted Cruz Attack Proves PolitiFact Is Run By Gigantic A**holes

    03/14/2015 6:57:36 PM PDT · by Impala64ssa · 1 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 3/14/15 | John Nolte
    After PolitiFact rated as ďmostly falseĒ a joke made by Republican Senator Ted Cruz, using all the known and provable qualities associated with PolitiFact, Breitbart News engaged in an exhaustive, science and fact-based investigation in order to find a way to perfectly describe the people who run the fact-checking site. We went where the facts led us, and the facts led us to the objective conclusion that PolitiFact is run by gigantic assholes. Hereís how the final ďGigantic AssholesĒ conclusion was made. Fact-Checking Republican Humor PolitiFactís fact check against Senator Cruz was the first piece of data used in our...
  • FACT CHECK: TED CRUZ ATTACK PROVES POLITIFACT IS RUN BY GIGANTIC [redacted]

    03/14/2015 1:34:46 PM PDT · by SoConPubbie · 14 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 14 Mar 2015 | JOHN NOLTE
    <p>After PolitiFact rated as ‚Äúmostly false‚ÄĚ a joke made by Republican Senator Ted Cruz, using all the known and provable qualities associated with PolitiFact, Breitbart News engaged in an exhaustive, science and fact-based investigation in order to find a way to perfectly describe the people who run the fact-checking site. We went where the facts led us, and the facts led us to the objective conclusion that PolitiFact is run by gigantic assholes.</p>
  • Astonishment: Politifactís Lie of the Year is an embarrassing liberal copout

    12/16/2014 10:18:38 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 9 replies
    Hotair ^ | 12/16/2014 | NOAH ROTHMAN
    Earlier this month, the self-described fact-checking outfit Politifact submitted a series of candidates for their Lie of the Year to readers for their perusal. They came up with a variety of great candidates; Barack Obama¬ís claim that his ¬ďposition hasn¬ít changed¬Ē with regards to the illegality of the president implementing immigration reform via executive order, and Rep. Duncan Hunter (R-CA) insisting that 10 ISIS fighters had been apprehended attempting to cross the Mexican border were among them. The most compelling and obvious candidate for Lie of the Year had to be Obama¬ís insistence that the Islamic State is merely...
  • McCumber column: Walker delivers on campaign promises.

    07/19/2014 11:46:30 AM PDT · by gorush · 8 replies
    2014 Wiscnews.com ^ | July 19, 2014 | Tim McCumber
    The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel and Politifact.com have been tracking Gov. Scott Walkerís election campaign promises through an online feature they call the ďWalk-O-MeterĒ and can be found online at PolitifactWisconsin.com. There you will find that Walker has kept an overwhelming amount of his campaign promises out of the 65 they are tracking.
  • Hey PolitiFact, hereís your death panel

    02/17/2012 11:15:33 AM PST · by Mustang Driver · 13 replies
    Charleston (WV) Daily Mail ^ | February 17, 2012 | Don Surber
    The liberal apologists at the Tampa Bay Timesí PolitiFact have denied for more than 2 years that Obamacare has death panels. How it could assure us in 2009 of just what was in a law that was not finalized until 2010 is a mystery that defies the laws of chronology; maybe in addition to having the power to divine the truth in politics, the personnel of PolitiFact have the power of prophecy. If so, they should know what is next: A repudiation of the groupís labeling as Lie Of The Year the death panels. They do exist. the government will...
  • Facebook meme claims Rand Paul and Marco Rubio have anti-science views on dinosaurs, earth's age

    03/26/2014 12:22:41 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 86 replies
    PolitiFact.com ^ | March 25, 2014
    A new Facebook meme paints two leading Republicans as anti-science because of their alleged views of the age of the Earth. The Facebook group Being Liberal posted a picture March 10, 2014, featuring side-by-side images of Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., and Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., looking somewhat sheepish. Bolded text under the images describes the senatorsí views on the age of the Earth and the extinction of the dinosaurs. According to the meme, Rubio "believes Earth (is) 9,000 years old," and "humans hunted dinosaurs to extinction." Paul, the image proclaims, says the Earth is 10,000 years old and believes "God...
  • 'Lie of the Year' -- Aided

    12/19/2013 9:58:58 AM PST · by Kaslin · 5 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 19, 2013 | Larry Elder
    PolitiFact has awarded their "Lie of the Year" to President Barack Obama for his promise that "if you like your health care plan, you can keep it." PolitiFact, a feature of the Tampa Bay Times, purports to rate the truthfulness of statements/assertions made by politicians. The accurate are rated "true," then slide down the scale to "mostly true," 'half true," "mostly false" and "false." The biggest "lies" -- the most egregious -- are awarded, as PolitiFact puts it, a "Pants on Fire!" rating. (Full disclosure: As I recently wrote, PunditFact, its sister feature, recently gave me an undeserved "mostly false.")...
  • The amazing evolution of Politifactís Ďif you like your plan you can keep ití rating

    12/16/2013 5:09:11 AM PST · by grundle · 7 replies
    michellemalkin.com ^ | December 14, 2013 | Doug Powers
    Politifact¬ís rating of the famous Obama promise ¬ďif you like your plan you can keep it¬Ē has gone through a heck of an evolution in the past five years. In October of 2008 ¬ďif you like your plan you can keep it¬Ē was totally true: Less than four years later, in June of 2012 it was downgraded to ¬ďhalf true¬Ē (¬ďtrue,¬Ē but only for the people who could manage to keep their plans): Now, ¬ďIf you like your plan you can keep it¬Ē has been deemed 2013‚Ä≤s ¬ďLie of the Year¬Ē:
  • PolitiFact's Forked Tongue

    12/15/2013 5:01:46 AM PST · by lowbridge · 7 replies
    wsj.com ^ | december 13, 2013 | james taranto
    Which isn't to say PolitiFact doesn't function as a state propaganda agency. For in the past--when it actually mattered, which is to say before†ObamaCare†became first a law and then a practical reality--PolitiFact vouched for Barack Obama's Big Lie. In her lie-of-the-year write-up, PolitiFact's Angie Holan includes the following acknowledgment: In†2009†and again in†2012, PolitiFact rated Obama's statement Half True, which means the statement is partially correct and partially wrong. We noted that while the law took pains to leave some parts of the insurance market alone, people were not guaranteed to keep insurance through thick and thin. It was likely that...
  • PolitiFact Commits Flip-Flop of the Year [Lie of the Year: If you like your...]

    12/13/2013 11:44:53 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 4 replies
    RedState ^ | December 13, 2013 | briansikma (
    The mainstream media fact-checking outfit PolitiFact may have just performed the ďflip-flopĒ of the year. The group, which has outlets in several states, named as ďLie of the YearĒ President Barack Obamaís now infamous claim that under ObamaCare if you like your current health insurance, you can keep it. The presidential claim has been made a lie by the reality of thousands of Americans receiving health insurance cancellations due to new ObamaCare regulations. What makes PolitiFactís rating astonishing is that in October of 2008 the group rated the exact same statement by then-candidate Barack Obama as ďTrue.Ē Obama made the...
  • Obama health care promise named 'Lie of the Year'

    12/12/2013 9:36:47 PM PST · by South40 · 17 replies
    NBC ^ | 12/12/2013
    Fact-checking organization Politifact has named their ďLie of the Year,Ē and itís bad news for the White House and the Affordable Care Act. President Barack Obamaís often-repeated assertion that ďIf you like your health care plan, you can keep it,Ē won the ignominious honor for 2013, the group announced.
  • Lie of the Year: 'If you like your health care plan, you can keep it' (Politifact)

    12/12/2013 2:05:14 PM PST · by Colonel_Flagg · 31 replies
    Politifact ^ | December 12, 2013 | Angie Drobnic Holan
    It was a catchy political pitch and a chance to calm nerves about his dramatic and complicated plan to bring historic change to Americaís health insurance system. "If you like your health care plan, you can keep it," President Barack Obama said -- many times -- of his landmark new law. But the promise was impossible to keep. So this fall, as cancellation letters were going out to approximately 4 million Americans, the public realized Obamaís breezy assurances were wrong.
  • Hereís Your Chance to Vote Obama the ĎLiar of the Yearí (FReep)

    12/02/2013 2:10:40 PM PST · by montag813 · 6 replies
    Top Right News ^ | 12-02-2013 | John Urban
    Politifact is about to release its "Lie of the Year", as selected by its "editors and reporters". They also are conducting their annual 'Lie of the Year' Reader's Choice poll. Is there really any doubt about what that choice should be?Here's a hint...It's worth keeping in mind that when Obama first uttered this blatant lie, PolitiFact actually rated it HALF TRUE, despite dozens of healthcare exports insisting the bill -- which Nancy Pelosi herself admitted she hadn't read -- would do exactly the opposite. Now, belatedly, PolitiFact rates Obama's lie "Pants on Fire". I would give them kudos, but it...
  • PunditFact/PolitiFact: Media Bias Strikes Again -- At Me

    11/14/2013 4:22:07 AM PST · by Kaslin
    Townhall.com ^ | November 14, 2013 | Larry Elder
    When PunditFact -- the new offspring from the folks at PolitiFact -- contacted me, they wanted sources for "all of the claims" in the following statement I made Nov. 4 on CNN's "Crossfire": "In 1900, at all three levels of government -- federal, state and local -- government took less than 10 percent of the American people's money. Now, we're talking about 35 percent, and when you add a dollar value to mandates, we're talking almost 50 percent." What's the problem? PunditFact rated the statement as "mostly false." For added measure, PunditFact called the assertions "eye-popping." No, I was not...
  • PolitiFact Once Again Shows It Judges Conservatives Far More Harshly Than Liberals

    11/10/2013 6:08:42 PM PST · by Kaslin · 6 replies
    NewsBusters.com ^ | November 10, 2013 | Noel Sheppard
    For years NewsBusters has reported on how the so-called "fact-checking" website PolitiFact is far harsher with its analysis of conservatives than it is with liberals. Back to back postings this week at the organization's new PunditFact once again boldly demonstrate this. On Thursday, PF analyzed a comment by MSNBC's Ed Schultz:  On his election day show, Schultz said Christie is far more conservative than the moderate image that swirls around him. Case in point? The governor’s education policy. "All of a sudden, he is the self-anointed expert on education in America, and he has all the answers," Schultz said. "Cut...
  • Two Major Fact Checkers Are Saying President Obama Isnít Telling You the Full Truth

    11/07/2013 9:19:37 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 30 replies
    The Blaze ^ | November 7, 2013 | Fred Lucas
    As the White House flails to defend President Barack Obamaís discredited pledge about keeping your old insurance even under Obamacare, itís not just Republicans pointing out that the administration has being less than honest when explaining what it really meant. On Thursday, The Washington Postís Fact Checker gave Obama and White House press secretary Jay Carney three out of four ďPinocchiosĒ for blaming the insurance companies, rather than the new health care law, for the growing number of cancellation letters. On Wednesday, the Pulitzer-winning PolitiFact website gave Obama its highest ranking for dishonesty, ďPants on Fire,Ē for his tortured defense...
  • PolitiFact Lights Its Own Pants on Fire to Spin ObamaCare Premium Increases

    10/26/2013 10:13:16 AM PDT · by lowbridge · 3 replies
    http://www.breitbart.com ^ | october 25, 2013 | john nolte
    The left-wing PolitiFact said they were going to start attacking pundits, and that attack has begun, mainly to protect ObamaCare. Sean Hannity has been handed a "mostly false" for citing a Manhattan Institute study PolitiFact didnít like, and financial reporter Maria Bartiromo earned a "false" for relying on news reports and her own reporting to claim that under ObamaCare "we are becoming something of a part-time country." Ahem. But in its zeal to spin this job-killing, middle-class socking, deficit-increasing boondoggle as a good thing, PolitiFact chose to downright lie about why health insurance premiums are increasing. "[N]ew rules for insurance...
  • Whoops: PolitiFact's 'Lie of the Year' Turns Out to Be True

    01/18/2013 5:03:13 PM PST · by Texas Fossil · 17 replies
    The Weekly Standard ^ | Jan 18, 2013 | MARK HEMINGWAY
    here's PolitiFact's original "fact check" on the matter: [Mitt Romney] Says Barack Obama "sold Chrysler to Italians who are going to build Jeeps in China" at the cost of American jobs. (link at article) Ok. Now here's what the Reuters reported earlier this week: Fiat (FIA.MI) and its U.S. unit Chrysler expect to roll out at least 100,000 Jeeps in China when production starts in 2014 as they seek to catch up with rivals in the world's biggest car market. ... "We expect production of around 100,000 Jeeps per year which is expandable to 200,000," [Chrysler CEO Sergio] Marchionne, who...
  • Politifact's "Lie" Of The Year Reveals Once Again The Pettiness And Bias Of The Media

    12/12/2012 4:27:37 PM PST · by The Looking Spoon · 9 replies
    The Looking Spoon ^ | 12-12-12 | The Looking Spoon
    It's not a lie, Twitchy has the detais here.
  • PolitiFact's bias, by the numbers

    11/23/2012 2:20:46 PM PST · by ChuckRogers · 4 replies
    Conservative Fact Check ^ | 11/23/2012 | Chuck Rogers
    I've always known that PolitiFact and its ilk are biased against conservative viewpoints -- in fact, that's why I started CFC. I had some downtime over this long weekend, so I tabulated their "pants on fire" rulings, and the result surprised even me. A chart is in the linked article, and here: http://conservativefactcheck.com/content/articles/50
  • WHEN NOT OUTRIGHT LYING, FACT-CHECKERS MAKE FOOLS OF THEMSELVES

    09/04/2012 10:18:12 AM PDT · by KansasGirl · 11 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 9/4/2012 | John Nolte
    The era of fact-checkers being trusted as honest brokers might be over, but that doesn't mean they won't do what the equally irrelevant mainstream media does: double down in their spewing†of narrative-lies and propaganda to aid and abet the left. Case in point, Politifact. Politiact is the worst of the mainstream media's dishonest fact-checkers (no small feat). They're the ones who ruled as true the absolute lie that Obama increased federal spending at a lower rate than any other modern president. Because there is no bottom to how low Politifact will go, Politifact is now brazenly lying by awarding a...
  • Why Ron Fournier Proves Mitt Romney Must Beat The Liberal Media, Not Woo Them

    08/30/2012 3:20:26 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 12 replies
    RedState ^ | August 30, 2012 | Erick Erickson
    When Republicans talk about the liberal press, they should not just remember John Harris at the Politico, but also Ron Fournier of National Journal. If you want to know what the subtle racism of the liberal media looks like, consider Ron Fournierís latest epiphany on how Mitt Romneyís welfare attacks on Obama are racist. It takes one to know one I guess. On the day the well respected by the press Yahoo! News Washington Bureau Chief David Chalain revealed his true colors only to see his media brethren rush to defend him after his firing (he lamented on a live...
  • PolitiFiction - PolitiFact canít be trusted to get the story right

    08/28/2012 2:38:52 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 11 replies
    National Review Online ^ | August 28, 2012 | Editors
    The website PolitiFact is going to be truth-squadding the Republican convention speakers this week, delivering verdicts on which claims are ďmostly trueĒ and which deserve a ďpants on fireĒ rating. Our advice: Pay no attention to those ratings. PolitiFact canít be trusted to get the story right. Its recent rulings on Medicare have demonstrated the point thrice over. PolitiFact said that Romneyís comment that Obama had ďrobbedĒ Medicare of $716 billion to pay for Obamacare was ďmostly false.Ē Among its reasons: ďThe money was not robbed in any literal sense of the word.Ē So if Romney led anyone to believe...
  • Is PolitiFact campaigning for Obama?

    08/19/2012 7:53:03 PM PDT · by middlegeorgian · 6 replies
    Hot Air ^ | 8/19/2012 | Dustin Siggins
    Recently, the fact-checking organizations PolitiFact.com and FactCheck.org failed to properly analyze an ad by President Obama claiming that Mitt Romney pays a lower tax rate than the average American. Just Facts President Jim Agresti and I subsequently hammered both organizations for what appears to be a severe case of intellectual dishonesty. Unfortunately, this is an increasingly common problem at PolitiFact. Conservatives rightly point to a liberal bent at Fact Check, but the organization is pretty solid at analyzing whatís going on with claims by members of both major political parties. On the other hand, with the arrival of the general...
  • PolitiSpin: "Fact-checkers" mislead on GOP leaders' favorable unemployment numbers

    07/12/2012 12:53:05 PM PDT · by FL2012 · 1 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | July 12, 2012 | Tony Lee
    The purportedly unbiased Politifact will go to great lengths to help Democrats. The latest example of which is an attempt at trying to claim that raw data that showed the unemployment rate dropped in every state that elected a Republican governor in 2010 is somehow only "Half True."