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  • 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 ^ | 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 ‘Lie of the Year’ For Exposing DC Media’s 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 — 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 “Lie of the Year.” To validate the “Lie of the Year” award, PolitiFact cites Trump’s claim that, “I 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 Politifacts Stupidity 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 Pants on Fire 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 ^ | 10/20/15
    OCCUPY DEMOCRATS Says "Bush Jr. handed Obama a $1.4 trillion deficit" and Obama "reduced Bush Jr.s deficit to just $492 billion." PunditFact Budget snapshots miss a lot of the picture OCCUPY DEMOCRATS Says Bobby Jindals parents "used his birthright citizenship to become Americans, making him an anchor baby." 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." PunditFact Meme has outrageous grip on facts
  • Politifact just broke logic with its latest fact check 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 Clintons 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 Trumps 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 Trumps financial commitment to the party and claiming that Trump has "given more money to Democratic candidates than...
  • Moron so-called fact checkers 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? Thats easy. Of course you do. Fact is an objective truth not subject to interpretation or dispute. Water is liquid if its above 32 degrees Fahrenheit. Thats a fact. Thursday comes after Wednesday. Thats 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. Its really not that complicated. Thats for normal people who understand what a fact is. But there are other...
  • A Review of PolitiFacts Obameter: Outdated Garbage that Confirms 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 promises kept than there are promises broken. 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. Obamas 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. Its a fairly hefty list, but some of the very largest are completely missing. The biggest, and most famous, broken promise is that if 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 mostly false 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. Heres how the final Gigantic Assholes conclusion was made. Fact-Checking Republican Humor PolitiFacts fact check against Senator Cruz was the first piece of data used in our...

    03/14/2015 1:34:46 PM PDT · by SoConPubbie · 14 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 14 Mar 2015 | JOHN NOLTE
    <p>After PolitiFact rated as “mostly false” 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: Politifacts 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’s claim that his “position hasn’t changed” 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’s 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 ^ | July 19, 2014 | Tim McCumber
    The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel and have been tracking Gov. Scott Walkers election campaign promises through an online feature they call the Walk-O-Meter and can be found online at There you will find that Walker has kept an overwhelming amount of his campaign promises out of the 65 they are tracking.
  • Hey PolitiFact, heres 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 Times 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 groups 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 ^ | 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 senators 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 ^ | 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 Politifacts if you like your plan you can keep it rating

    12/16/2013 5:09:11 AM PST · by grundle · 7 replies ^ | December 14, 2013 | Doug Powers
    Politifact’s rating of the famous Obama promise “if you like your plan you can keep it” has gone through a heck of an evolution in the past five years. In October of 2008 “if you like your plan you can keep it” was totally true: Less than four years later, in June of 2012 it was downgraded to “half true” (“true,” but only for the people who could manage to keep their plans): Now, “If you like your plan you can keep it” has been deemed 2013′s “Lie of the Year”:
  • PolitiFact's Forked Tongue

    12/15/2013 5:01:46 AM PST · by lowbridge · 7 replies ^ | 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 beforeObamaCarebecame 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: In2009and again in2012, 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 flip-flop of the year. The group, which has outlets in several states, named as Lie of the Year President Barack Obamas 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 PolitiFacts rating astonishing is that in October of 2008 the group rated the exact same statement by then-candidate Barack Obama as True. 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 Lie of the Year, and its bad news for the White House and the Affordable Care Act. President Barack Obamas often-repeated assertion that If you like your health care plan, you can keep it, 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 Americas 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 Obamas breezy assurances were wrong.
  • Heres Your Chance to Vote Obama the Liar of the Year (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 ^ | 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 ^ | 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 Isnt 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 Obamas discredited pledge about keeping your old insurance even under Obamacare, its not just Republicans pointing out that the administration has being less than honest when explaining what it really meant. On Thursday, The Washington Posts Fact Checker gave Obama and White House press secretary Jay Carney three out of four Pinocchios 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, Pants on Fire, 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 ^ | 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 didnt 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:

    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 spewingof 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 Fourniers latest epiphany on how Mitt Romneys 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 cant 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 mostly true and which deserve a pants on fire rating. Our advice: Pay no attention to those ratings. PolitiFact cant be trusted to get the story right. Its recent rulings on Medicare have demonstrated the point thrice over. PolitiFact said that Romneys comment that Obama had robbed Medicare of $716 billion to pay for Obamacare was mostly false. Among its reasons: The money was not robbed in any literal sense of the word. 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 and 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 whats 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 ^ | 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."
  • Shamed, Civil Beat Revises 'Fact' Check Questioning Djou's Afghanistan Combat Record

    05/27/2012 10:49:33 AM PDT · by Lornik · 6 replies
    Hawaii Free Press ^ | 05/26/2012 | Andrew Walden
    Even after updating a May 17 Fact Check which this writer characterized as "taking three sentences from an hour-long May 1 Rick Hamada interview with Afghanistan combat veteran Rep. Charles Djou, twisting Djou's words into a pretzel and fact-checking statements Djou did not make", Civil Beat is still lying about Charles Djous Afghanistan combat record and his votes in Congress relating to that war. (See article below.) Shamed into retracting their false rating, Civil Beat on Friday shifted to a half-true. In spite of the shift, the half-true rating remains a lie which hangs on a single sentence of willful...
  • Gingrich's gun rack quip about Volt shot full of holes (projectile vomit alert)

    02/25/2012 4:12:30 PM PST · by OneLoyalAmerican · 60 replies
    Politifact ^ | February 24, 2012 | Willoughby Mariano
    The Truth-O-Meter Says: Gingrich "You cant put a gun rack in a [Chevrolet] Volt." Newt Gingrich on Saturday, February 18th, 2012 in a campaign speech in Cobb County Republican presidential hopeful Newt Gingrich recently went gunnin for greenies. Gingrichs target is the Chevy Volt, an electric car that also can run on gas. During a recent Republican presidential campaign swing through Georgia, he revved up crowds by calling it the car that rich, liberal environmentalists think you ought to drive. President Barack Obama would make you ditch your gas guzzler at the side of the road for the Volt, if...
  • Rep. Gwen Moore: Walker ended contract for poor women's cancer screenings

    01/06/2012 5:01:12 PM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 7 replies
    JS Online ^ | 1-6-12
    Twice on Dec. 27, 2011, U.S. Rep. Gwen Moore, D-Wis., accused Republican Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker of eliminating a cancer-screening program for low-income women. "Scott Walker cuts cancer screenings for uninsured women, offers no alternatives," read Moores first statement on Twitter, the online messaging site that has some 200 million account holders. "Walker kills womens cancer screening program for political gain," her second tweet claimed. In the messages, Moore cited two website articles about the state Well Woman program. Among other things, it provides tests for cancer for low-income women who dont have insurance that covers such screenings. The articles...
  • GOP hits Dems over Medicare 'Lie of the Year'

    12/20/2011 4:36:00 PM PST · by smokingfrog · 4 replies ^ | 20 Dec 2011 | Julian Pecquet
    Republican lawmakers rejoiced Tuesday after Democrats' line of attack against their Medicare overhaul was named the 2011 "Lie of the Year" by the fact-checking website PolitiFact. Democrats hope that accusing Republicans of voting to "end Medicare" will rile up seniors and help them in the 2012 elections. PolitiFact's decision further weakens that argument just days after Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) broke ranks and partnered with the author of the Republican overhaul, Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.). "That's a great talking point. I'm glad to hear that," said Rep. Michael Burgess (R-Texas). "We'll take a victory when we can get one." Rep....
  • Michele Bachmann says "PolitiFact came out and said that everything I said was true" in last debate

    12/15/2011 8:58:08 PM PST · by TBBT · 47 replies ^ | 12/15/2011 | politifact
    During the Dec. 15, 2011, Republican presidential debate in Sioux City, Iowa, Rep. Michele Bachmann made a claim that jolted us out of our seats. "After the debates that we had last week, PolitiFact came out and said that everything that I said was true," she said. It came during an exchange between Bachmann, a Minnesota Republican, and former House Speaker Newt Gingrich. Bachmann was attacking Gingrichs work after he left Congress. He has said he was a paid consultant, but critics such as Bachmann contend he was really a lobbyist. Gingrich defended his work on behalf of the government-sponsored...
  • Did PolitiFact lie?

    08/14/2011 9:20:59 AM PDT · by Nachum · 6 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 8/12/11 | Don Surber
    Republican Congressman Joe Wilson of South Carolina received a ton of flak for shouting you lie in the middle of President Obamas rally-for-Obamacare in a joint session of Congress. The issue was whether Obamacare would cover illegal aliens. PolitiFact called it one of the greatest distortions in that debate and bragged about calling it a half truth in a post on January 20, 2011: No new benefits for illegal immigrants. If they make a highlight reel of the health debate, they will surely include the moment when Republican Rep. Joe Wilson of South Carolina shouted You lie! at President...
  • St. Petersburg Times' PolitiFact...Pulitzer Prizes

    04/06/2011 6:34:24 PM PDT · by bronxville · 17 replies
    St. Petersberg Times ^ | April 21, 2009 | Stephen Nohlgren
    FULL TITLE - St. Petersburg Times' PolitiFact, Lane DeGregory win 2009 Pulitzer Prizes For the first time in its 125-year history, the St. Petersburg Times has won two Pulitzer Prizes in a single year. Staff writer Lane DeGregory, 42, captured the feature writing category for "The Girl in the Window," a moving account of a Plant City child whose mother kept her locked in a filthy room, and the adoptive family who worked to overcome her feral beginnings. The Times staff won the national reporting prize for PolitiFact, a Web site, database and "Truth-O-Meter'' that tests the validity of political...
  • Union supporters say Wisconsin test scores vastly outpace those states without collective bargaining

    02/23/2011 8:03:27 PM PST · by speciallybland · 35 replies
    PolitiFact ^ | 02/23/2011
    In tweets and Facebook postings, supporters of labor unions in Wisconsin have promoted statistics that would suggest that collective bargaining for teachers -- which would be severely restricted under a proposal by Gov. Scott Walker -- is correlated with higher scores on standardized academic tests. On Feb. 23, we found the following version on Facebook by the Democratic Party of Wisconsin: "Only 5 states do not have collective bargaining for educators and have deemed it illegal. Those states and their ranking on ACT/SAT scores are as follows: South Carolina -50th/ North Carolina -49th/ Georgia -48th/ Texas -47th/ Virginia -44th. If...
  • PolitiFact's Lie of the Year: No topping 'government takeover' (St. Pete Times)

    12/17/2010 7:28:23 AM PST · by shortstop · 10 replies
    St. Petersburg Times-Pravda ^ | 12/17/10 | Bill Adair
    In the spring of 2009, a Republican strategist settled on a brilliant and powerful attack line for President Barack Obama's ambitious plan to overhaul America's health insurance system. Frank Luntz, a consultant famous for his phraseology, urged GOP leaders to call it a "government takeover." "Takeovers are like coups," Luntz wrote in a 28-page memo. "They both lead to dictators and a loss of freedom." The line stuck. By the time the health care bill was headed toward passage in early 2010, Obama and congressional Democrats had sanded down their program, dropping the "public option" concept that was derided as...
  • Take that, PolitiFact: Sarah Palins relentless assault on media disinformation

    08/08/2010 7:56:17 AM PDT · by Bigtigermike · 111 replies · 1+ views
    North Star National ^ | Sunday August 8th, 2010 | Dan Calabrese
    One of things for which Sarah Palin gets criticized, in this case often by Republicans, is her willingness to get into pissing matches with members of the media. This is described as either un-presidential by those who think nothing in life matters but presidential politics, or otherwise just bad form because of the cliche that says you cant win an argument with people who buy ink by the barrel. Whether its good political strategy or not and I dont think Palin cares about that as much as her critics suppose its Gods work and its about time someone...