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Archived Since:April 20, 2011

Blog Post Archive

Alison Grimes doubles down on a 4-Pinocchio claim

“I am Alison Lundergan Grimes and this is the Big Sandy power plant in Louisa, Kentucky. They are shutting down half the plant and laying off their workers because Mitch McConnell didn’t fight to get the scrubbers it needs to reduce coal emissions. Instead, Mitch and his wife pocketed $600,000 from enemies of coal, including […]

Did Ed Gillespie dance with a dictator?

“His firm even lobbied for five foreign governments, including a dictator now awaiting trial for war crimes.” – voiceover for new ad by Sen. Mark Warner (D-Va.) Ed Gillespie, the Republican challenger to Sen. Mark Warner, has long been a fixture in Washington, first as a Capitol Hill aide, then as a lobbyist in a […]

First-class travel for lawmakers: A 4-Pinocchio falsehood pops up again

“Congresswoman Julia Brownley is what’s wrong with Washington. Brownley voted to allow first class air travel for Congress.” — new ad by the Congressional Leadership Fund, a Republican-leaning Super PAC Nothing depresses The Fact Checker more than seeing the same Four-Pinocchio falsehoods repeated. Show More Summary

Rand Paul’s claim that the White House suggested Ebola transmission is like AIDS

“I think from the very beginning they haven’t been completely forthright with us. They’ve so wanted to downplay this that they really I don’t think have been very accurate in their description of the disease. For example, they say, ‘Don’t worry, it’s only mixture of bodily fluids through direct contact.’ So what are you thinking? […]

Obama’s claim that Obamacare has helped produce a ‘$1,800 tax cut’

“If we hadn’t taken this on, and [health insurance] premiums had kept growing at the rate they did in the last decade, the average premium for family coverage today would be $1,800 higher than they are.  Now, most people don’t notice it, but that’s $1,800 you don’t have to pay out of your pocket or […]

Mitch McConnell’s puzzling claims on insurance in Kentucky, post-Obamacare

“Kentucky Kynect is a Web site. It was paid for by a $200-and-some-odd-million grant from the federal government. The Web site can continue. But in my view, the best interest of the country would be achieved by pulling out Obamacare, root and branch…. Now, with regard to Kynect, it’s a state exchange. They can continue […]

Iraq WMD: Does the New York Times probe reflect what administration officials claimed?

  “During the long occupation, American troops began encountering old chemical munitions in hidden caches and roadside bombs. Typically 155-millimeter artillery shells or 122-millimeter rockets, they were remnants of an arms program Iraq had rushed into production in the 1980s during the Iran-Iraq war. Show More Summary

The absurd claim that only Republicans are to blame for cuts to Ebola research

“Republican cuts kill” – new Web ad by the Agenda Project Action Fund This ad is simply a more extreme version of a new Democratic talking point — that GOP budget cuts have harmed the nation’s ability to handle the Ebola outbreak. It mixes statistics — the budget for the Centers for Disease Control and […]

The White House and the Secret Service: statements regarding a Senate panel’s findings

“A bipartisan Senate investigation led by Senators Claire McCaskill and Ron Johnson concluded that changes made to the IG report were ‘part of the ordinary process of editing the report.’” “I’d like to draw your attention to the bipartisan subcommittee report, again, chaired by Senators Claire McCaskill and Ron Johnson, who could not substantiate those […]

The fierce fight over an abortion ad in New Hampshire

“In Massachusetts, Scott Brown pushed for a law to force women considering abortion–forced them—to look at color photographs of developing fetuses.” –voiceover of new television ad by Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.) “What Jeanne Shaheen is doing is despicable. Her lies and scare tactics are, quite frankly, disappointing. …This bill that she’s referring to, that by […]

Tom Cotton’s bogus claim that the Islamic State colloborates with Mexican drug cartels

“We now know that it’s a security problem. Groups like the Islamic State collaborate with drug cartels in Mexico who have clearly shown they’re willing to expand outside the drug trade into human trafficking and potentially even terrorism. They could infiltrate our defenseless border and attack us right here in places like Arkansas.” – Rep. Tom […]

The repeated claim that Obama ‘vowed’ to bankrupt coal plants

“[Alison] Grimes helped nominate Obama even after he vowed to bankrupt coal plants” –new ad by Crossroads GPS Two new ads by GOP-leaning Crossroads GPS slam Kentucky Democratic Senate nominee Alison Lundergan Grimes with a similar theme — that Obama “vowed” to bankrupt the coal industry. (The second ad, a 15-second hit, says: “She says she […]

4 Pinocchios for a misguided ‘big money’ coal attack by Alison Grimes

“What Mitch McConnell doesn’t want you to know is that he and his wife personally took $600,000 from anti-coal groups, including New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s anti-coal foundation.” –new television ad from Democratic Senate nominee Alison Lundergan Grimes In their nasty Senate battle, Senate GOP leader Mitch McConnell (R) and challenger Alison Lundergan Grimes […]

Did Bruce Braley threaten a lawsuit over his neighbor’s chickens?

  Iowa State Sen. Joni Ernst (R): “Congressman, you threatened to sue a neighbor over chickens that came onto your property. You are talking about bipartisanship. How do we expect as Iowans to believe that you will work across the aisle when you can’t walk across your yard?” Rep. Bruce Braley (D-Iowa):  “That’s just not true. […]

Clever wordsmithing doesn’t avoid Pinocchios in yet another black lung attack

Evan Jenkins “backs a Washington plan that would repeal black lung benefits. He received thousands of dollars from those working to deny care to miners suffering from black lung.” – voiceover of new Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee ad, attacking the Republican candidate for West Virginia’s third congressional district We recently gave Four Pinocchios to Rep. […]

The most popular fact checks of September

Most of the fact checks in September focused on the increasingly nasty—and false—ads aired by candidates and outside groups in both political parties. But our monthly round-up of the most widely read columns is dominated by ones on the Islamic State terrorist group, clearly the hot topic of the month. Click on the headline to […]

The Braley-Ernst clash over ‘personhood’ in Iowa

Rep. Bruce Braley (D-Iowa): “What I won’t do is support the type of legislation that Sen. Ernst introduced in Iowa—which would have banned all forms of abortion, that would have prevented certain forms of contraception from being available to Iowa women, that would have prevented in vitro fertilization and prosecuted doctors for performing what are […]

Did Intelligence agencies or the White House err on Islamic State?

  CBS News correspondent Steve Kroft: “How did they [Islamic State terrorists] end up where they are, in control of so much territory? Was that a complete surprise to you?” President Obama: “I think our head of the intelligence community, Jim Clapper, has acknowledged that I think they underestimated what had been taking place in […]

The NRA’s over-the-top ad stretches the facts with its images

“Mary Landrieu voted to take away your gun rights.” –new National Rifle Association ad, airing in Louisiana  This new NRA ad certainly packs a punch. It opens with idyllic scenes of a mother in an upper middle-class home checking on her baby in the crib and texting a spouse who’s away: “Love You. Good Night.” […]

Bill Clinton’s claim that 100,000 cops sent the crime rate ‘way down’

  “I worked hard to put more than 100,000 police on the street and the crime rate went way down.” –Former President Bill Clinton, in an interview on CNN, Sept. 24, 2014 During Clinton’s presidency, his 1994 proposal to have the federal government pay for 100,000 additional police officers was one of his signature talking […]

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