PolitiFact botches judgment on Ben Carson tax plan
“[Becky] Quick’s math is sound, based on what’s publicly known about Carson’s plan. Carson’s 15 percent flat tax would generate a $1.1 trillion hole. By … Continue reading
Trey Gowdy vs. PolitiFact “Gowdy has a point that he’s still waiting on quite a few documents, but it goes too far to say he … Continue reading
Koch brothers to spend $900 million on 2016 election?
“(T)he Koch brothers, the second wealthiest family in America, are going to spend $900 million in the coming election cycle.” —Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) on … Continue reading
PolitiFact burns Bernie Sanders
“Sanders said that “in this last election in November, … 63 percent of the American people chose not to vote, … 80 percent of young … Continue reading
Alligator attacks, guns and PolitiFact Florida
“(Erek) Culbreath said, ‘According to the state of Florida, you are almost twice as likely to get attacked by an alligator than by someone with … Continue reading
Fact checking PolitiFact’s stock market numbers
“These numbers show that Webb is definitely right for the NASDAQ Composite (in fact, he underestimates a bit) and that he’s just about on target … Continue reading
The 60 percent pay gap in Silicon Valley
“One recent report on the gender pay gap in the Valley found that a woman with a bachelor’s degree here tends to make 60 percent … Continue reading
It’s a myth Obama wants the U.S. alone to stop climate change?
“Myth: President Obama wants the United States to stop climate change alone.” —The Democratic National Committee, December 2014 on its “Your Republican Uncle” website … Continue reading
FiveThirtyEight and atheists in prison
“Atheists are underrepresented [in federal prison].” Mona Chalabi, in a March 12, 2015 article for FiveThirtyEight Overview FiveThirtyEight uses data inadequate for the task … Continue reading
Did Netanyahu take Kerry out of context?
“Netanyahu Takes Kerry Out of Context” —FactCheck.org, from a March 3, 2015 fact check of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu Overview FactCheck.org’s assertion that … Continue reading
Would the 2013 immigration reform bill have allowed immigrants to take American jobs?
“Myth: Immigration reform will allow illegal immigrants to take away jobs from hard-working Americans.” —The Democratic National Committee, from its “Your Republican Uncle” website, November … Continue reading
Quote check: ‘We’re not going to let our campaign be dictated by fact checkers’
“We’re not going to let our campaign be dictated by fact checkers.” —Neil Newhouse, Mitt Romney campaign pollster, Aug. 28, 2012 Overview A … Continue reading
Waterboarding fact check: Kessler vs. Cheney
“Contrary to Cheney’s assertion, waterboarding was an important charge in a number of the lesser-profile cases.” —Glenn Kessler, the Washington Post Fact Checker, from a Dec. … Continue reading