Topic: Pundits

Article: How Does PolitiFact Research and Determine Truth-O-Meter Rulings?

X Comments    Last updated: 2015-02-17 09:04:14

PolitiFact has published more than 7,000 Truth-O-Meter fact-checks since they launched six years ago. Read about the extensive research and criteria used in determinations. Read full article
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Bill O'Reilly
Since 1965, the United States has spent 'untold trillions' yet the poverty rate hasn’t budged.
Actually the poverty rate has fallen and plummeted for some groups
Politics
Check you favorite pundit' truth-o-meter rating
Check the truth ratings on nearly 100 pundits, journalist and politicians.
Liz Hasselbeck Fox Friends
"A Census Bureau worker claimed he was told to skew information to bring the unemployment rate down before the election."
The inside man who reported he had been told to alter reports did not even work for the Census Bureau during the election.  Even if he had fabricated some reports, experts say it would not have made a difference.
Patrick Moore Fox News
Climate change skeptic Patrick Moore says Earth has 'not warmed for the last 17 years'
The first decade of the 21st century was the warmest on record and it has been warming since the 1920s, and both 2005 and 2010 were warmer than 1998.
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Which TV network has most false claims according to PolitiFact ratings? Review the statements made by pundits.
PuntitFact rated 100 statements by FOX pundits and found that 39 percent were false or pants-on-fire.  This is compared to only 18 percent of 77 statements by ABC pundits.
Rush Limbaugh
When a woman says "No" to sexual advances she really means "Yes" if you know how to spot it, according to Rush.
Rush Limbaugh is so sick of the "modern" definition of consent. He says new rape definitions are just lawsuits in the making.  Defining sex as rape when a woman says "No" is "just crazy talk." This definition of rape "sucks all the fun out" of sex. See video
Steve Doocy Fox And Friends
Doocy claims NASA fudged data to make the case for global warming.
This is the pot calling the kettle black in a desperate effort to deny scientific facts. His information came from a blogger whose data was fundamentally flawed.  Besides, NASA could not fudge the data for the rest of the world.
Megyn Kelly Fox News
Kelly falsely claims, "A new Colorado law "literally allows residents to print ballots from their home computers, then encourages them to turn ballots over to ‘collectors.’
Kelly later admited this statement is false. The new law allows a universal mail-in system for active, registered voters. Ballots are mailed to voters, not printed out. Members of the military and voters who live overseas continue to be able to vote online.
Brian Kilmeade Fox News
Says Colorado food stamp recipients can use ATMs to get cash to buy marijuana.
The technology behind government electronic benefit cards blocks that. While the card could have cash value from another program such as TANF, no ATM would dispense cash based on a person’s food stamp allowance.

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