Wednesday, April 25, 2018


Jon Greenberg, Politifact staff writer

Jon Greenberg, Politifact staff writer

Jon Greenberg is a staff writer with PolitiFact. He was part of the PolitiFact team during the 2012 presidential election and was one of the fact-checkers who launched PunditFact in 2013. Prior to that, he was executive editor at New Hampshire Public Radio and a Washington reporter for National Public Radio. He has twice won awards from the Society of Professional Journalists for investigative reporting.

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg arrives to testify before a House Energy and Commerce hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington on April 11, 2018. Zuckerberg repeatedly assured lawmakers Tuesday and Wednesday that he didn't believe the company violated its 2011 agreement with the Federal Trade Commission to overhaul its privacy practices. [Associated Press]

PolitiFact: Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg omits key details in congressional testimony

Mark Zuckerberg, the 33-year-old billionaire founder of Facebook, wound up two days of hearings on Capitol Hill, explaining the company’s policies and the role it had in the 2016 election. The questions from House members were more pointed than those...
Published: 04/13/18
Gun buyers look through a selection of AR-15 rifles at the In Guns We Trust LLC booth during the Tampa Gun Show earlier this year. [Tampa Bay Times photo by Chris Urso]

PolitiFact: Does the spending bill’s gun research line nullify the Dickey amendment?

One of the hurdles in the gun policy debate is a lack of hard data. Tucked in the just-passed $1.3 trillion spending package is a single sentence that its authors say points the country in a new direction.The guts of the text come down to this:...
Updated one month ago
President Donald Trump speaks at a Generation Next White House forum at the Eisenhower Executive Office Building on the White House complex in Washington, Thursday, March 22, 2018. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta) WHMC108

PolitiFact: Donald Trump botches Japanese bowling ball on the car hood test

The statementIn Japan, "they take a bowling ball from 20 feet up in the air and they drop it on the hood of the car. And if the hood dents, then the car doesn’t qualify. … It’s horrible, the way we’re...
Updated one month ago
Florida state Sen. David Simmons, R-Altamonte Springs. (SCOTT KEELER   |   Times)

PolitiFact Florida: Lawmaker mangles Nazi gun control history

During a key vote in the Florida Senate to reject an assault weapons ban, state Sen. David Simmons, R-Altamonte Springs, argued that the original reason for the Second Amendment was so people could protect themselves from a tyrannical government. He...
Updated one month ago

PolitiFact: Fox Business host makes 2 errors with steel tariffs and Electrolux deal

The statement"Electrolux, Sweden’s largest appliance maker, has just abandoned a $250 million investment in the United States because of the steel tariffs. That is retaliation."Stuart Varney, Fox...
Updated: 2 months ago
President Donald Trump speaks during a Public Safety Medal of Valor award ceremony at the East Room of the White House on Tuesday  in Washington, D.C.  (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

PolitiFact: Donald Trump falsely says he never denied Russian meddling

The indictments of 13 Russians detailing how they used Facebook and Twitter to undercut Hillary Clinton and promote President Donald Trump spurred a flurry of tweets from Trump over the Presidents Day weekend."I never said Russia did not meddle...
Updated: 2 months ago
President Donald Trump dines with business leaders and administration officials at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, Jan. 25, 2018. (Tom Brenner/The New York Times)  XNYT94

PolitiFact: Donald Trump said Chrysler is leaving Mexico. It isn’t

The statement"Chrysler is leaving Mexico and moving back to Michigan."President Donald Trump, Jan. 16 in a speech at a women’s event in WashingtonThe rulingSeveral automakers have unveiled hefty plans to expand in the...
Updated: 3 months ago
A member of the Tlingit tribe lowers a hemlock branch into the water to harvest herring eggs in Sitka, Alaska. (Photo by Bethany Goodrich)

In Sitka, Alaska, food doesn’t get more natural than this, or cheaper

SITKA, AlaskaA hefty brass bell hangs from a rafter in the middle of the Pioneer Bar. The P Bar, as everyone calls this down-home dive on Baranof Island about 90 miles southwest of Juneau, is a smokey haven for locals and fishermen.
Updated: 5 months ago
Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass, attends a news conference to discuss

Here’s the deal with Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s claims about Native American background

Elizabeth Warren might never live down the charge of falsely claiming Native American roots. The controversy emerged during the Democrat’s successful Senate run in Massachusetts in 2012, and it continues to dog her.In the throes of the 2016...
Updated: 5 months ago
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PolitiFact: John Kelly, the Civil War and the slavery compromise that almost was

he uproar that followed White House chief of staff John Kelly’s comment about the roots of the Civil War stands as Exhibit A of the potential problems that come when an official uses shorthand to talk about the country’s history of slavery.
Updated: 6 months ago