10/20/14 State Roundup
CNN is hosting the third and final debate of the governor's race tonight and the network has been clear: No fans.
That may avert another standoff like the one that held up last week's debate for seven minutes. But it probably won't stop the candidates from spinning on the issues.
Whether it's Democrat Charlie Crist or Republican incumbent Rick Scott, the two have been campaigning so long that they've started to repeat themselves on issues like jobs, education and same-sex marriage. PolitiFact Florida has been fact-checking the race for close to a year now....
A new ad with an old complaint against Charlie Crist calls it "flippin’ unbelievable" -- then recounts how Crist has flip-flopped on, well, many things.
The ad, put out by the Republican Party of Florida, could have chosen any number of Crist’s positions to highlight, but this one focused on four significant issues: party affiliation, the health care law, abortion and the stimulus. For the most part, it uses clips of Crist’s own contradictory comments before concluding, "That’s flippin’ nuts" and "Charlie Crist, typical flippin’ politician."...
09/30/14 State Roundup
A new ad with an old complaint against Charlie Crist calls it "flippin' unbelievable" — then recounts how Crist has flip-flopped on, well, many things.
The ad, put out by the Republican Party of Florida, could have chosen any number of Crist's positions to highlight, but this one focused on four significant issues: party affiliation, the health care law, abortion and the stimulus. For the most part, it uses clips of Crist's own contradictory comments before concluding, "That's flippin' nuts" and "Charlie Crist, typical flippin' politician."...
We're looking back at 10 recent fact-checks from PolitiFact and PunditFact on climate change in light of the United Nations summit in New York last week. These fact-checks cover some of the key points of the climate change debate.
1. "Climate change is a hoax."
Earlier this year we looked at a detailed video from Louisiana congressional candidate Lenar Whitney, who repeated the assertion that climate change is a hoax. We found — as we have before — that there's an overwhelming consensus among respected scientists that human-caused global warming is real. In this fact-check, we looked at some of Whitney's supporting evidence to argue that global warming is a hoax and found that it was weak. We rated her statement Pants on Fire....
When it comes to claims about Medicare, some political talking points just never die.
In Iowa and Virginia, Republicans have accused Democrats of cutting Medicare to pay for Obamacare. In Florida, a Republican was slammed for ending the Medicare "guarantee." Other Medicare-related attacks have been deployed in Arkansas and Kentucky Senate races. The point of all the attacks is to convince midterm voters that one side or the other won't protect the program....
09/06/14 State Roundup
Gov. Rick Scott has had nearly four years to enact the agenda he promised as a candidate back in 2010: a relentless focus on jobs, a downsizing of government and a hard line on illegal immigration.
PolitiFact Florida has tracked 57 of his campaign promises over four years and found a mixed report. Scott is certainly trying on job creation. He has succeeded in shrinking government. But he has largely reversed himself on immigration. ...
If you're looking for a writer who can do any style or genre, then David Mitchell fits the bill.
His 2004 novel Cloud Atlas had it all, to an almost absurd degree: historical fiction, a detective story, modern literary farce and futuristic sci-fi fantasy. Cloud Atlas was more like a series of stitched-together short stories than a novel, but it pursued a unifying thematic thread: how human beings prey upon each other for their own ends, but occasionally do selfless things that point toward freedom. ...
School was out for most students this summer, but education attacks in the race for governor never took a vacation. PolitiFact Florida has been monitoring the claims and has a report card on how education spending changed under both Charlie Crist and Rick Scott. Both Scott and Crist cite numbers for education funding, but they omit context, including a historic recession and the role of the Legislature or the federal government. Read PolitiFact Florida's full report....
Fact-checking reports from Florida’s Truth-O-Meter can now be read in Halifax Media Group newspapers around the state, thanks to a new agreement between the Tampa Bay Times and Halifax Media Group.
Now, many of the Florida Truth-O-Meter rulings that appear in the Tampa Bay Times, the Miami Herald and online at politifact.com/florida will be available to newspaper readers in other Florida cities. The agreement will reach readers of the Sarasota Herald-Tribune, the Daytona Beach News-Journal, the Lakeland Ledger, the Winter Haven News Chief, the Gainesville Sun, the Ocala Star-Banner, the Panama City News Herald, the Northwest Florida Daily News of Fort Walton Beach and the Leesburg Daily Commercial....
Iraq's descent into violence and chaos led the Sunday news shows, as pundits and political leaders debated what actions the United States should take next. In domestic news, the shows dissected the political stunner of the week: Republican majority leader Eric Cantor's loss to primary challenger David Brat.
One pundit had the unusual role of getting some credit for Cantor's ouster. Talk show host Laura Ingraham had repeatedly attacked Cantor, especially for his position on immigration, in the weeks leading up to the election. Appearing on ABC's This Week, Ingraham said voters knew "that if Eric Cantor went back to Washington, that was a green light for immigration reform."...
House Republicans want another investigation of the attacks in Benghazi, specifically whether the White House is withholding information on the attacks.
By some counts, it's the eighth investigation into the Sept. 11, 2012, attacks in Libya in which four Americans died, including the U.S. ambassador.
PolitiFact has been monitoring claims about the attacks since shortly after they occurred. The rhetoric has been highly politicized, focusing on whether the Obama administration downplayed the role of terrorists in the attacks....
The pundits and politicians had more questions than answers Sunday morning about Malaysian Airlines Flight 370, which disappeared on Saturday with 239 people on board.
Two passengers on the flight were traveling from Malaysia to Beijing with stolen passports, but aviation experts wondered if that indicated illegal immigration rather than a terror attack. Evidence was frustratingly slim, and authorities and journalists warned people not to draw conclusions too soon....
What word starts with "d" and ends with "t" and has to do with the federal budget?
You'd be right if you said "debt." You'd also be right if you said "deficit." But while the two words sound the same, they describe very different concepts. One is getting bigger, while the other is getting smaller. The politicians and talking heads don't make things easier by confusing the two.
It's a mistake we're seeing more often, especially from Democrats who want to defend President Barack Obama's fiscal policies....
It was 2007 when a young senator from Illinois arrived on the national scene and launched a campaign for president. By coincidence, that's the same year PolitiFact launched. We've been fact-checking the man who became President Barack Obama ever since.
Last week, we published our 500th fact-check on Obama.
No. 500 is Obama's statement in a recent radio address that the United States generates "more natural gas than anybody" thanks in part to his administration's "all-of-the-above" energy strategy....
We suspected that President Barack Obama was the most fact-checked person on the Truth-O-Meter, but we confirmed it when we compiled data to mark the 500th time we've fact-checked him.
Curious about who else has been fact-checked most often? We were, too. So we created a list of the Top 10 most fact-checked people on the Truth-O-Meter, which includes our state affiliates. Numbers are accurate as of Wednesday....