When Barack Obama took office as the 44th president of the United States, PolitiFact created an unprecedented database of his 533 campaign promises. We've spent the past eight years amassing the definitive account of his record.
Obama had several overarching priorities: Get the economy back on track, impose new regulations on the financial sector, pass a health care plan, overhaul immigration law and address climate change....
Facebook announced changes on Thursday to curtail the spread of fake news on its online platform, making it easier for users to report potential hoaxes while highlighting independent fact-checking in news feeds.
The social media giant is partnering with fact-checkers who are part of the Poynter Institute's International Fact-Checking Network — including the Tampa Bay Times' PolitiFact — to flag bogus content, it said. Among the changes, users who try to "share" a suspect post will be alerted that the story may be inaccurate....
Ignoring the facts has long been a staple of political speech. Every day, politicians overstate some statistic, distort their opponents' positions, or simply tell out-and-out whoppers. Surrogates and pundits spread the spin.
Then there's fake news, the phenomenon that is now sweeping, well, the news. Fake news is made-up stuff, masterfully manipulated to look like credible journalistic reports that are easily spread online to large audiences willing to believe the fictions and spread the word....
After the Republican presidential debate in Milwaukee, PolitiFact Wisconsin fact-checked Rand Paul's attack on Marco Rubio's major proposals.
"We have to decide what is conservative and what isn't conservative. Is it fiscally conservative to have a trillion-dollar expenditure? We're not talking about giving people back their tax money. He's talking about giving people money they didn't pay. It's a welfare transfer payment," Paul said of Rubio’s tax credit plan. "So, here's what we have. Is it conservative to have $1 trillion in transfer payments -- a new welfare program that's a refundable tax credit? Add that to Marco's plan for $1 trillion in new military spending, and you get something that looks, to me, not very conservative."...
Florida Sen. Marco Rubio is a fan of vocational training. At the Fox Business Network GOP debate in Milwaukee, Rubio made a pitch for young Americans to put down the textbooks and pick up a blowtorch.
"For the life of me, I don’t know why we have stigmatized vocational training," Rubio said. "Welders make more money than philosophers. We need more welders and less philosophers."...
PolitiFact has been fact-checking Thursday's Republican primary debate. So far, the fact-checkers have ruled on several statements from U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio on the topics of immigration, Hillary Clinton's years in government and whether Donald Trump supported Charlie Crist in 2010. (Trump did.) Read PolitiFact's overview of all the candidates' performance....
Given Tuesday's announcement that Gov. Rick Scott was backing off support for expanding Medicaid, PolitiFact Florida decided to put his position on our Flip-O-Meter, where we look at whether public officials have changed position on public policy issues. We rated his latest remarks a Full Flop from his previous position. Read our full report....
Gov. Rick Scott won a second term with a slew of promises to constituents about cutting taxes, spending more on education and improving the environment. In recent weeks, Scott has taken actionon his promises by putting forward those ideas for the upcoming legislative session, which opens Tuesday. PolitiFact Florida is tracking those promises on the Scott-O-Meter, where the promises are currently rated In the Works. Read PolitiFact Florida's report to see which promises are in play for the session....
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."...
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....
PolitiFact Florida looks back at some of its most notable fact-checks on former Gov. Charlie Crist, now a Democratic candidate for governor. We looked at Crist's claims on education, voting rights and the stimulus, and we've looked at attacks against him about the state budget and abortion. We've also looked at two of Crist's notable changes in position, on his political party and on his support for gay marriage. Story here....
While Sen. Marco Rubio has made the media rounds this week, he hasn’t always been accurate.
"On this very day in Florida, it was announced that 300,000 people are going to lose their individual coverage because of Obamacare,” Rubio said on The O’Reilly Factor. “Now those people next year, they don’t have health insurance. They are going to owe the IRS money in the form of a fine. Where are they supposed to go now and buy that health insurance if the website isn’t working, if Consumer Reports is telling people to avoid the website?"...
Sen. Marco Rubio says Obamacare should be stopped, but one of his talking points is way off base: Rubio has said that "75 percent of small businesses now say they are going to be forced to either fire workers or cut their hours" because of the law.
That's a dramatic misinterpretation of a survey conducted by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. Actually, approximately 5 to 9 percent of small businesses who answered the survey said they would do that. To find out how the numbers went wrong, read PolitiFact's full report....
PolitiFact will soon announce its Lie of the Year -- the most significant falsehood of 2012, as chosen by our editors and reporters. They're also inviting PolitiFact readers to vote for the coveted Readers' Choice award. Here are the 10 finalists and a link to the survey so you can vote for your favorite....