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Fact-Checkers Weigh In on Final Debate

Both sides made some dubious claims

(Newser) - The third presidential debate in Las Vegas was another busy night for the fact-checkers, who had an assortment of false claims, dubious statements, mischaracterizations, and exaggerations to look at from both candidates. Their verdict on some of the more controversial claims:
  • Donald Trump: "Her plan is going to raise
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Fact-Checkers Weigh In on Debate

Clinton hasn't fought ISIS her 'entire adult life'

(Newser) - The first presidential debate was a busy night for the fact-checkers—who were asked to "get to work" by Hillary Clinton after Donald Trump said she had been fighting ISIS her "entire adult life," the Los Angeles Times reports. ISIS, in fact, first emerged in 2004 as... More »

Fact-Checkers Find Many Flaws in Trump Speech

The picture he painted was too bleak

(Newser) - Despite promising "the truth, and nothing else" in his convention speech, Donald Trump presented the nation with a series of previously debunked claims and some new ones Thursday night—about the US tax burden, the perils facing police, Hillary Clinton's record, and more. Here's what fact-checkers at... More »

Obama's Speeches Show Giuliani Is Way Off Base

He lands top marks for 'whoppers' on president's love for US

(Newser) - The Washington Post is fact-checking Rudy Giuliani's recent claims about President Obama: On Fox News, the former New York mayor followed similar comments at a dinner by saying he never hears from the president about "what a great country we are, what an exceptional country we are. When... More »

Fact-Checking the State of the Union

President pointed to some debatable stats

(Newser) - Last night's State of the Union address has been described as "defiant" and "assertive," but how about "accurate"? The media this morning is questioning a few of President Obama's bigger claims. Among the shakier ones:
  • "Our combat mission in Afghanistan is over.
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NYC Teen Who 'Made' $72M Investing: I Lied

Mohammed Islam, 17, made it all up, and 'New York' magazine bought it

(Newser) - A New York City high school senior grabbed plenty of headlines yesterday after being named one of New York magazine's "Reasons We Love New York." What was so loveable and New York-y about Mohammed Islam? As the headline of reporter Jessica Pressler's piece proclaimed, "Because... More »

Obama 'Wins' Lie of the Year

'If you like your plan...' and ensuing prevaricating, take PolitiFact's top honors

(Newser) - "If you like your health care plan, you can keep it." Barack Obama has been raked over the coals for that one in recent months, and now he's getting, umm, honored for it: PolitiFact has awarded the phrase its Lie of the Year Award, it announced on... More »

TV Station (Mis)Reports SF Crash Pilot as 'Sum Ting Wong'

KTVU claims names were verified by NTSB

(Newser) - There's not fact checking, and then there's ... not even using your brain. A newscast on Bay Area Fox affiliate KTVU apparently fell for a (racist and offensive) joke, incorrectly reporting that the pilots of the plane that crashed at San Francisco airport were named "Sum Ting Wong,... More »

Fact-Check Gives Obama 'Upside-Down Pinocchio'

Debt ceiling position a 'major flip-flop'

(Newser) - The Washington Post's "Pinocchio Rating" has become a fixture in politics, but it's pretty rare to see the iconic wooden liar standing backward and on his head. But you can see him that way today . In light of Obama's combative press conference yesterday, the paper decided... More »

Robocall Invents Bogus Obama-Netanyahu Debate

Creator laughs at criticism, promises more

(Newser) - Ah, the closing days of a tight, bitter election, when robocalls send fact-checkers' blood pressure through the roof. Case in point, one playing in swing states from the Emergency Committee for Israel that not only invents a debate between President Obama and Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu that never existed, but... More »

Fact-Checking Debate's Biggest Whoppers

Obama never 'apologized' for America; Romney did oversee tuition breaks

(Newser) - President Obama called Mitt Romney's claim of a presidential "apology tour" a giant "whopper"—but Romney wasn't the only one offering misleading information last night, the AP reports. A rundown of some of the debate's inaccuracies:
  • Obama wasn't apologizing on his foreign tour
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Fact-Checking Last Night's Debate

Obama, Romney both played a little loose with the truth

(Newser) - As usual, the truth took a bit of a beating in last night's presidential debate. At least one fact was checked during the debate —Obama's assertion that he did, indeed, use the term "act of terror" to describe the attack on the US consulate in Libya... More »

So, Who Told the Truth?

Fact-checkers pore over last night's debate

(Newser) - Facts and numbers were flying in last night's debate, and President Obama and Mitt Romney agreed on so few of them that "the two men seemed to be inhabiting two parallel universes," Politico observes. Thankfully, a swarm of fact-checkers have been poring over the candidates' statements to... More »

Editor Imposed Fact-Checking 'Quota' on Bachmann

Minnesota Rep. made 'statements that just didn't add up'

(Newser) - A scary factoid from the world of fact-checking: Michele Bachmann made so many dicey claims during this year's primary season that listing them all would "overload" a debate story, said AP editor Jim Drinkard. "We had to have a self-imposed Michele Bachmann quota in some of those... More »

Fact-Checkers Ding Democrats, Too

Democrats fudge figures, misrepresent Romney policies

(Newser) - Fact-checkers raked Republicans over the coals during their convention, but Democrats haven't exactly been squeaky clean, either. Here are some of the distortions spotted on night one of the convention:
  • Julian Castro said the Romney-Ryan budget would "gut Pell grants." Paul Ryan's budget doesn't actually
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In This Election, Fact-Checkers Take a Hit

Neither party seems to care about getting called out

(Newser) - Paul Ryan's campaign speech on Wednesday was almost universally decried for distortions and inaccuracies , and Mitt Romney told his share last night as well. "The two speeches … seemed to signal the arrival of a new kind of presidential campaign," Michael Cooper of the New York Times... More »

Ryan's Speech Flunks Fact Checks

VP candidate lambasted for various deceptions

(Newser) - Paul Ryan's speech last night may have been rousing , but accurate it was not. Ryan is being lambasted today for what Sally Kohn of Fox News calls "an apparent attempt to set the world record for the greatest number of blatant lies and misrepresentations slipped into a single... More »

Newsweek's Anti-Obama Cover Story Draws Howls

Niall Ferguson piece dubbed misleading by Paul Krugman, others

(Newser) - Newsweek has found itself at the center of controversy again, this time with a cover story titled "Hit the Road, Barack," in which economist (and McCain 2008 adviser) Niall Ferguson picks apart the Obama presidency. Ferguson accuses the president of breaking campaign promises, boosting the deficit, letting the... More »

Biggest Loser This Election? The Truth

Inaccurate ads abound, despite fact-checking

(Newser) - Maybe George Washington couldn’t tell a lie, but today’s candidates sure can. Among the latest “facts” in campaign advertising: Bain Capital’s merger of a steel mill ensured that a woman would die of cancer, and President Obama plans to gut work requirements from welfare. Despite the... More »

Romney Misleads With Women Jobs Stat

His 92.3% number is technically correct, but missing context

(Newser) - As part of his recent bid to appeal to women, Mitt Romney deployed what he called an "amazing statistic," saying that "92.3% of all the jobs lost during the Obama years have been lost by women." If that made your eyebrows climb your forehead, you'... More »

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