Fact Check

Thursday, October 02, 2008

Politifact's Bill Adair, the weekly guest until Election Day, brings his Truth-O-Meter to fact-check some recent campaign claims.


Bill Adair

Comments [8]

Geoff from West Orange, NJ

From Wikipedia:

"Barbara Ann" is a song written by Fred Fassert and performed (as "Barbara Anne") by The Regents in 1961. The recording reached a peak position of #13 on the Billboard Hot 100 record chart.

The most famous cover version is by the American pop band The Beach Boys. The song was released as a single on December 20, 1965, with the B-side "Girl Don't Tell Me". The song peaked at #2 in the U.S. and at #3 in the U.K.

Oct. 02 2008 11:40 AM
Peterson from Westchester

Did Biden actually say that FDR got on TV in 1929 to reassure the country after the stock market crash?
Did he refer to Sen. Obama as "clean and articulate?"
Did he say, " “you cannot go to a 7-Eleven or a Dunkin’ Donuts unless you have a slight Indian accent.”
Who's "not qualified!"

Oct. 02 2008 11:09 AM
hjs from 11211

what about palin killing the wolves from helicopters

Oct. 02 2008 11:00 AM
marcos from morristown

What is the per person earmarks in the state for Obama and Palin? and where do they rank overall in the country?

Oct. 02 2008 11:00 AM
Leonardo Andres

who funds politico? or this fact check? does anybody know?

Oct. 02 2008 10:59 AM
Jonathan from Manhattan

From On The Media from 9/18/08:

There’s been no shortage of fact-checkers this campaign season. But Washington Post columnist Shankar Vedantam explains that a number of new studies suggest people don't let go of political misinformation after hearing a correction. In fact, the misinformation spreads.

"SHANKAR VEDANTAM: That’s exactly right. So, in other words, when people are predisposed to buy a piece of bad information, the refutation ends up essentially not correcting the misinformation entirely. It corrects it only part way, leaving residual feelings of negativity toward whoever the target of the misinformation was."

Oct. 02 2008 10:57 AM
Jane from Brooklyn

Is it true that Palin is being sued by some disability groups in Alaska for cutting funding?

Oct. 02 2008 10:52 AM
KC from NYC

Hi Bill. Same question I had last week: regarding Palin potentially charging rape victims for their "rape kits"; you specified that this was sort-of true (because victims' insurance companies were charged), but made sure to point out that this was distinct from the individuals themselves being charged.

So does Alaska not share the lower 48 states' private healthcare system, wherein the patient pays for his/her healthcare, either with cash or via premiums, deductibles, and co-pays? If so, I certainly see the point of your distinction. Please explain. Thanks.

Oct. 02 2008 10:22 AM

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