Presidential Primary Fact Checking by OnTheIssues.org
EXPLANATORY NOTE by OnTheIssues.org:
Numerous organizations perform "FactChecks" on candidates for public office.
Numerous OnTheIssues viewers have complained that the "FactCheckers" are as biased as the candidates.
We address the bias of the fact-checkers by including fact-checking from several sources.
In 2011, we use FactCheck.org and PolitiFact.com.
And we also have started our own internal fact-checking.
OnTheIssues.org's fact-checking focuses on subtle lies.
Politicians are very good at telling half-truths which deflect attention from the real issue -- we attempt here to point out those types of lies.
And we cover not-so-subtle lies that the other fact-checkers miss.
We remind voters to keep in mind the old adage:
Q: "How can you tell when a politician is lying?"
A: "His lips are moving."
We add to that adage that the mainstream news media are just as bad -- they line up to listen to the lies, and then report them to the public as truth.
Q: "How can you tell when news reports are lying?"
A: "When they just repeat what politicians say."
An honest press would instead investigate every statement made by politicians, rather than breathlessly repeating the lies as if they were true.
The mainstream media has abandoned that essential role. We attempt to remedy that on this website.
-- Jesse Gordon, jesse@OnTheIssues.org, August 2011
| OnTheIssues.org excerpts: (click on issues for details)
John F. Kennedy: FactCheck: 1960 election 70%-30% for JFK among black voters.
Lyndon Johnson: FactCheck: Civil Rights Act led to 90% black vote for Dems.
Energy & Oil|
James Inhofe: FactCheck: Bush made change to "climate change," not Obama.
Donald Trump: FactCheck: Yes, hybrid family vehicles are available in US.
Sarah Palin: FactCheck: Never said, "I can see Russia from my house".
Rick Perry: FactCheck: Pakistan is our ally, according to Bush generals.
Eric Cantor: FactCheck: Jihadists resent US occupation, not our beliefs.
Ed Markey: Authored laws on Telecomm, insider trading, and Alzheimers.
Paul Ryan: FactCheck: No, Medicare cost doesn't exceed national defense.
Rand Paul: FactCheck: Yes, military spending as much as next 10 nations.
Herman Cain: FactCheck: No, Israel leader never mentioned our way of life.
Ron Paul: FactCheck: Feds paid for 8M WWII vets to attend college.
Principles & Values|
Gabriel Gomez: FactCheck: Markey authored successful bills over 22 years.
Paul Ryan: FactCheck: "Progressivists" is intentionally insulting term.
Lyndon Johnson: FactCheck: Moved Trust Fund to "on-budget," not spendable.
Bobby Jindal: FactCheck: JFK lowered top income tax rate from 91% to 65%.
John F. Kennedy: FactCheck: JFK lowered top income tax rate from 91% to 65%.
Paul Ryan: FactCheck: JFK cut rates by 20%, but from twice today's rate.
Rush Limbaugh: FactCheck: JFK lowered top income tax rate from 91% to 65%.
Herman Cain: FactCheck: No, middle-earners pay more than 20% of taxes.
War & Peace|
Pat Buchanan: FactCheck: Nukes do not protect a country from attack.
Richard Nixon: FactCheck: No, Vietnam War ended in 1975, not 1973.
The above quotations are from Presidential Primary Fact Checking by OnTheIssues.org.