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 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.
| OnTheIssues.org excerpts: (click on issues for details)
Chris Christie: FactCheck: Donor to Planned Parenthood in '94, but denies it.
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.
Bernie Sanders: Regrets vote to deregulate swaps and derivatives.
Hillary Clinton: FactCheck: Yes, hedge-fund billionaires run ads against her.
Donald Trump: FactCheck: More than figurehead at Trump U.
Energy & Oil|
James Inhofe: FactCheck: Bush made change to "climate change," not Obama.
Donald Trump: FactCheck: Yes, hybrid family vehicles are available in US.
Families & Children|
Rick Santorum: FactCheck: Yes, ISIS declared fatwa to kill disabled kids.
Chris Christie: World has fewer democracies than before Obama.
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.
Ted Cruz: I always opposed TPP, but I supported TPA.
Rick Santorum: FactCheck: Several other candidates support EXIM Bank too.
Ed Markey: Authored laws on Telecomm, insider trading, and Alzheimers.
Bernie Sanders: FactCheck: No, never supported by National Rifle Association.
Hillary Clinton: FactCheck: 33,000 gun deaths includes suicides & accidents.
Martin O`Malley: FactCheck: Yes, ISIL made videos on buying assault weapons.
Paul Ryan: FactCheck: No, Medicare cost doesn't exceed national defense.
Marco Rubio: FactCheck: Yes, Air Force is now smallest in its history.
Barack Obama: We spend more on military than next 8 nations combined.
Hillary Clinton: FactCheck: No, ISIL doesn't cite Trump in recruitment videos.
Rand Paul: FactCheck: Yes, military spending as much as next 10 nations.
Hillary Clinton: FactCheck: 7 official reports on Benghazi over 3-year period.
Hillary Clinton: FactCheck: Dozens of U.S. diplomats killed during Bush terms.
Jeb Bush: FactCheck: No, Benghazi wasn't 1st deadly assault since 1979.
Kevin McCarthy: Questions remain unanswered about Benghazi.
Herman Cain: FactCheck: No, Israel leader never mentioned our way of life.
Jill Stein: FactCheck: 2.5M deportations counts removals, not returns.
Nikki Haley: FactCheck: US does have history of religion-based exclusion.
Ted Cruz: FactCheck: Yes, Bill Clinton deported 12M illegal aliens.
Barack Obama: We've cut unemployment in half during my term.
Ron Paul: FactCheck: Feds paid for 8M WWII vets to attend college.
Principles & Values|
Donald Trump: I have a daughter and son-in-law who are Jewish.
Ted Cruz: FactCheck: Yes, Cruz speaks Spanish & understands Univision.
Ted Cruz: FactCheck: McCain was born in US territory, not Panama.
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|
Bernie Sanders: Qatar is wealthy; needs to get skin in game against ISIS.
Ted Cruz: FactCheck: No, ISIS and Iran haven't declared war on America.
Ben Carson: FactCheck: Yes, Congress declared war after 9/11, sort of.
Pat Buchanan: FactCheck: Nukes do not protect a country from attack.
Richard Nixon: FactCheck: No, Vietnam War ended in 1975, not 1973.