FactCheck.org’s co-founder takes a look back at our beginnings and how the fact-checking landscape has changed.
Vice President Biden and former V.P. Cheney have been slugging it out publicly over the proper way to prosecute suspected terrorists. Biden went so far as to accuse Cheney of being “factually, substantively wrong.” So we took a look, and found both men have been straining the facts …
Q: Are the Chinese drilling off the coast of Cuba?
A: No. George Will and Vice President Cheney got that wrong. But Cuba has allowed for exploration by at least six other non-Chinese firms in the region and onshore testing and exploration by China’s Sinopec.
Q: Are Barack Obama and Dick Cheney cousins?
A: Yep. But they are quite distant relatives.
President Bush has declared repeatedly, “we do not torture.” But claims of prisoner abuse continue to surface, Amnesty International has declared the US detention center in Cuba to be “a gulag,” and the administration has yet to deny a news report that it holds scores of suspects in secret CIA prisons overseas.
Bush says Congress had the same (faulty) intelligence he did. Howard Dean says intelligence was “corrupted.” We give facts.
We find some subtle word-twisting, and place the claims in context.