FactCheck: Obama Mangled Some Health Care Facts

SummaryPresident Obama tried to sell his health care overhaul in prime time, mangling some facts in the process. He also strained to make the job sound easier to pay for than experts predict. Analysis With the health care debate on Capitol Hill raging on, President Barack Obama held a prime-time news conference July 22 to make his pitch for a health care bill once again to the American public. Among his facts and figures, we found some false and questionable statements. Paying...

Factcheck.org: Unions Mislead on Health Care

They attack McCain's plan. One ad uses a bogus tax figure; another makes a false claim about coverage. SummaryTwo labor unions are running ads falsely characterizing McCain's health care plan. Analysis The United Auto Workers V-CAP and the Service Employees International Union are airing ads critical of Sen. John McCain's health care plan. They both charge that McCain's proposals would harm workers who get health care benefits at their jobs, but some of the claims are off the...

Factcheck.org: That Chain E-Mail Your Friend Sent You

I've noticed that chain e-mails, particularly those about politics, have a lot of things in common: urgent and frightening messages; spelling errors; a tendency to blame mainstream media for not telling the real story; and false, misleading, utterly bogus, and completely off-base claims.If there was ever a case where readers should apply a guilty-until-proven-innocent standard, this is it. We at FactCheck.org ask the public to be skeptical about politicians' claims. With these e-mails, outright...