Bachmann’s PolitiFact Record: Not too Swift

Via PolitiFact’s  Fact-checking Michele Bachmann we find that the site has looked into 23 of Bachmann’s claims since 2009.  The record?

True 1
Mostly True 0
Half True 2
Barely True 4
False 9
Pants on Fire 7

Details for each at the link.

FILED UNDER: Campaign 2012, Quick Takes, US Politics
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Steven L. Taylor is a Professor of Political Science and a College of Arts and Sciences Dean. His main areas of expertise include parties, elections, and the institutional design of democracies. His most recent book is the co-authored A Different Democracy: American Government in a 31-Country Perspective. He earned his Ph.D. from the University of Texas and his BA from the University of California, Irvine. He has been blogging since 2003 (originally at the now defunct Poliblog). Follow Steven on Twitter

Comments

  1. Ken says:

    But she’s truthy.

  2. CB says:

    this just proves that polifact is a cesspool of liberal indoctrination. or something.

  3. hey norm says:

    someone should graph that. talk about hockey sticks.

  4. Jay Tea says:

    There’s a “Pants On Fire” in one of Politifact’s own “Pants On Fire” descriptions. But I’m saving that for my own blog.

    J.

  5. Paul L. says:

    this just proves that polifact is a cesspool of liberal indoctrination. or something.

    Politifraud

    PolitiFact then engaged in a series of exercises, over the course of a thousand words, in which it sought to construct alternative jobs-creation metrics, finally settling on a jaw-dropping declaration that full accuracy would demand noting gross jobs created as well as net. If it occurred to anyone at PolitiFact that this methodology would enable a state to rack up its employment figures simply by firing the entire population each Friday, and re-hiring them all each Monday, there is no sign of it.

  6. TG Chicago says:

    I was wondering when the post-debate “Hey, I’ll be counter-intuitive and say that Bachmann isn’t so bad!” stuff would fade out and we’d get back to “Wow, she really is pretty nutty, isn’t she?”

  7. ratufa says:

    The first time Bachmann really registered with me was when she started talking about how the US was considering replacing the dollar with a world currency. At which point, I pretty much classified her as a doofus. She hasn’t done anything since then to change my mind.

  8. John P says:

    I posted this about Bachmann on your forum yesterday. So, you’re welcome.

    Elaine: Perhaps there’s more to him than meets the eye.

    Jerry: No, there’s less.

    Elaine: It’s possible.

    Jerry: No it isn’t. I’ve looked into his eyes. He’s pure evil.

  9. mantis says:

    There’s a “Pants On Fire” in one of Politifact’s own “Pants On Fire” descriptions. But I’m saving that for my own blog.

    Jay’s going to save his “not technically accurate” truthiness for his own blog. Our loss!