“What people don’t realize is, because of Obamacare, Medicare is going broke.” -- House Speaker Paul D. Ryan (R-Wis.), interview with Fox News, Nov. 10
Our eyebrows went up when we saw this quote from Ryan. It has been a bipartisan fallacy to claim that the old-age health program Medicare is going “broke,” which is incorrect for the reasons outlined below. But what was notable was he specifically blamed the Affordable Care Act for making Medicare go broke.
The first email calling me a “b‑‑‑‑” for my Pinocchio rating came early in the election season, when there were so many presidential candidates it was hard to keep track. I showed it to my colleague and editor Glenn Kessler. He was surprised; people don’t really call him that. Over the next 18 months or so, “b‑‑‑‑” became one of the more pedestrian names I was called for doing my job.
Donald Trump won the electoral college and, thus, the presidency — and did so while earning an astonishing 59 Four-Pinocchio rulings from The Fact Checker. (Hillary Clinton, by contrast, earned seven Four-Pinocchio ratings.)
We often say that we do not write fact checks to influence the behavior of politicians; we write fact checks to inform voters. What voters do with the information in our fact checks is up to them. Certainly we do not expect voters to be swayed by fact checks when casting as important a vote as for the presidency — though one angry Clinton supporter emailed Tuesday night to say his candidate lost because The Fact Checker devoted too much attention to her email controversy.
With the 2016 presidential election race coming to a close tomorrow, here’s a roundup of 29 claims being made by Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton in their “final argument” speeches. Trump repeated many of his greatest hits of debunked claims, and Clinton mainly attacked Trump.
And, remember, no matter what your politics, please don’t take your right to vote for granted.
This presidential election race has been one for the record books — including for Pinocchios.
In many ways, it was an unbalanced race. Donald Trump has amassed such a collection of Four-Pinocchio ratings — 59 in all — that by himself he’s earned as many in this campaign as all other Republicans (or Democrats) combined in the past three years. His average Pinocchio rating was 3.4. (By contrast, the worst Pinocchio rating in 2012 was earned by Rep. Michele Bachmann of Minnesota — an average of 3.08 Pinocchios.)
“Murder is — in 45 years, right now, the rates are the highest they’ve been … and they don’t want to talk about it.” — Donald Trump, campaign rally in Las Vegas, Oct. 30, 2016
“The murder rate in the United States, it’s the worst, the highest it’s been in 45 years. Nobody talks about that — nobody talks about that.” — Trump, campaign rally in Phoenix, Oct. 29, 2016
“I can just once again let you know that as far as I know, that CNN has never provided me with questions, absolutely ever.”
“And as I said repeatedly, CNN in the 14 years I was associated with CNN, I have never received anything. If I had a blank piece of paper that would basically be the end of this conversation. I never get documents from CNN.” -- Donna Brazile, interim chair of the Democratic National Committee, in an interview with Megyn Kelly, Oct. 19
“One of the things, the important aspects of this race, is role modeling what good families should look like. And my view, if you can’t run your own house, you certainly can’t run the White House. Can’t do it.” -- Michelle Obama, Aug. 12, 2007, remarks in Chicago, featured in an anti-Clinton attack ad
“When Hillary Clinton served in the U.S. Senate for nearly a decade, women in her employ earned a median annual salary of nearly $16,000 a year lower than that of men she employed, or 72 cents for every dollar men earned.” — voiceover in political ad by pro-Donald Trump super PAC “Make America Number 1”
“This is bigger than Watergate. This is bigger than Watergate. In my opinion. This is bigger than Watergate.” — Donald Trump, campaign rally, Oct. 28
Trump has claimed that the Hillary Clinton email controversy is the biggest political scandal “since” Watergate, but now he flatly says it is “bigger” than Watergate. His campaign is now using this line: