September 21, 2011 10:36 pm ET filed under Fact Check
In May right-wing activist Marc Morano said Republican candidates "can believe in the science of global warming ... if you keep your mouth shut about it and you advocate no quote-unquote solution to the problem." By contrast, the following statements show that in previous years, prominent Republicans spoke about both the robust body of evidence indicating that human activities are changing the climate and the need to address the problem. While the political discourse has since regressed, the scientific consensus has not.
May 09, 2011 10:19 am ET filed under Blog
May 09, 2011 9:51 am ET filed under Fact Check
The right wing deployed its war-on-terror heavy hitters to Sunday's political shows to proclaim that waterboarding — or "enhanced interrogation" — was what got us to Osama bin Laden. Former Vice President Dick Cheney (R) said those methods got us "the early leads" while his daughter Liz claimed CIA Director Leon Panetta credits the bin Laden intelligence to harsh interrogations, Rudy Giuliani (R-NY) insisted they played "a significant role," and former Defense Sec. Donald Rumsfeld (R) said "it's clear" that the interrogation program "worked." But the pro-torture right protests too much; there's no evidence "enhanced interrogation" led us to bin Laden, and Panetta's comments were not so clear-cut as Liz Cheney claimed. Meanwhile, on CNN, former Rep. Tom Davis (R-VA) misled viewers about Democratic debt-reduction plans and claimed — wrongly — that the Bush tax cuts haven't helped the wealthy or hurt the rest of us.
November 03, 2010 1:41 pm ET filed under Video
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May 10, 2010 10:11 am ET filed under Fact Check
The Mother's Day editions of the Sunday political talk shows spent a great deal of time breaking down last week's failed terrorist bombing in Times Square. In an appearance on ABC's This Week, Rudy Giuliani attacked the Obama administration for its commitment to the rule of law and informing terror suspects of their Miranda rights. In the process, Giuliani warped the facts of recent investigations -- and numerous statements he has made in the past about terrorists, courts and the rule of law contradict his criticisms.
November 17, 2009 3:12 pm ET filed under Blog