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PolitiFact: Bachmann wrong on PolitiFact claim

When Michele Bachmann said in last night’s presidential debate, “After the debates that we had last week, PolitiFact came out and said that everything that I said was true,” you just had to know PolitiFact would want to weigh in.

That’s exactly what they did: turns out, Bachmann was flat-out wrong.

During an exchange with Newt Gingrich over his past work at the government-sponsored mortgage company Freddie Mac, Bachmann insisted that she was right in asserting Gingrich had worked to lobby lawmakers on Freddie Mac’s behalf. Gingrich said she had her facts wrong, and Bachmann responded by heralding PolitiFact’s endorsement.

Here’s the thing: PolitiFact didn’t judge the truthfulness of her Freddie Mac comments last week, and on the two assertions they did test, they gave her a “Mostly True” and a “Pants on Fire,” the worst possible rating on the site.

PolitiFact sets the record straight this morning:

“During the Sioux City debate, Bachmann said that “after the debate that we had last week, PolitiFact came out and said that everything I said was true.” That’s simply not the case. We rated two statements by Bachmann from that debate and ruled one of them Mostly True and the other one Pants on Fire. So for claiming she had a perfect record, she earns another Pants on Fire.”

Bachmann would be wise to avoid directing anyone to her PolitiFact file — of the 52 Bachmann claims they’ve tested, 31 have been ruled False or Pants on Fire.

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Comments (4)

  1. Submitted by Derek Wain on 12/16/2011 - 09:06 am.

    At the time that the abortion issue arose as part of welfare reform, at least one of the Republicans Gingrich supported and campaigned for did accept partial birth abortion. Gingrich was aware of this at the time.
    Bachmann was substantively correct on her charge. Gingrich’s reference to his voting record was irrelevant to MB specific, concrete charge, which was accurate. She did not refer to his “voting record.”
    MB has has had the courage and determination to catch out Newt on several substantive lies, especially about lobbying for Freddie Mac. Although Newt was not a registered lobbyist, he did lobby for Freddie Mac. I do not trust him to tell the truth. I do trust MB, the little lady with a spine of titanium.

  2. Submitted by Jim Roth on 12/19/2011 - 12:38 pm.

    Derek, I guess that’s why she gets away with outright lies and occasional half-truths. Even her own source says she has lied most of the time and some still choose to believe her.

  3. Submitted by Terry Hayes on 12/19/2011 - 01:51 pm.

    Derek Wain, you need to get ‘The Madness of Michele Bachmann’ as soon as possible and find out what your ‘little lady with a spine of titanium’ is really made of. She’s notoriously untruthful. Your trust, I fear, is grossly misplaced.

  4. Submitted by Derrick Schluck on 12/21/2011 - 12:23 pm.

    “After the debates that we had last week, PolitiFact came out and said that everything that I said was true,”

    The sad part is, She actually believe that what she says is true.

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