Fact-Checking the Pundits: Ready to Watch Them Squirm?

PolitiFact, the website that measures statements by politicians and talking heads against the public record, must be doing something right. Right-wing commentator/politician Sarah Palin once demanded to “fact check the fact checkers.” From the other end of the political spectrum, TV commentator Rachel Maddow says PolitiFact is “terrible.” Starting Nov. 4, the folks behind PolitiFact will double the fun by launching PunditFact, taking exclusive aim on “pundits, columnists, bloggers and the hosts and guests of talk shows.” >> Sign up for …

Don’t Trust the Government? Join the Club

Public trust in the government is near an all-time low – not exactly a shock for a survey taken during a shutdown of the federal government. Sign up for the AARP Money Matters newsletter. Only 19 percent of American adults trust the federal government to do what’s right just about always or most of the time, according to a new survey from the Pew Research Center for the People & the Press. More than four-fifths of respondents said they are …

Medicare: Time for a Reality Check?

The public’s view of Medicare doesn’t match reality, according to an analysis of six polls by the New England Journal of Medicine, which says that the “wide gap in beliefs between experts on the financial state of Medicare and the public at large” could end up affecting the ongoing battle over the federal budget. Here are some of the chief disconnects: Although Medicare spending has been rising at slower rates during the past five years, 62 percent of Americans think just …

The Health Care Law – Look Who’s Talking

The public’s most trusted sources of information about the Affordable Care Act – Obamacare, as many Americans know it – aren’t necessarily the ones they’re most likely to be hearing from. This from the most recent Kaiser Health Tracking Poll, which also tells us that lots of Americans – 44 percent of those surveyed – are confused about the health care law, with 31 percent unsure whether it is the law, 8 percent thinking that it has been repealed and another …