DayOne, the Sexual Assault & Trauma Center in Providence, says: "In Rhode Island it is estimated that one in eight women have been sexually assaulted during their lifetime." This number came up a couple of weeks ago at a news conference held by the R.I. State-Wide Task Force on Adult Sexual Assault. We were alarmed by this number and wanted to research further. One note before we begin: following the lead of PolitiFact national, we will refrain from using our "Truth-O-Meter" for this report. PolitiFact national has based its decision on the well-documented underreporting of sexual assault. There is, as a result, no solid data on sexual assault as there is for robbery or murder.
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So Lincoln Chafee — Rhode Island’s Republican-independent-Democrat — is running for President. The former governor of the smallest — and at times quirkiest — state has a PolitiFact record that is as mixed as his political lineage. During the four years that the former Republican U.S. senator served as first the independent and then the Democratic governor of Rhode Island, only once did PolitiFact judge one of his statements Half True. More often, the Truth-O-Meter swung back and forth from True to False as Chafee battled a stagnant economy and a hostile General Assembly.
PolitiFact Rhode Island marks a milestone today -- our 500th Truth-O-Meter ruling. When The Providence Journal began our partnership with PolitiFact.com in June 2010, few in Rhode Island had heard of the organization, and few other news organizations had formal fact-checking operations. More than four years later, PolitiFact has become a verb in the Ocean State, as in "I’d better be careful what I say or they might ‘PolitiFact’ me. More:
Singer John Legend rocked the Academy Award show Sunday night with his stirring song "Glory," which won the award for Best Original Song. In his acceptance speech, Legend talked about continuing racial discrimination in the United States, which he called "the most incarcerated country in the world," saying there are more black men "under correctional control than were under slavery in 1850." PolitiFact Rhode Island examined a similar claim in December, from Diego Arene-Morley, president of Brown University Students for Sensible Drug Policy. "There are more African-American men in prison, jail, on probation or parole than were enslaved in 1850," Arene-Morley said. PolitiFact Rhode Island ruled Arene-Morley's claim True. Read the facts behind John Legend's statement here.
During her long campaign for governor, Gina Raimondo talked at length about Rhode Island’s problems and what she’d do about them if elected. She made promises on issues ranging from jobs, education and transportation to gun control, business regulations and aid for veterans. Will she keep them? To help voters keep score, PolitiFact Rhode Island has launched the Gina-Meter to track Raimondo’s progress.
From beach fees to marijuana, from pensions to slavery, PolitiFact Rhode Island covered a lot of ground in 2014, a year that was also marked by hard-fought political campaigns that generated many dubious claims. Overall, we issued 90 rulings that hit every stop on our Truth-O-Meter, from True to Pants on Fire. As the year ends, we thought we’d take a moment to review our most widely-read PolitiFact items of 2014. Here they are, in descending order, as determined by page views on our PolitiFact Rhode Island website:
The emergence of Ebola in the United States sparked a political and media frenzy, but many of the claims made were far from accurate. Collectively, they are PolitiFact's sixth annual Lie of the Year.
More than 2,000 years ago, the Greek playwright Aeschylus observed that in war, truth is the first casualty. In today’s political wars, if truth is not the first casualty, it’s definitely in harm’s way. In the eight weeks since the September primary, we’ve examined 21 claims from candidates or their supporters. We rated 11 Mostly False or worse on our Truth-O-Meter’s six-point scale. Nine were True or Mostly True, one was Half True. But recently, as the campaigns ramped up their attacks with increasingly harsh commercials and mailers, the ratings have definitely trended downward. More
Today, PolitiFact Rhode Island has a new look as part of a new design for all the PolitiFact sites. Our overhaul includes responsive design, so our website works better on tablets and smartphones. When you browse the site on those devices, you’ll see a larger Truth-O-Meter rating along with easy-to-read text of the entire report. In addition to PolitiFact Rhode Island, the redesign extends to our PunditFact site, as well as our other state PolitiFact sites: Florida, Georgia, New Hampshire, Oregon, Texas, Virginia and Wisconsin. More:
Over the past few months, PolitiFact Rhode Island has been busy fact-checking the many claims and counterclaims that have been made in the 2014 primary races. Not surprisingly, we found many to be untrue. We checked statements made by candidates for many different offices, but spent most of our time on the highest profile races -- the Democratic and Republican primaries for governor. In the end, when the last TV attack ad has aired, the last campaign mailer has arrived in the mailbox, the last robocall has landed in your voicemail, you -- the Rhode Island voter -- will have to decide who the best candidates are. As you make your choices, you can see all our rulings on our website, PolitiFactRI.com, which is searchable by candidate name, office sought, and subjects, such as "taxes," or "jobs." Here are summaries of our rulings in the governor’s races.
Four years ago today -- June 25, 2010 -- PolitiFact Rhode Island published its first Truth-O-Meter rulings. Political discourse in the state hasn't been the same since. We constantly see politicians and other public figures hesitating when they speak, expressing concern that they will be fact-checked. It has made some -- but not all -- take more care in the facts they present to support their arguments, improving the level of political discourse in the state. Click on "more" to see how our rulings break down.
Clay Pell, Gina Raimondo and Angel Taveras have at least two things in common. They’re all running in the Democratic primary for governor. And they’ve all faced PolitiFact Rhode Island’s Truth-O-Meter, with varying outcomes. As the candidates prepare for Tuesday night’s Providence Journal/WPRI-12 debate, we thought we’d take a look at their PolitiFact scorecards.
It's time once again for a peek into the PolitiFact Rhode Island's mailbag to look at some of the reactions we've gotten from readers to recent fact checks.
What piqued the interest of PolitiFact Rhode Island readers last month? According to our website data, they were interested in whether the poorest states are Red states, if today's young adults are fit for military service, and the degree to which cancer-causing chemicals are present in marijuana smoke.