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Fact Checker Archive: Geppetto's Checkmark

Cutting the defense budget

Colin L. Powell says he managed to cut the defense budget by 25 percent. Does his claim hold up?

By Glenn Kessler  | January 25, 2011; 6:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Geppetto's Checkmark, Other Foreign Policy, War on Terror  
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The Pot and the Kettle

Scott McClellan says that the American media failed to do its job properly during the run-up to the Iraqi war. The Fact Checker agrees.

By Michael Dobbs  | May 29, 2008; 3:20 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (56)
Categories:  Geppetto's Checkmark, History, Iraq, MSM Watch  
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A Geppetto for Bill Clinton

Sometimes facial expressions are more eloquent than the most stirring rhetoric. The Fact Checker studies Bill Clinton's face during Tuesday night's election rally in Indiana.

By Michael Dobbs  | May 7, 2008; 10:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Candidate Record, Candidate Watch, Geppetto's Checkmark  
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Still no light at the end of the tunnel

A rare Geppetto checkmark to General Petraeus and Ambassador Crocker for acknowledging that there is still no "light at the end of the tunnel" in Iraq. The three remaining presidential candidates have been less honest about the flaws in their own Iraqi exit strategies.

By Michael Dobbs  | April 9, 2008; 1:55 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (30)
Categories:  Barack Obama, Candidate Watch, Geppetto's Checkmark, Iraq  
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Truth-telling on Iraq

Back from a short vacation, the Fact Checker awards a rare Geppetto checkmark, celebrating the dictum that "a gaffe is when a politician tells the truth."

By Michael Dobbs  | March 13, 2008; 1:25 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (30)
Categories:  Barack Obama, Candidate Watch, Geppetto's Checkmark, Iraq  
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Grace and Candor Under Pressure

Giuliani, Clinton, and Obama receive Geppetto checkmarks from the Fact Checker for statements that combine honesty with memorability.

By Michael Dobbs  | November 26, 2007; 6:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (17)
Categories:  Barack Obama, Candidate Record, Candidate Watch, Geppetto's Checkmark  
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