Tom Kertscher, PolitiFact

Tom Kertscher


Milwaukee, WI, United States

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Past articles by Tom:

PolitiFact - Nothing to back up claim that constipation killed seven times more people than rifles in US

A social media post suggested that not being able to pull the trigger, so to speak, is far more lethal than pulling it. → Read More

PolitiFact - Social Security does add to federal budget deficit, despite Occupy Democrats’ claim to the contrary

In a "Dear Republican Party" Facebook post, the group Occupy Democrats suggested that the GOP would use federal deficits → Read More

PolitiFact | Group says tax returns show Trump paid what he owed, but only audits can confirm that

A conservative group proclaimed that six years of former President Donald Trump’s tax returns proved he had follow → Read More

PolitiFact | Seizing on abortion, Democrats claim Republicans back no-exceptions bans. That isn’t true for all

Galvanized by the Supreme Court’s decision to end nearly 50 years of federally protected abortion access, Democrat → Read More

PolitiFact - Cortez Masto’s Spanish ad twists Laxalt’s remarks on lost Hispanic jobs and businesses

Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto, D-Nev., the first Latina elected to the U.S. Senate, claims that her Republican opponent ch → Read More

PolitiFact | Fact-checking Rubio’s claim on Demings’ stance on transgender athletes and ‘radical’ gender identity

In the Florida U.S. Senate race, Republican Sen. Marco Rubio used transgender and gender identity references to cast Dem → Read More

PolitiFact - Catholic group’s ad attacking Biden overstates role of abortion rights as motive in church arsons

A Catholic lobbying group’s ad attacking President Joe Biden, himself a Catholic, claims that churches are being targete → Read More

PolitiFact | Blake Masters still supports a national abortion ban, but during the third trimester

Battling in a toss-up race that could decide which party controls the U.S. Senate, Sen. Mark Kelly, D-Ariz., attacked hi → Read More

PolitiFact | In Pennsylvania Senate race, Mehmet Oz distorts John Fetterman’s stance on releasing prison inmates

Attacking his election opponent as "crazier than you think," Mehmet Oz tweeted an ad to his 3.8 million Twitter follower → Read More

PolitiFact - Roe reversal, ending national access to abortion, makes US an outlier among developed nations

President Joe Biden claimed that the Supreme Court’s reversal of Roe v. Wade made America an aberration when it comes to → Read More

PolitiFact | GOP Ariz. Senate hopeful Lamon falsely claims that Biden wants to give ‘illegal immigrants’ $450,000

Businessman Jim Lamon is seeking to win a GOP Senate primary in Arizona, defeat Democratic incumbent Sen. Mark Kelly and → Read More

PolitiFact | Sen. Rand Paul’s ad was wrong claiming there are no omicron hospitalizations; he took the ad down

Since omicron was detected in late November, early indications have been that it results in milder illness than other va → Read More

PolitiFact | Claim that Pfizer data shows vaccine does more harm than good is Pants on Fire

A headline widely shared on Facebook alleges that Pfizer’s own data show that the company’s COVID-19 vaccine causes more → Read More

PolitiFact - An enduring tradition: False claims about attacks on Christmas

An interview with former President Donald Trump continued what has become something of a holiday tradition: some people& → Read More

PolitiFact - Self-published book on omicron was not copyrighted before variant was discovered

A viral image suggests that the omicron COVID-19 variant was known before public health authorities announced they had d → Read More

PolitiFact - US southern border 'completely open'? That’s False

Travel bans ordered by President Joe Biden in response to the new coronavirus variant triggered an article from the cons → Read More

PolitiFact | Build Back Better bill wouldn’t parole criminal immigrants

An image showing a bare-chested, heavily tattooed man attacks the Build Back Better bill by claiming: "Build Back Illega/> <meta name= → Read More

PolitiFact | Kyle Rittenhouse’s mother did not bring him to a Kenosha riot armed with a rifle

With the trial of Kyle Rittenhouse nearing its end, a viral image on social media attacked the mother of the Illinois te/> <meta name= → Read More

PolitiFact | In Context: Joe Biden’s ‘Negro’ reference to baseball player Satchel Paige

After President Joe Biden clumsily related an anecdote about Negro Leagues and major-league pitcher Satchel Paige, he tr/> <meta name= → Read More

PolitiFact - Image mocks a Tesla recharging with a generator. Here’s what it doesn’t show.

A reader asked us to fact-check an image widely shared on Facebook that takes a shot at electric cars. The image shows s → Read More