Tom Kertscher, PolitiFact

Tom Kertscher


Milwaukee, WI, United States

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Past articles by Tom:

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

PolitiFact - Deficit ‘prediction’ for infrastructure bill varies widely from estimates

The day after the House passed an infrastructure bill and sent it to President Joe Biden to be signed, conservative podc/> <meta name= → Read More

PolitiFact - 2008 quote does not reflect scientific consensus: Humans do cause global warming

During the U.N’s global summit on climate change in Scotland, Facebook users shared a viral image claiming that global w → Read More

PolitiFact - Confiscating US billionaires’ wealth would run the US government about 8 months

Around the time Democrats briefly considered a proposed "billionaires tax," a two-year-old Facebook post resurfaced clai/> <meta name= → Read More

PolitiFact - No evidence that masks cause dangerous carbon dioxide buildup for children

A Facebook post alluding to COVID-19 carried this admonishment: "WARNING UNMASK YOUR KIDS! Any Carbon Dioxide concentrat → Read More

PolitiFact - Vaccine boosters mean vaccines failed? Wrong

A viral image claimed that COVID-19 vaccines are a "failed product" and, therefore, the vaccines’ booster shots are more/> <meta name= → Read More

PolitiFact - COVID-19 death rate in England much higher among unvaccinated than vaccinated

A dramatic claim about the pandemic in the United Kingdom was made by Alex Berenson, a former New York Times reporter wh/> <meta name= → Read More

PolitiFact | A video clip shows Fauci plotted AIDS pandemic? Pants on Fire!

A 39-second TikTok video with background music suggests that it shows Dr. Anthony Fauci laying out an evil plan to creat → Read More

PolitiFact | Vaccines do not cause sudden infant death syndrome

A viral image doesn’t mention COVID-19, but it falsely implies that vaccines cause Sudden Infant Death Syndrome. The ima/> <meta name= → Read More