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Politifact NC’s Top 10 fact-checks of 2016

It was a long, strange year – particularly for North Carolina politics.

If you want to masochistically wander down memory lane, head over to Politifact NC to check out their Top 10 political fact checks.

Surprising no one, several are HB2 related. Interesting to look at what people were saying when and how quickly and easily it could be debunked.

Who remembers this dust up between then-Governor Pat McCrory and Bruce Springsteen?

Number 2: “Pat McCrory says Springsteen canceled North Carolina show after poor ticket sales”

After a deluge of musical acts announced boycotts of North Carolina in order to protest HB2, McCrory lashed out at one of the most famous ones. In a radio interview, he suggested Bruce Springsteen’s cancelation was really a convenient excuse to cover up poor ticket sales.

Springsteen “only had 8,000 tickets sold” for a Greensboro show and canceled after “they didn’t get the ticket sales they wanted,” McCrory said.

We rated that claim Pants on Fire.

When Springsteen canceled several days before the show, he hald sold twice as many tickets as McCrory claimed, and the show was already nearly sold out. Our fact-check prompted McCrory to publicly apologize.

Read the full fact-check (and admire our constraint in not making too many Springsteen puns) here.

 

Read the whole list here.

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