Catherine Thompson

Catherine Thompson is a reporter for Talking Points Memo. Before joining TPM, she worked as a research assistant to investigative reporter Wayne Barrett. She is a graduate of New York University, where she served as the deputy managing editor of NYU's student newspaper, the Washington Square News. She can be reached at

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Carly Fiorina’s graphic description of a scene from the heavily-edited Planned Parenthood “sting videos” that no one can prove exists was just the tip of the iceberg.

In the weeks since Fiorina’s standout moment at the Sept. 16 Republican presidential primary debate, news outlets have pointed to a slew of statements from the former Hewlett-Packard CEO and her campaign staff about everything from her personal life and business record to policy positions that don’t stand up to scrutiny.

TPM asked the Fiorina campaign on Tuesday to comment on five recent incidents where the candidate or her staff have begun to show a pattern of fudging the facts. Spokeswoman Anna Epstein obliged but challenged the merits of TPM's request.

"Considering how far you've had to bend over backwards to try to construe these statements in a way that fits your left-wing narrative, I'd say that sort of contortionism speaks for itself," she wrote in an email.

And just as Fiorina has since doubled-, tripled- and quadrupled-down on her description of the grisly alleged Planned Parenthood “sting” video scene, her spokeswoman dismissed challenges to Fiorina and her staff’s assertions point-by-point.

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The conservative, Christian law firm representing defiant Kentucky clerk Kim Davis admitted late Monday that a photo it circulated of a Peruvian prayer rally in solidarity with its client was actually a photo of another event entirely.

Liberty Counsel insisted in a press release that Peruvians still prayed for the Rowan County clerk, though.

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