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PolitiFact POUNCES on Rick Scott Over Garland's Angry Parents Probe

October 14th, 2021 7:39 AM

PolitiFact gets very defensive when Republicans attack the Biden administration. Attorney General Merrick Garland has zero fact checks from PolitiFact, ever. But on Monday, PolitiFact's Jon Greenberg gave Sen. Rick Scott (R-Fla.) a "False" for an October 5 tweet about Garland's orders to investigate parents as potential violent criminals. 

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PolitiFact Face-Plants As Grassley Notes Voters Favor Voter ID Laws

October 7th, 2021 9:59 PM

At the blog Legal Insurrection, Stacey Matthews picked on PolitiFact for its incredibly lame Twitter criticism of Sen. Charles Grassley at a Wednesday Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on H.R. 4, which Democrats call the "John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act." The senator accurately noted polls show a strong majority of Americans favor voter ID laws.

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Column: Facebook, the New Evil Empire?

October 6th, 2021 6:01 AM

In the last few years, Facebook has become Public Enemy #1 in the media’s imagination, and Mark Zuckerberg is suddenly the creepy James Bond villain. Celebrated PBS filmmaker Ken Burns even ranted on a podcast that Zuckerberg was an “enemy of the state” who should be in jail. Conservatives don’t like how much they are censored on Facebook. Liberals don’t like how conservatives are never…

Wrong! PolitiFact Flags Daily Wire Biden-Mocking Meme as 'Half True'

August 27th, 2021 4:37 PM

PolitiFact just can't avoid the chance to defend Joe Biden, even if the "facts" at hand are pretty much true. On August 23, Louis Jacobson threw a "Half True" at a Daily Wire meme on Facebook about Biden cancelling the Keystone pipeline out of Canada, and now we're importing Russian oil instead. How dare conservatives connect the two! 

FSA, Conservatives Urge Fact-Checking Network to Drop PolitiFact

August 25th, 2021 9:30 AM

Media Research Center President Brent Bozell, in conjunction with the Free Speech Alliance, joined 10 other conservative leaders in demanding the International Fact-Checking Network remove PolitiFact as a fact-checker for violating IFCN’s Code of Principles.

NewsBusters Podcast: Late-Show 'Comedians' Avoid Hits on Biden Failure

August 20th, 2021 7:05 PM

On the latest NewsBusters Podcast, we notice that the late-night "comedians" aren't willing to roast President Biden for the debacle in Afghanistan. In fact, NBC's Seth Meyers praised Biden as the "salty grandpa" who can tell us what we didn't want to hear, that all we needed to get out. Stephen Colbert on CBS changed the subject to anti-vaxxer crazies in California, smearing them…

OOOPS: PolitiFact Urges 'Come Join Our Misinformation Team'

July 31st, 2021 7:49 AM

Joseph Wulfsohn at Fox News pointed out that Conservative Twitter had a lot of fun with PolitiFact on Thursday when Bill McCarthy didn't see the double meaning in his tweet "PolitiFact is hiring! Come join our misinformation team."

PolitiFact Tags It FALSE That Biden/Harris 'Distrusted COVID Vaccines'

July 26th, 2021 2:27 PM

PolitiFact’s aggressive defense of Biden and Harris popped up again on Friday. They tagged it as “False” for a Tik-Tok video that “Says Joe Biden and Kamala Harris distrusted COVID-19 vaccines.” The quotes in the video are all accurate, but they caused Facebook to flag the video as “Missing Context.” As in – the editing is too negative for their liking.

Column: Republicans Did Not Defund the Police

July 14th, 2021 6:01 AM

Here’s an easy test to see whether fact-checking websites can make any claim to be “independent” and nonpartisan in tone. Biden staffers claimed Republicans “defunded the police.” That’s a bald-faced lie.

PolitiFact Cries FALSE on Biden Backing Subsidized Late-Term Abortions

July 1st, 2021 7:12 AM

PolitiFact has a partisan tendency to come running to Biden's defense, and  liberal tendency to "fact check" arguments about Democrats backing abortion in the third trimester. This happened again on Wednesday to Derrick Van Orden, a Republican congressional candidate in Wisconsin's 3rd congressional district who narrowly lost in 2020. PolitiFact cries "Mostly False" over a tweet that says…

Did Politifact Cave to VA Dems After McAuliffe Piece? [UPDATED]

June 30th, 2021 12:28 AM

On Tuesday, we saw yet another example of the buddy-buddy relationship between the liberal media and those they want to help work to elect. A day after Virginia’s Politifact published a takedown of a misleading ad from former Democratic Governor Terry McAuliffe’s campaign against Republican Glenn Youngkin, the outlet retracted it Tuesday under the auspices of “a substantial omission.”

Column: PolitiFact Isn't Partisan? Pants on Fire!

June 9th, 2021 9:00 AM

At their recent “United Facts of America Festival,” PolitiFact interviewed Sen. Mark Warner (D.-Va). Their executive director Aaron Sharockman began with some light humor, telling Warner he was one of the more accurate members of Congress. Sharockman complimented Warner for having zero "Pants on Fire" rated claims.

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Explainer: How Fact Checkers Abuse Their Role To Boost Democrat Causes

May 25th, 2021 8:01 AM

Fact checkers are just as susceptible to bias and narrative-pushing as any other class of journalist. Despite this, major media organizations treat them as a source of reliably unbiased information — as do social media companies like FaceBook and Twitter, who have granted them the power to flag and remove anything they deem “misinformation.”

PolitiFact Quietly Retracts 'Pants on Fire' It Gave Tucker Carlson

May 20th, 2021 11:06 PM

Andrew Kerr at the Daily Caller reported that PolitiFact posted an Editor's Note on May 17 quietly retracting a "Pants On Fire" it gave to Tucker Carlson last September for a supposedly "debunked conspiracy theory" about the origins of the coronavirus in Wuhan, China. PolitiFact's animus against Carlson is obvious: It's…