After President Trump withdrew from Obama's executive agreement with Iran, Twitter Moments harped on Iranian politicians burning an American flag and saying "Death to America." As if Trump re-started this routine? On The Daily Show Wednesday night, Trevor Noah cracked "these guys are extreme in Iran's parliament. They're basically the Ted Cruzes of Iran." This offered a reminder that PolitiFact dinged Cruz as "Mostly False" in 2015 for saying Iran celebrates "Death to America Day," and Cruz backed it up with press clips.
Sen. Ted Cruz laid into PolitiFact as a “liberal parody site” on Twitter on Thursday, underlining how their “Truth-o-Meter” ratings differed on whether his Senate campaign opponent Beto O’Rourke was being condemned by a Republican or a Democrat. “When his Dem primary opponent said Beto ‘wants to legalize drugs’ they said ‘half true.’ When I said same thing, they say ‘false.’”
One of the most annoying tendencies of "Fact Checkers" is to claim that (a) the facts at issue are true and (b) it's still wrong somehow. Take PolitiFact Wisconsin's Tom Kertscher judging Republican Gov. Scott Walker as "Half True" while he's factually correct. He was half-false by claiming credit, when his reforms are a "contributing factor." But PolitiFact ruled liberal Democrat Gov. Andrew Cuomo was "True" in taking credit for his state's job picture.
Shortly after the Media Research Center announced its Fact Checking the Fact Checkers project, Real Clear Politics has introduced its own "Fact Check Review." Now that social-media giants like Facebook now employ "independent" fact-checking groups to flag "fake" articles -- which can experience an 80 percent drop in traffic -- RCP is asking if the fact-checkers are truly free of bias.
PolitiFact makes some strange decisions...like fact-checking two words in a Trump tweet: "'Caravans' coming." They called Trump "Half True" because only one caravan (of 1,500 illegal immigrants) was coming.
Journalists are racing to target President Trump and blame the Florida shooting on guns and the NRA. So, it might be a good time to look back. President Ronald Reagan wrote an essay in the spring of 1983. He was talking about exactly what was not on display in Parkland, Florida in the heart and soul of shooter Nikolas Cruz- the value of, and the respect for, human life. And in the aftermath of the school shooting that left seventeen dead? The nation’s media was also determined - one might say determined to the point of obsession to place blame.
Google’s new fact-checker is just as bias as you would expect. On Tuesday, The Daily Caller reported that the feature, for the most part, only targets conservative sites. For example, both The Daily Caller and Daily Wire are fact checked (and mostly incorrectly as the two sites point out), but Vox, HuffPost, ThinkProgress, Slate, Salon, Mother Jones, and Daily Kos are not.
The least surprising thing about PolitiFact’s 2017 "Lie of the Year" is that it’s uttered by Donald Trump. Their biggest lie was “Russian election interference is a ‘made-up story.’” Once again, PolitiFact showed far more aggression in evaluating Trump’s statements than any prominent Democrat. In 2017, the “independent fact checkers” singled out Trump for 140 evaluations, and 95 of them (68 percent) were Mostly False, False, and Pants on Fire.
David Graham, a writer at The Atlantic, thinks it might not be a good idea to annoy your fellow Thanksgiving guests with discussions about politics. However, this year he is making an exception and is urging his fellow liberals to attempt reeducating the "unenlightened" Thanksgiving guests with a plethora of leftist talking points. Why? Because of President Donald Trump.
Boy, it's a good thing that Google and Facebook have enlisted "fact checkers" like the Associated Press, Snopes, and Politifact to vet questionable stories appearing in their news feeds.
PolitiFact advertised on its home page an article on “Fact checking” Hillary’s campaign book What Happened. Don’t be shocked: PolitiFact didn’t find anything that they would call “False,” let alone “Pants on Fire.” They were very selective and helpful in picking out claims from the book...they skipped over Hillary suggesting the media favored Trump, for example.
Thursday at NewsBusters, I noted that all of the major-media "fact-checking" efforts recognized by Duke University's ReportersLab.org website lean left, and that almost all of them are quite decidedly on the left. That only begins to explain how the "fact-checkers" are distorting the news landscape.