NewsBusters Podcast: PolitiFact Is NOT 'Obsessed with Fairness'

April 10th, 2024 10:28 PM

While USA Today fact-checking boss Eric Litke says fact-checkers should be "obsessed with fairness," our latest NewsBusters study of PolitiFact demonstrates a significant partisan aggression against Republican politicians.

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PolitiFact's 'Truth-O-Meter' Has a Dramatic Democratic Party TILT

April 9th, 2024 11:00 AM

A NewsBusters analysis of the first three months of this year's PolitiFact articles that evaluated a named politician or public official with a “Truth-O-Meter” ruling reveals that the site fact-checks Republicans more often than Democrats and is much harsher in its opinions of the GOP side.

Take The April Fool's Facebook Fact-Checkers Quiz

April 1st, 2024 9:00 AM

It is April 1 which means the news consumer must be extra aware for hijinks, tomfoolery, and other assortments of fake news. While some may have great fun with tales of pitchers who can throw 168 mile an hour fastballs while wearing a hiking boot on one foot and being barefoot on the other, the fact-checkers that are part of Facebook’s anti-disinformation campaign may beg to differ.

PolitiFact Slaps 'False' Rating On Babylon Bee Joke About Buttigieg

March 30th, 2024 2:00 PM

The professional fact-checking industry has run into problems with The Babylon Bee before and some have responded better than others. Some outlets, like Snopes and USA Today, have a “satire” label. For PolitiFact, on the other hand, a satirical joke about Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg is no laughing matter as it rated a Wednesday…

Biden Commits Train Gaffe, PolitiFact Spins Against the Plain Truth!

March 29th, 2024 4:57 PM

Joe Biden obviously misspoke on Tuesday when he implied he went over Baltimore's Francis Scott Key Bridge commuting by train or by bar. Because obviously, there were no train tracks over the Key Bridge. The facts mangled here are in Biden's sentence. But the Biden guardians at PolitiFact somehow pretended that Biden wasn't in the wrong. He was wronged. 

PolitiFact Warns Properly Defining Gender May 'Lead To Discrimination'

March 23rd, 2024 2:00 PM

As state legislatures across the country deal with the ramifications of the gender ideology’s movement to redefine gender and differentiate it from sex, PolitiFact’s resident “LGBTQ issues” staff writer Grace Abels warned on Friday that those opposed to this redefinition are persuing bills that will “lead to discrimination.”

GASP: Snopes Fact-Checks Biden Admin’s ‘15 Million’ Jobs Added Claim

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March 22nd, 2024 4:23 PM

It was always asinine for President Joe Biden’s administration to claim that they “nearly” added 15 million jobs since the pandemic, and it apparently stank so much that even leftist fact-checker Snopes didn’t let it pass the smell test.

Dem's Job Creation Talking Point Reveals PolitiFact's Double Standards

March 22nd, 2024 11:47 AM

Professional fact-checkers love to add context to their articles to argue why the claim made by whoever they are checking is more complicated than the claimant is suggesting. This can also be evidence of double standards.

Reuters Ignores Biden, Fact Checks Babylon Bee

March 16th, 2024 1:30 PM

The Babylon Bee lives rent-free in the minds of too many journalists.

'Just One Vote,' PolitiFact Defends Dem Senator's Spending Record

March 14th, 2024 1:21 PM

GOP Senate hopeful Eric Hovde has run afoul of the nitpickers at PolitiFact for correctly stating Democratic incumbent Tammy Baldwin's record on the national debt. The Thursday fact-check from Hope Karnopp defended Baldwin by claiming his statistics are unfair because the economy is larger than it has been historically and Baldwin is “just one vote in Congress.”

Column: AP 'Fact Focus' Elastically Redefines Terms to Defend Biden

March 8th, 2024 7:45 AM

Reading the “fact checkers” in the press sometimes triggers memories of the comic-book hero Plastic Man, who could contort into all sorts of shapes. Take the Associated Press, and immigration reporter Elliot Spagat in San Diego.

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PolitiFact: Don't Blame Mayorkas For Fentanyl, But Gender Can Change

February 14th, 2024 3:34 PM

It is a commonly accepted axiom that in politics the buck stops with the president or, if you like, his cabinet, but for PolitiFact applying this standard to the border and Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas is “false.” At the same time, PolitiFact will go to great lengths to insist that gender is something completely different from sex.

Column: PolitiFact Celebrates Fact-Checking Donald Trump 1,000 Times

February 14th, 2024 5:48 AM

Never call PolitiFact an “independent fact-checker.” They are every bit as liberal and biased as their fans in the liberal media. Recently, they announced they had published their 1000th “fact check” of Donald Trump.

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Factcheck.org Editor Dubiously Claims They Target Both Sides Equally

January 30th, 2024 4:31 PM

Factcheck.org may be the least offensive of all the fact-checking websites, but that is a low bar as it still has issues with case selection, but managing editor Lori Robertson claimed on C-SPAN’s Sunday edition of Washington Journal that they do not.